Rosanna Lauren Arquette is an American actress, film director, and film producer born on August 10, 1959 in New York City. Her father was actor Lewis Arquette and mother, Mardi Olivia Nowak, was Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland. In 1963, Arquette's family moved to Chicago, where her father managed The Second City theater for several years.
Rosanna Arquette professional theater debut was on May 27, 1977, appearing in the Story Theatre Musical Ovid's The Metamorphoses at the Callboard Theatre on Melrose Place in Los Angeles. In Hollywood, she had her first roles playing teens with troubles. In 1982, she earned an Emmy Award nomination for the TV film The Executioner's Song. Arquette's first starring role was in John Sayles's Baby It's You (film), a highly regarded but little seen film. In 1989, Martin Scorsese offered her a part in New York Stories. Since then, Arquette has appeared, with few exceptions, in one or in several movies each year, some of them of notable interest, like Pulp Fiction and the David Cronenberg film, Crash.
In 1990, Rosanna appeared nude in Playboy's September issue, although without her prior knowledge or approval.
Arquette was married when she was 19 to director/ composer Tony Greco, they divorced in October 1980. She dated Steve Porcaro, member of the rock band Toto. In 1986 she married composer James Newton Howard but could not last long. Then she married to restaurateur Jon Sidel in 1993. One year later their daughter, Zoe Blue Sidel, was born. Arquette went on working intensively which led the couple to divorce.
Known for most of her career as an actress, in recent years, Arquette has also been expanding into film direction. Recent films include the documentaries 'Searching for Debra Winger (2002)' and 'All We Are Saying (2005)'.
"I'm a wreck. I get hurt very easily. I don't have a tough shell. I'm so insecure - it's pretty stupid for me to be in this business, isn't it?"
"Never eat a Mars Bar offered to you by Marianne Faithfull."