Alexis Arquette – Before
We’re going to have to warn you upfront: the tale of Alexis Arquette is not a happy one. But before we get to the tragedy, let’s take you through her early life and the start of a brilliant career. Most people would have heard the Arquette name before, and with good reason. They’re an entire family of solid Hollywood actors, with each sibling – Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, Alexis, and David – sharing time on both big and small screen.Born in 1969, Alexis (born Robert) was just as talented as the rest. Playing roles in close to a hundred films and TV shows – from Friends to Pulp Fiction to Xena – Alexis lit up the screen wherever she went. She also knew she was different from the norm early on, with her female alter ego Eva Destruction often making appearances in public. By 2004, she had decided: she would take the plung and get gender reassignment, officially making her a woman.
Alexis Arquette – After
The surgery hardly changed anything for Alexis, and fans and family were completely unsurprised. The film roles continued, and Alexis later said of her change that “‘Gender is bullshit. Putting on a dress doesn’t biologically change anything. Nor does a sex-change. Sex-reassignment is physically impossible. All you can do is adopt these superficial characteristics but the biology will never change.”This was later on, when her long-running battle with HIV was drawing to a terrible close. She had contracted it at the age of 18, although it wasn’t a secret, her struggles were well hidden. At the age of 47, she had gone back to living as a man for three years and had given up the fight. On September 11, 2016, Alexis Arquette was placed in a medically induced coma and soon died of a heart attack. The world had lost a leading lady.