LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Alexis Arquette, an actor, cabaret performer, and activist, who underwent gender transition and was outspoken on LGBT issues, died on Sept. 11th at the age of 47.
Born Robert Arquette, the Los Angeles native was raised as a part of a show business family that included her grandfather comedian Cliff Arquette; her mother, actress Brenda Olivia; and her brother film/television actor David Arquette.
Alexis quickly followed the family business, landing her first acting role appearing in the 1982 music video "She's a Beauty" by The Tubes, according to Index Magazine.
Other roles included roles in films such as Last Exit To Brooklyn (1989), Of Mice and Men (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Wedding Singer (1998) and Clubland (1999.)
In her late thirties, Alexis underwent the process of gender transition, documenting her experiences in the 2007 film Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother.
Arquette was a vocal supporter of transgender people and rights, including Chaz Bono, who transitioned from 2006 to 2008.
The cause of Arquette's death was not disclosed. – Staff Writers