Patricia Arquette, Academy Award-winner and her siblings Rosanna Rosanna, Rosanna, David and Richmond are well-respected for their acting abilities. It is not common to know the dark backstory of their lives. It’s as gut-wrenching as a Hollywood drama, but for the Arquettes, it was reality.
Patricia, her sisters and brothers, reportedly suffered from severe poverty, tragedies and cruelty, as well as abuse, addiction, and hardships which would bring anyone to his knees. They have always been there for one another, despite all the hardships. The Arquette siblings survived by their determination and grit. Their mutual love and steadfastness may have saved them.
Strong bonds were formed among The Arquette Siblings after an impoverished and abusive childhood
Performing was the Arquettes’ family heritage. They displayed success and creativity outwardly. The siblings’ grandfather was renowned comedian and Hollywood SquaresCliff Arquette is a TV game show regular. His stage persona is Charley Weaver. Lewis was their father, an actor who played a part on the TV game show. The WaltonsBrenda, their mom “Mardi”Nowak was a poet.
In the early 1970s, the family moved from Chicago to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to be closer to Skymont Subud. As Patricia told The Wall Street JournalIn 2017, “They wanted to raise us in a spiritual, utopian society away from the rat race and closer to nature.”
Although it sounds idyllic and romantic, this was a more primitive experience for Arquettes. They lived in stark poverty reminiscent of an earlier century—everyone slept in one room; there was no electricity. Rosanna and Patricia both spoke of not having basic necessities like running water or a bathroom.
On a 2011 appearance Oprah Winfrey’s ShowThe sisters chattedIn a matter of fact tone, they described a dysfunctional household that included violence, physical abuse, and a father who frequently drank marijuana. “When you grow up in that kind of family,”Rosanna stated, “it is a family disease. It affects everybody.”
The Arquettes became very close as they had to cope with their chaotic childhood. They would support each other through the many challenges they would encounter later in life. 2016 PeopleThese are their names “one of Hollywood’s largest and tightest-knit families.”
David Inherited His Father’s Struggles With Addiction
Patricia stated that David was “the all-American good boy”Who played basketball and baseball, and was “a great son.” She also astutely pointed out that sadly, he couldn’t fix what was wrong with his family by being perfect.
David’s problems with substance abuse began when he was just a kid. He said that he stole pot from his dad at the age of 8 and started drinking at 12 years. He claimed that he had his first alcoholic drink when he was just 4. When his mother died, he began to use drugs.
David and Courteney, the actress Courteney cox, also experienced turmoil. He had revealed intimate details about their lives. Howard Stern 2010 on the radioThe couple discussed their problems and shared their feelings. David openedly discussed what might have been better left behind.
He voiced his dissatisfaction with Cox. “I don’t want to be your mother anymore.”David also claimed that they had legally split (they eventually divorced), while Cox stated that he wanted the split.
With David’s addiction intruding uncomfortably into his life and marriage, Patricia and Cox knew that they had to do something to help him. They called for an intervention and David entered a 28 day rehab program for his drinking.
David was finally able to stop using substances and the dangerous side effects of them after a nearly fatal incident in 2018. During “a stint in the professional wrestling world,”Nick Gage, Nick’s death match opponent, accidentally hit David with a lightbulb and stabbed him in the neck.
“I thought I was dying,” David told People. “I got out of the ring and I was totally lost. I couldn’t see and I couldn’t hear.”After receiving treatment, he admitted that he was still feeling well. “feeling pain to numb pain.”
His terrifying mishap with the ring was partially responsible for his change in outlook. He also received therapy support from Christina McLarty Arquette (whom he married in 2015).
David honestly took stock of his life. He stated, “I had to stop being self-destructive and making choices that were throwing bombs.” Even so, He admitted that he had IndieWire 2020 that he’s “never been a full-on sober person.”He claimed that he still smoked CBD, which has THC, and that he had given up hard liquor. David has stopped using pot or drinking while he’s working.
Alexis Arquette’s Gender Identity Was Ahead Of Her Time
Alexis was aware that she was transgender since a young age. While she was waiting for a laser procedure to be performed, she recorded herself reflecting on her childhood as a boy who loved wearing dresses. She claimed that she had been cross-dressing since the age of 9. When she was 13 or 14 years old, her parents took her from Virginia to Los Angeles. “get away from club life.”
She was bullied for being effeminate but she didn’t let it stop her from beginning a male to female transition in 2006. An A&E documentary, “Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother,”This is how she portrayed the process. Alexis was a passionate advocate for acceptance and change, not only for herself but for all LGBTQ+ people. She shared her story Newsweek In 2007, “Until all of us can feel we can walk down the street without ridicule, none of us really will ever be safe from Hitler’s Gestapo.”
Alexis describes herself as a crossdresser and drag queen. She challenged rigid, restrictive gender stereotypes through bold questions. “Are you really a man just because you dress like one? What are real men and real women? How about real people. Do men have to kill and women have to heal? I think everyone knows we’re all capable of the same.”
She credits her family for being extremely protective of her after she was openly revealed that she was transgender. A longtime friend, Sham Ibrahim, said, “Alexis had told me that she used to run around in high heels and wigs since the age of 2 and her family was very supportive about the whole thing.”
Her siblings recall her fluid understanding of gender. Nicki Swift reportedDavid was informed by her that she was there “gender suspicious”You could feel like a man or a woman. As Rosanna told The Daily Beast In 2021, “Alexis would have been a they.”
She began to present as a man in 2013, and told a friend. “gender is b*llsh*t.”
She died in 2016 from complications related to HIV/AIDS
Alexis was HIV/AIDS-positive for 29 years. She passed away in the final stages of her life. The Hollywood Reporter ClaimShe was in West Hollywood housing for HIV/AIDS-positive individuals, which she received from The Actors Fund.
Even though drugs were available that might have mitigated her condition and allowed her to extend her life, she adamantly refused them—despite being implored by her family to try them. A liver infection coursed through Alexis’ body and she died on September 11, 2016. The triumphant and uncompromising journey she made on this earth was too short.
Her sudden death at 47 was a shock to the Arquettes. “I can only speak for myself,” Rosanna told The Daily Beast, “but I know that it really left a huge, gaping wound in the family structure.” In Alexis’ honor, her siblings established the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation to support grassroots organizations helping the LGBTQ+ community.
Rosanna and Patricia Have Experienced the Same Career Obstacles as Women in Hollywood
Both were beaten by powerful men who sexually harassed them
Rosanna was the first woman to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of making sexual advances on her. A 2017 New YorkerRonan Farrow wrote this article.
The magazine reported that Weinstein allegedly forced her to have a sexual encounter at Beverly Hills Hotel in early 1990s. Rosanna denied that she had consented to the encounter and fled. Weinstein denied having had unwelcome sexual encounters. Weinstein felt her career had suffered because of this. “He made things difficult for me for years,”She spoke.
Also, October 2017 Patricia shared this messageTwitter: “Years ago [director] Oliver Stone wanted me to do a movie. We talked about the Material which was very sexual. The meeting was professional.”Patricia claimed Stone sent her roses. She then chastised Patricia about bringing her boyfriend to see a film of Natural Born Killers.
They’re Both Advocates For Fair Pay
Rosanna’s rebuff of Weinstein had financial repercussions for her, she believes. She shared her story The GuardianThat she was “the only famous actor [in Pulp Fiction] who didn’t have a back-end deal [a share of the profits].” The film was produced by Miramax, Weinstein’s company.
She alleged that rejecting Weinstein or speaking out against him put actresses’ professional lives in jeopardy. “There was a significant drop in careers. We’ve gone from the top of A-lists to bottom of the C-minus list within minutes.”
Rosanna thought there was some whispering campaign against Rosanna so she wouldn’t be offered any good roles. However, she didn’t have anything to support that suspicion. She got parts, but not necessarily the best.
Patricia resented the small amount she was paid for her participation in the film. Boyhood (2014). “I paid more money to my babysitter and my dog walker than I made on Boyhood, and to be in Boyhood!”
Many people cannot imagine what the Arquette siblings had to go through in the early years of their lives due to their turbulent upbringing. Somehow, with each other’s constant love and support, they survived. It’s as if their trials gave them the courage to confront injustice, oppression, or inequality.