Transgender actress and LGBT activist Alexis Arquette dies at 47

LOS ANGELES — Alexis Arquette, the transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond and Patricia Arquette, died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles. She was 47 and surrounded by love, her family said in a statement Sunday.

Actress Alexis Arquette arrives at the opening night of "The Pee-Wee Herman Show" Los Angeles Opening Night at Club Nokia on January 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)

Actress Alexis Arquette died at age 47. Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage

A versatile performer, Arquette’s big break came in the 1989 adaptation of “Last Exit to Brooklyn” where she played the trans sex worker Georgette. She also had bit roles in films like “Pulp Fiction,” ”Bride of Chucky” and as a Boy George impersonator first in the Adam Sandler comedy “The Wedding Singer” and again in “Blended.” Arquette also performed in nightclubs and cabarets under the name Eva Destruction.

She chronicled her transition and the process of her sex reassignment surgery in the 2007 documentary “Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.”