Alexis Arquette, the transgender character actress and kin of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond and Patricia Arquette, died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles. She was 47 and encompassed by family who serenaded her with David Bowie’s “Starman,” her sibling said in a statement Sunday.
“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” her brothers and sisters said. “We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth — that love is everything.”
Alexis was born Robert Arquette in Los Angeles in 1969, and she was an entertainer from a youthful age, showing up in a music video for The Tubes’ “She’s a Beauty” at age 12 and the infrequent other undertaking.
A all rounder performer, Arquette’s enormous break came in the 1989 adjustment of “Last Exit to Brooklyn” where she played the trans sex worker Georgette. She was simply going to New York with her sister Patricia Arquette who was up for a part in the film, however pregnant at the time.
“They asked me if I wanted to read for a role because they knew that I’d done a drag thing at one of my friend’s clubs,” Arquette said in a 1999 Index Magazine interview. “I ended up getting the job, basically through my sister. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have been in New York. But nobody gives you a job, you’ve got to earn it on your own. I would never want anyone to think that there’s some kind of cachet to my name.”
She also had bit roles in films like “Pulp Fiction,” ”Bride of Chucky” and as a Boy George impersonator first in the Adam Sandler comedy “The Wedding Singer” and again in “Blended.”
Boy George even tweeted his condolences to “his sister Alexis … another bright light gone out far too soon.”