By Josephine Cusumano
Updated Apr 08, 2016 @ 7:15 am
Patricia Arquette Turns 48!
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A big happy birthday goes out to Patricia Arquette, who is ringing in her 48th year! The actress, who has appeared in a long list of projects including the hit television series Medium, has a lot to be proud of especially as of late.

Last year she won her very first Academy Award for her work in Boyhood, a movie that was filmed over the course of 12 years, and today, Arquette remains a fixture among Hollywood's most versatile actresses and has recently appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, and CSI: Cyber.

As for her most well-known roles, Arquette starred as a psychic medium in the show, Medium for seven straight seasons, which earned her numerous nominations including an Emmy statuette in 2005 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

What's next for Arquette, we're not so sure, but we're willing to bet history is to repeat itself the actress has more fascinating roles up her sleeves. In honor of her special day, we're celebrating the star with a look back at the most recent words of wisdom the actress has bestowed upon us.

1. During Arquette's acceptance speech at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards:

"Many thanks to our visionary director Richard Linklater for allowing me to be a part of something so human, so simple and ground-breaking and significant in the history of cinema. You placed in my hands the part of Olivia, an under-appreciated single mother. Thank you for shining a light on this woman and the millions of women like her and for allowing me to honor my own mother with this beautiful character."

2. On the praise she's received for her role in Boyhood:

"At this moment in my life, I expected other things, I've seen other things come true that I've dreamed of, but I never dreamed of this so it's kind of shocking me."

3. On why she brought her then-11-year-old daughter Harlow to an awards show for the first time in 2015:

"I've swung so far on the pendulum to minimize my work in the world that I think it's nice for [my daughter] to see me in a context outside of just being a mom."

4. From her acceptance speech at the 2015 Academy Awards:

"To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."

"I never saw this moment of me winning an Academy Award. I never even thought I'd be nominated—and I was OK with that. But you know what I did see? If there was anything I did want to have come true in my life, it was that I would help thousands of people. And I have and I will. I will help millions of people."

6. From her speech at the 2016 Women in Film pre-Oscar cocktail party:

“Pay inequality affects women so drastically in America. ... Yes, in our business, but really in 98 percent of all businesses. What we end up with is this: 33 million women and kids who are living in poverty, who would not be, if they were paid their full dollar.”