Actress Alexis Arquette Dies At 47

Alexis Arquette, the transgender activist and star of movies like ‘The Wedding Singer’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’, has died aged 47.

Alexis, sibling of Rosanna, Patricia, David and Richmond Arquette, was born Robert Arquette, with her transition from male to female being the subject of the 2007 documentary movie ‘Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother’.

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The cause of death has not been confirmed, though in a statement the family said that she ‘transitioned to another dimension’ as David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ played out.

“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” read a statement from the Arquettes.

“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.

“We are comforted by the fact that Alexis came into our family and was our brother and then our sister, and that she gave us so much love. We will love you always, Alexis. We know we were the lucky ones.

“Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical. She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people.”

David Arquette added on Twitter:

Boy George, on whom Alexis’s character in ‘The Wedding Singer’ was based, tweeted:

‘Friends’ star Courtney Cox, ex-wife of David, added: “My heart goes out to anyone who was lucky enough to know Alexis. We will love and miss you forever.”

Her first film role was playing transvestite Georgette in ‘Last Exit To Brooklyn’, and from there roles in movies and TV shows like ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’.

In the latter, she played the short-lived but pivotal role of ‘Man #4’, who opens fire on John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson’s hitmen, but spectacularly misses, leading Travolta’s character to an spiritual and existential epiphany.

There were also roles in ‘Bride Of Chucky’, ‘She’s All That’ and ‘Spun’.

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