Today Horror Junction mourns actress and activist Alexis Arquette who died peacefully in her home Sunday at the age of 47. Many of you may not know who she was, but she left an undeniable mark on not only transgendered activism, but horror as well.
Alexis was born as Robert Arquette and played Tony Reno in Sometimes They Come Back…Again, Greg in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror and Damien in Bride of Chucky. She challenged the way Hollywood looked at transgendered actresses by continuing to earn parts in major movies and television until her untimely death.
Many will remember her for her portrayal of George in The Wedding Singer, time on The Surreal Life and documentary Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother. The Arquette Family issued the following statement following Alexis’ death.
“Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning, September 11, at 12:32 am,” Richmond posted on Facebook. “He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him, and he passed during David Bowie’s Starman. As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension.”
Horror has always been a fringe genre. We lived on the edges of the norm for many years and are still the pariah of modern movies and television. The great thing about horror is we accept everyone regardless of age, sexual orientation, looks and beliefs. We’re the melting pot of art and proud to call Alexis one of our own.
I suggest everyone take a few hours this week and watch some of Alexis’ movies. Remember the person who challenged gender roles and refused to let the world define her. Rest in Peace Alexis, you will be missed.