Actress and Transgender Activist Alexis Arquette Dies At Age 47

 

Actress and Transgender Activist Alexis Arquette Dies At Age 47

Alexis Arquette, actress, transgender activist and member of a famous Hollywood family, died Sunday her brother Richmond Arquette and brother-in-law Todd Morgan confirmed.

She was 47.

TMZ reports:

Alexis Arquette died Sunday morning surrounded by family and friends … the family confirms to TMZ. Alexis’ brother, Richmond Arquette says Alexis died at 12:32 AM while listening to David Bowie’s, “Starman.” Besides being the sibling of David and Patricia Arquette — Alexis was known for her roles in “Pulp Fiction” and “The Wedding Singer,” as well as being a champion for trans rights. We’re told she’s been battling an illness.

At nineteen, Alexis Arquette landed her first sizable film role, playing transvestite Georgette in the screen adaptation of controversial novel Last Exit to Brooklyn. The majority of Arquette’s film work was in low-budget or independent films. Her starring roles include Jumpin’ at the Boneyard (as a crack addict), acting opposite Tim Roth, and New Zealand-shot fantasy Jack Be Nimble, as a man seeking revenge for a hellish childhood, and low budget comedy Killer Drag Queens on Dope, as a murderous drag queen.

Alexis Arquette appeared in I Think I Do, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, and Sometimes They Come Back… Again, among more than 40 other independent movies. Ms. Arquette also had supporting roles in Threesome and the horror film Bride of Chucky.

A 2007 film about her transition to becoming a woman, “Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother,” was popular on the film festival circuit.

 

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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