While Jennifer Aniston made sure to mention Bill Paxton's death when she presented the 2017 Oscars in memoriam segment on Sunday, a handful of celebrities reportedly didn't make the cut in the final segment. Doris Roberts, Garry Shanding, Dan Ireland, Robert Vaughn, and Alexis Arquette were among the actors who weren't remembered during Sunday's telecast.
Following the show, Alexis' sister, Patricia Arquette, spoke to Vanity Fair about the apparent snub. "I’m really bummed. For the in memoriam, they left out our sister Alexis, and she was trans," she said. "We’re living in a time right now where trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in schools and they’re diminished in society. It’s really unfortunate that the Oscars decided they couldn’t show a trans person who was such an important person in this community. Because—trans kids—it could have meant a lot to them.”
Alexis died last September, reportedly from complications from HIV. At the time, her family remembered her for her trailblazing work. "Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor. She starred in movies like Last Exit to Brooklyn, Pulp Fiction, Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Of Mice and Men, The Wedding Singer, and The Bride of Chucky. Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman. Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical. She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people."
Remember a highlight from Alexis' career, below.
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