The actress, who just won an Oscar for her role as the mom in Boyhood, will write about her unconventional family, being a single mother at age 20 and her experience as a woman in Hollywood, according to a statement released by Random House. Susan Kamil, Publisher of Random House, will edit the book. Kamil announced the world rights deal that RH closed with Richard Abate of 3 Arts Entertainment and Joseph Veltre of Gersh.
“Patricia Arquette is a remarkable woman,” Kamil said, “and the instant empathy audiences feel when they see her work on screen is completely evident on the page. The material I read is revelatory and deeply moving. Not a surprise from an actress of such nuance and intelligence.”
A fourth generation actor, Arquette is the great-granddaughter of vaudeville performers and granddaughter of the late comedian Cliff Arquette, best known for his character Charley Weaver, a character he created and played on the Dennis Day Show and The Tonight Show when Jack Paar was the host. Her late father, the journeyman actor Lewis Arquette, was credited by Patricia in her SAG Award acceptance speech for Boyhood as the person who “taught me to approach work with compassion and gratitude.” Along with Rosetta Getty, she is the co-founder of GiveLove, founded to assist displaced families after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The organization provides relief, sanitation and construction projects for communities in need.
“Over the years, the public has come to know aspects of me through my roles in film and television,” Arquette said in the Random House announcement. “Writing a memoir will be a new and intimate artistic journey for me, and I hope to bring to it the same honesty I have always sought to bring to my work as an actor.”