Patricia Arquette remembers her deceased sister, Alexis, who was a transgender, during Emmy's victory

Patricia Arquette is experiencing a & # 39; great time & # 39; in her acting career, but the Emmy winner says that she is still personally struggling with the death of her transgender sister.

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Arquette said behind the scenes on Sunday night that she was grieving heavily since Alexis Arquette, one of the first transgender activists in Hollywood, died at the age of 47 in 2016.

She paid a tearful tribute to her late brother or sister during her acceptance speech after winning the best supporting actress in a limited series for her role in the Hulu series The Act.

Patricia Arquette said backstage on Sunday evening that she grieves heavily after Sister Alexis Arquette died in 2016 at the age of 47

Patricia Arquette said backstage on Sunday evening that she grieves heavily after Sister Alexis Arquette died in 2016 at the age of 47

Patricia paid a tearful tribute to Alexis, during her acceptance speech after winning the best supporting actress. The brothers and sisters are shown together in December 2006

Patricia paid a tearful tribute to Alexis, during her acceptance speech after winning the best supporting actress. The brothers and sisters are shown together in December 2006

Patricia paid a tearful tribute to Alexis, during her acceptance speech after winning the best supporting actress. The brothers and sisters are shown together in December 2006

Alexis, shown in 2010, was transgender. She died of a heart attack and fought for 29 years according to a death certificate
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Alexis, shown in 2010, was transgender. She died of a heart attack and fought for 29 years according to a death certificate

Alexis, shown in 2010, was transgender. She died of a heart attack and fought for 29 years according to a death certificate

& # 39; I just have to say that I am grateful that I am working. I am grateful that I get the biggest parts of my life at the age of 50, ”she said, collecting her trophy.

During her speech, the 51-year-old actress insisted on an end to the persecution of transgender people.

& # 39; I am so sad in my heart, & # 39; she said, choking on her tears. & # 39; I have lost my sister Alexis. And that transgender people are still being prosecuted. And I mourn every day of my life, Alexis. And I will be the rest of my life, for you, until we change the world so that transgender people are not persecuted. & # 39;

& # 39; As an actor or actress, I think we are trying to pretend that everything is alright, & # 39; said Arquette, holding her trophy backstage. & # 39; But the truth is that I have had this great sorrow. I feel like I have just started the process. I really miss my sister. & # 39;

During her acceptance speech, Arquette also urged to end the persecution of transgender people and backstage, called comedians who were joking about them and said: & # 39; That's not acceptable. & # 39;

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She also insisted on more employment for transgender people who, according to her, are in & # 39; deep poverty & # 39; are in trouble.

& # 39; Give them jobs, & # 39; she added. & # 39; They are people. Let's give them jobs. Let's get rid of the bias we have everywhere. & # 39;

Before switching in the early 2000s, Alexis played in several films under the name Robert Arquette – but even then she made her film debut with a transwoman named Georgette in the 1989 film of the novel Last Exit To Brooklyn.

During her acceptance speech, Arquette insisted to end the persecution of transgender people and backstage, called comedians who make jokes about them

During her acceptance speech, Arquette insisted to end the persecution of transgender people and backstage, called comedians who make jokes about them

During her acceptance speech, Arquette insisted to end the persecution of transgender people and backstage, called comedians who make jokes about them

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Patricia remembered: & # 39; We had conversations, we cried, we discussed it. Alexis said: You know what, it's okay. It is a transition for everyone. It is a transformation for everyone. & # 39; So I mean, we worked it out. We worked it through together and Alexis knew we loved her dead. & # 39;

The couple were best friends and would talk on the phone daily.

Alexis has been suffering from HIV since 1987 and her death certificate showed that she had a bacterial heart infection during the last three weeks of her life.

She memorablely played a trans-sex worker in Last Exit to Brooklyn and a Boy George imitator in The Wedding Singer.

After her death, Arquette wrote on social media: & # 39; Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, singer, entertainer and actor.

Alexis Arquette pictured in 2006
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Alexis Arquette pictured in 2006

Alexis Arquette pictured in 1999

Alexis Arquette pictured in 1999

Alexis Arquette depicted on the left in 2006. and on the right in 1999, memorablely played a trans-sex worker in Last Exit to Brooklyn and a Boy George imitator in The Wedding Singer

& # 39; Her career was interrupted, not because of her death, but because of her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman.

& # 39; Despite the fact that there are few parts for transactors, she refused to play roles that were humiliating or stereotyped.

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& # 39; She was a vanguard in the struggle for understanding and acceptance for all transgender people. & # 39;

Arquette's victory is her second Emmy Award. She won an outstanding lead actress in a drama series in 2005 for her performance on Medium.

Arquette also won an Oscar for supporting actress in 2014 for her performance in Boyhood. She has also won two Golden Globes.

Side by side: Alexis underwent her transition in the early 2000s; she was depicted with Patricia in 1999 when she was still publicly known as Robert

Side by side: Alexis underwent her transition in the early 2000s; she was depicted with Patricia in 1999 when she was still publicly known as Robert

Side by side: Alexis underwent her transition in the early 2000s; she was depicted with Patricia in 1999 when she was still publicly known as Robert

Famous family: actor David Arquette, left, Patricia Arquette, center, and their sister Alexis Arquette, right are shown together at a party in December 2006 in Los Angeles, California

Famous family: actor David Arquette, left, Patricia Arquette, center, and their sister Alexis Arquette, right are shown together at a party in December 2006 in Los Angeles, California

Famous family: actor David Arquette, left, Patricia Arquette, center, and their sister Alexis Arquette, right are shown together at a party in December 2006 in Los Angeles, California

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