Patti D'Arbanville

Patricia D'Arbanville (born May 25, 1951) is an American actress and former model known for her appearance in Andy Warhol projects.[1][2]

Patti D'Arbanville
Patti D'Arbanville in New York City (2007)
Born (1951-05-25) May 25, 1951
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Years active1964–present
Roger Miremont
(m. 1975; div. 1980)

Steve Curry
(m. 1980; div. 1981)

Terry Quinn
(m. 1993; div. 2002)
Partner(s)Don Johnson (1981–1986)
Children4, including Jesse Johnson

Early life

D'Arbanville, born May 25, 1951, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, is the daughter of Jean (née Scott), an artist, and George D'Arbanville, a bartender,[3] and attended PS 41 on Eleventh Street. She went to high school at Quintano's School for Professional Children.


D'Arbanville acted in her first film in 1960 at age eight; a New York University student film about a girl and her cat, entitled Tuesday and Blue Silk. Andy Warhol discovered her during a gig as a club disc jockey when she was 13, and three years later at 16 cast her in his film Flesh (1968).

After Flesh, D'Arbanville performed in Warhol's L'Amour (1973), and as the title character in the David Hamilton film Bilitis (1977).

After her unabashedly risqué performances in her youth, D'Arbanville has worked steadily in film and television series in the United States and France. In 1987, D'Arbanville won a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actress for her stage performance in Italian American Reconciliation (1987). She was well known for her role as Lt. Virginia Cooper on the FOX series New York Undercover.[4]

Personal life

In the late 1960s, when she was a model in London, D'Arbanville met and developed a romance with singer and songwriter Cat Stevens. She was the inspiration for at least two of his hit songs: "Lady D'Arbanville" and "Wild World".[5]

D'Arbanville left Stevens for periods of time to continue her modeling career in Paris and New York City, and was a part of Warhol's Factory scene. In an interview with Warhol, she said wistfully that she had heard the song "Lady D'Arbanville":

Stevens wrote that song "Lady D'Arbanville" when I left for New York. I left for a month, it wasn't the end of the world was it? But he wrote this whole song about "Lady D'Arbanville, why do you sleep so still." It's about me dead. So while I was in New York, for him it was like I was lying in a coffin... He wrote that because he missed me, because he was down... It's a sad song.[6]

D'Arbanville later had a relationship with actor Don Johnson from 1981 to 1986. The couple had a son, Jesse Wayne Johnson (born December 7, 1982).[4]

D'Arbanville has been married and divorced three times. She lived in France for 10 years, becoming fluent in French, and was married to French actor Roger Miremont, then known as Roger Mirmont, from August 1, 1975, to 1980. From April 26, 1980, to 1981, her husband was Steve Curry. She was then married to former New York City firefighter Terry Quinn from June 15, 1993, to March 12, 2002. They have three children: daughters Emmelyn and Alexandra; and son Liam.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1968 Flesh Patti
1970 The House Lorraine
1971 The Blood Letting Hillary
1973 L'Amour Patti
1975 Rancho Deluxe Betty Fargo
1977 Bilitis Bilitis
La fille d'Amérique Ronni Williams
1978 Big Wednesday Sally Jacobson
The Fifth Floor Cathy
1979 The Main Event Donna
Time After Time Shirley
1980 Hog Wild Angie Barnes
1981 Modern Problems Darcy Carson
1985 Real Genius Sherry Nugil
The Boys Next Door Angie
1988 Call Me Cori
Fresh Horses Jean
1989 Wired Cathy Smith
1994 Frame-Up II: The Cover-Up Barbara Griffin
1996 The Fan Ellen Renard
1997 Fathers' Day Shirley Trainor
1998 Archibald the Rainbow Painter Elaine Tiger
Celebrity Iris
2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Celia
2003 A Tale of Two Pizzas Margie Bianco
2007 Perfect Stranger Esmeralda
You Belong to Me Gladys
2008 The Marconi Bros. Sonya Weitzman
2010 The Extra Man Katherine Hart


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Once an Eagle Michele TV miniseries
1977 Code R Maggie "The Great Boat Race"
1980 Barnaby Jones Jessica Collins "Run to Death"
Charlie's Angels Bianca "Angels of the Deep"
1982 Darkroom Babette "Guillotine"
1984 Murder, She Wrote Leslie Andler "Hit, Run and Homicide"
1985 Miami Vice Mrs. Stone "Back in the World"
1986 Crime Story Eve Vollesky "Final Transmission"
1988 Crossing the Mob Lucy Conte TV film
Midnight Caller Jordan "Payback"
1989 Wiseguy Amber Twine / Theresa Demante Recurring role
1990 Snow Kill Lauren Crane TV film
1992 Law & Order Betty Drake "Wedded Bliss"
1992-1993 Another World Christy Carson TV series
1993 Blind Spot Lucinda TV film
South Beach Roxanne Recurring role
1994 The John Larroquette Show Linda "Death and Dishonor"
L.A. Law Caroline Hardy "Dead Issue"
My So-Called Life Amber Vallon "Guns & Gossip", "Other People's Mothers", "On the Wagon"
1994-1997 New York Undercover Lt. Virginia Cooper Main role
1997 Bad to the Bone Marilyn Wells TV film
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Darlene Everett "The Twenty Percent Solution"
1998-2000 Guiding Light Selena Davis TV series
2000-2005 Third Watch Rose Boscorelli Recurring role
2003 The Division Maggie "The Cost of Freedom"
Nip/Tuck Wallace Forsythe "Sofia Lopez"
2004 The Sopranos Lorraine Calluzzo "Rat Pack", "Where's Johnny?", "All Happy Families..."
2005 Wild Card Kathy "See Ya Later, Investigator!"
2006-2010 Rescue Me Ellie Recurring role
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Cecilia "World's Fair"
Eyes Dee Dee McCann "Investigator"
2017 The Sinner Lorna Tanetti "Mason Tanetti's Mother"
2018 Billions Mama Axelrod "Kompenso", "Redemption"


  1. Catherine O'Sullivan Shorr (September 18, 2018). Andy Warhol's Factory People: Welcome to the Silver Factory, Speeding into the Future, and Your Fifteen Minutes Are Up. Open Road Media. p. 419. ISBN 978-1-5040-5599-4.
  2. Ray Connolly (September 28, 2011). Stardust Memories: Talking About My Generation. A&C Black. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-4482-0566-0.
  3. Patti D'Arbanville Biography
  4. Russell, Lisa (December 12, 1994). "The Long Way Home". People. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  5. Shekhtman, Avi. "People Who Are The Inspirations For The Most Beautiful Songs Ever Written". History A to Z. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  6. D'Arbanville, Patti; Warhol, Andy (1973). "Patti D'Arbanville in Andy Warhol's Interview". Interview. Warholstars. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
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