The passing of transgender actress Alexis Arquette was confirmed by her brother Richmond through a Facebook post. Alexis, who belonged to a famous Hollywood family, died Sunday morning at the age of 47. Alexis’ siblings include Patricia, David, Rosanna and Richmond.
“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” her family shared in a joint statement. “Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman. 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.”
According to USA Today, the actress revealed in 2006 that she was a transgender woman. Alexis was the subject of a 2007 documentary entitled She’s My Brother, where he underwent sex reassignment surgery. He was born Robert.
In an article posted by Fox News, Alexis’ big break came in the 1989 adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn, where she played Georgette, a trans sex worker.
Early this year, the transgender actress blasted Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith in a Facebook rant following Jada’s announcement that she will boycott the Oscars because her husband was snubbed along with many African-American actors.
“When Jada comes out as gay and her beard husband admits his first marriage ended when she walked in on (him and) his Sugar Daddy [name omitted] … then I will listen to them,” ranted the actress.
Alexis’ family has requested privacy at this time and instead of flowers or gifts, the family requested donations be made to organizations that support the LGBT community.
The transgender actress appeared in movies such as Pulp Fiction, The Wedding Singer and Bride of Chucky. The cause of death was not specified.
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