The Oscar winner, 50, who’s at present starring in Showtime’s new restricted sequence, Escape at Dannemora, acquired collectively along with her household on Sept. 11, the two-year anniversary of Alexis’ demise, to have fun her sister’s life.
“My sister put collectively a celebration in Alexis’ honor and we had a dance celebration,” Patricia says. “I danced lots. I like 80s and outdated soul and punk. If I don’t just like the music, I resort to interpretive dance as a punishment.”
Alexis, who was one of many first transgender activists in Hollywood, died at age 47 from issues stemming from HIV, which she had contracted nearly three many years earlier than.
“Alexis was actually additionally very highly effective, and robust, and actually courageous, very courageous,” Patricia instructed PEOPLE in 2017.
“We had an extended dialog when Alexis instructed me that she was transgender, and I stated, ‘Okay. So what do you do about Hollywood? How will you get work? Persons are not progressive in Hollywood and it might actually negatively influence your profession. Are you pondering the whole lot via?’” Patricia recalled.
Regardless of the dangers, Alexis was assured in her resolution to come back out in Hollywood. “Alexis was very courageous to make that call,” Patricia added. “She actually wished to assist progress the world and transfer the world ahead.”
Patricia’s sister Rosanna additionally began the Alexis Arquette Household Basis “in order that we might do good issues on the planet underneath Alexis’s identify,” she instructed PEOPLE in Might. One of many Basis’s initiatives was creating the Alexis Mission with the Violence Intervention Program on the LAC+USC Medical Heart to offer queer younger folks medical and psychological well being companies.
“We’ve gotten so many letters. I’ve had letters from folks all around the world who stated their first expertise of a trans individual was with Alexis,” Patricia stated. “Alexis was extremely inventive our entire lives. She was my greatest good friend once we grew up, so I wouldn’t change one factor about Alexis.”