Rebecca De Mornay
|Rebecca De Mornay|
Rebecca De Mornay in 2006
|Born||Rebecca Jane Pearch
August 29, 1959 
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
|Other names||Rebecca George|
|Spouse(s)||Bruce Wagner (1986–1990; divorced)
Patrick O'Neal (1995–2002; divorced)
|Parents||Wally George (deceased)
Julie DeMornay (née Eager; deceased)
Rebecca De Mornay (born August 29, 1959) is an American film and television actress. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she played Lana in Risky Business. Her other notable film roles include Sara in Runaway Train (1985), Thelma in The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Helen McCaffrey in the thriller Backdraft (1991) and her portrayal of the chillingly twisted nanny Peyton Flanders in the popular 1992 thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
She was born Rebecca Jane Pearch on August 29, 1959, in Santa Rosa, California. Her parents were Julie (Eager) and Wally George (née Pearch), a disc jockey and later television host. Her paternal grandmother was vaudeville performer and child film actress Eugenia Clinchard.
When she was two, her parents divorced and, at the age of five, she took her stepfather's surname, De Mornay. Her older step brother, Jonathan, was a millionaire at 18 and later founded the Venture Capitalists Secure1Capital. Another step-brother, Peter, is a guitarist. She attended the independent Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk, England,. She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
DeMornay was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen. She married writer Bruce Wagner on December 16, 1986, but they divorced in 1990. She later married Ryan O'Neal's son, sportscaster Patrick O'Neal in 1995, and they had two daughters: Sophia (born November 16, 1997) and Veronica (born March 31, 2001). They divorced in 2002.
Her film debut was a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's 1982 film One from the Heart. Soon thereafter came her star-making role as a call girl who seduces a high-school student played by Tom Cruise in Risky Business. In 1985, she appeared with Starship's Mickey Thomas in the music video for the song "Sara". The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 15, 1986.
One of De Mornay's most commercially successful films came in the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. She also appeared in a 1988 remake of Roger Vadim's provocative And God Created Woman, Ron Howard's Backdraft (1991) and in 1993, starred as a defense lawyer in Sidney Lumet's murder drama Guilty as Sin. Then she appeared in the 1995 drama film Never Talk to Strangers opposite Antonio Banderas; in which she was also the executive producer.
In 2003, she guest-starred as primary antagonist in the first two episodes of season 2 of Boomtown. In 2004, she guest-starred as attorney Hannah Rose for the last few episodes of The Practice and the following year, had a brief role alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers. De Mornay also starred in the 2007 drama American Venus.
In June 2007, she appeared in the HBO series John From Cincinnati with a starring role as matriarch of a troubled Imperial Beach, California surfing family and the grandmother/guardian of a teen surfer on the brink of greatness. She appeared in Darren Lynn Bousman's Mother's Day (2010).
In 2012, De Mornay played the role of Finch's mom in the movie American Reunion where she portrayed an attractive older woman and a love interest of Stifler.
The name "Rebecca De Mornay" is used for a character (played by actress Sonya Eddy) in two episodes of Seinfeld: "The Muffin Tops" and "The Bookstore". Rebecca De Mornay has also been referenced in an episode of The Ricky Gervais Show co-starring with "Clive Warren" [sic] (Clive Owen) as part of a movie pitch by Karl Pilkington.
Filmography and credits
|1982||One from the Heart||Understudy||as Rebecca de Mornay|
|1985||The Slugger's Wife (aka Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife)||Debby Palmer||sings|
|1985||The Trip to Bountiful||Thelma|
|1987||Beauty and the Beast||Beauty||sings|
|1988||Feds||Elizabeth 'Ellie' DeWitt|
|1988||And God Created Woman||Robin Shea Moran||sings, plays guitar (??)|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||Capt. Moreau|
|1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Mrs. Mott/Peyton Flanders||Won – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain|
|1993||Guilty as Sin||Jennifer Haines|
|1993||The Three Musketeers||Milady de Winter|
|1995||Never Talk to Strangers||Dr. Sarah Taylor||Also executive producer|
|1996||The Winner||Louise||as Rebecca DeMornay|
|1999||Thick as Thieves||Petrone|
|1999||A Table for One (a.k.a. Wicked Ways)||Ruth Draper|
|2000||The Right Temptation||Derian McCall|
|2003||Identity||Caroline Suzanne||as Rebecca DeMornay|
|2004||Raise Your Voice||Aunt Nina|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Philaine|
|2005||Wedding Crashers||Mrs. Kroeger|
|2005||A Love of Two Brains||Rebecca De Mornay|
|2007||American Venus||Celia Lane|
|2007||Music Within||Richard's Mom|
|2011||A Fonder Heart||Dr. Bach|
|2011||Apartment 1303 3D||Marilyn|
|2012||American Reunion||Rachel Finch||Finch's Mom|
|1986||Tall Tales & Legends||Slew Foot Sue||Episode: "Pecos Bill"|
|1986||The Murders in the Rue Morgue||Claire Dupin||TV movie|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||Captain Moreau||TV movie; as Rebecca DeMornay|
|1991||An Inconvenient Woman||Flo||TV movie|
|1993||Blind Side||Linda Kaines||TV movie|
|1994||Getting Out||Arlene Holsclaw||TV movie|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Woman||Episode: "The Conversion"|
|1997||The Shining||Wendy Torrance||TV miniseries|
|1998||The Con||Barbara Beaton/Nancy Thoroughgood||TV movie; as Rebecca DeMornay|
|1999||Night Ride Home||Nora Mahler||TV movie|
|1999||ER||Elaine Nichols||Episode: "Leave It to Weaver"
Episode: "Last Rites"
Episode: "Greene with Envy"
Episode: "Sins of the Father"
Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
|2000||Range of Motion||Lainey Berman||TV movie|
|2001||A Girl Thing||Kim McCormack||TV movie|
|2002||The Salem Witch Trials||Elizabeth Parris||TV movie|
|2003||No Place Like Home||TV movie|
|2003||Boomtown||'Sabrina Fithian' Jill Foster||Episode: "The Love of Money"
|2004||The Practice||Hannah Rose||Episode: "The Firm"
Episode: "Comings and Goings"
Episode: "New Hoods on the Block"
Episode: "Adjourned" (a.k.a. Cheers)
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tessa McKellen||Episode: "Manipulated"|
|2007||John from Cincinnati||Cissy Yost||Episode: "His Visit: Day Five"
Episode: "His Visit: Day Six"
Episode: "His Visit: Day Seven"
Episode: "His Visit: Day Eight"
Episode: "His Visit: Day Nine"
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- Hammer, Joshua (February 27, 1984). "Rabble-Rouser Wally George Is the New Pitchman and Great Right Hope of TV Squawk Shows" 21 (8). People. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
- "Rebecca De Morney — about this person". New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
- Smithers, Rebecca (2000-03-24). "Radical boarding school escapes closure threat". guardian.co.uk (London: Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- King, Randall (2009-08-29). "Rebecca De Mornay joins film's killer cast". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- "Still Holding, Bruce Wagner — book review". New York Magazine. November 3, 2003. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
- Rebecca De Mornay at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- Sonya Eddy at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "17 S2 E1 Karl's Film Idea 1/2". YouTube. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- "The Key To Rebecca". Saturday Review 12 (1): 30–34. January–February 1986.
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- Room, Adrian (2010). "Rebecca de Mornay". Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins (5th ed.). McFarland. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-7864-4373-4.
- Segrave, Kerry; Martin, Linda (1990). "Rebecca de Mornay". The Post-Feminist Hollywood Actress: biographies and filmographies of stars born after 1939. McFarland & Co. pp. 265–269. ISBN 978-0-89950-387-5.
- Aylesworth, Thomas G.; Bowman, John S.; Fairbanks, Douglas (1992). "De Mornay, Rebecca". World Guide to Film Stars. Great Pond. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-56657-007-7.
- Sleeman, Elizabeth (2001). "De Mornay, Rebecca". The International Who's Who of Women 2002 (3rd ed.). Routledge. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-85743-122-3.
- Riggs, Thomas, ed. (2005). "De MORNAY, Rebecca". Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television: A Biographical Guide 64. Gale / Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-0-7876-9037-3.