Rebecca Gayheart

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Rebecca Gayheart
Born (1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 42)
Hazard, Kentucky, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Eric Dane (m. 2004)
Children Billie Dane
Georgia Dane

Rebecca Gayheart (born August 12, 1971)[1] is an American television and film actress.

Early life[edit]

Gayheart was born in Hazard, Kentucky and raised in Pine Top, Kentucky, the daughter of Floneva (née Slone), who worked as a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant, and Curtis Gayheart, a miner and coal truck driver.[2][3][4] She is of Irish, Italian, and German descent.[5] She moved to New York City at the age of 15 where she completed her education at New York's Professional Children's School and the Lee Strasberg Institute.

Career[edit]

In her first film role, Gayheart appeared in Brett Ratner's New York University short film "Whatever Happened to Mason Reese?" (1990) starring Mason Reese. She also appeared in the Ratner-directed music video Nuttin' But Love performed by Heavy D and the Boyz.

Gayheart's break into the television industry was a series of television commercials for Noxzema in the early 1990s, earning her the moniker "The Noxzema Girl". The commercials began airing in 1991 and brought her recognition.[6] (This was also referred to at the end of the film Urban Legend, when one of the new college students remarks, "And Brenda [Gayheart's character] was the Noxzema Girl.")

In 1992, Gayheart was cast in her first major role in the soap opera Loving as Hannah Mayberry. In 1993 and 1994, she had a recurring role in the Vanishing Son action pack series. In 1994 and 1995, Gayheart played Bess Martin in the science fiction series Earth 2. In 1995, she played Antonia Marchette, a recurring character in the series Beverly Hills, 90210, and Luke Perry's character's love interest.

Gayheart has been a regular on the 1999 television series Wasteland, Dead Like Me, Vanished, and had a recurring role on Nip/Tuck. She was initially hired to play the part of Inara Serra in the 2002 series Firefly, but was dropped after only one day of filming. Morena Baccarin took over the role, and none of Gayheart's scenes were used.[7]

Gayheart starred as the waitress in the Train music video for the 1999 song "Meet Virginia".

In 2007, Gayheart guest-starred on Ugly Betty as Jordan, an ex-girlfriend of Alexis Meade. The following year, Gayheart starred in the Broadway comedy, Boeing-Boeing opposite Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Greg Germann, Paige Davis, and Missi Pyle.[8] She had a guest role on The Cleaner in 2009.

Personal life[edit]

For a time, Gayheart was engaged to director Brett Ratner.[3]

She married actor Eric Dane on October 29, 2004. Dane told Flaunt Magazine about how they met: "It's probably one of the least interesting stories in the world. It went basically like this: 'You wanna go out?' 'Yeah, sure.' Ten months later, we were married."[9] They have two daughters: Billie Beatrice (born 3 March 2010) and Georgia Geraldine (born 28 December 2011).[10][11]

Vehicular manslaughter[edit]

On June 13, 2001, Gayheart was driving a vehicle which struck nine-year-old Jorge Cruz, Jr. as he walked across a street in Los Angeles. He died the following day from his injuries. On November 27, 2001, Gayheart pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter. She was sentenced to three years of probation, a one-year suspension of her license, a $2,800 fine and 750 hours of community service.[3][12]

Leaked video[edit]

On August 17, 2009, a nude video was posted on the website gawker.com that showed former Miss Teen USA contestant Kari Ann Peniche with Gayheart and husband Eric Dane.[13][14][15]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1990 "Whatever Happened to Mason Reese" Model #1
1996 Somebody Is Waiting Lilli
1997 Nothing to Lose Danielle
Scream 2 Sorority Sister Lois
1998 Hairshirt Jennifer Scott
Urban Legend Brenda Bates
1999 Puppet Lori Myers [16]
Jawbreaker Julie Freeman
2000 From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Mary Newlie
Shadow Hours Chloe Holloway (Official Selection Sundance 2000 Competition)
Urban Legends: Final Cut Nurse Brenda Bates Cameo/Uncredited
2001 Doppelganger Brian's Girlfriend
Harvard Man Kelly Morgan
2002 Pipe Dream Marliss Funt
2005 Santa's Slay Gwen Mason
2007 Bunny Whipped Beatriz Magdalene Johnson
2013 G.B.F. Mrs. Daniels
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1992–1993 Loving Hannah Mayberry Unknown episodes
1992 All My Children Hannah Mayberry Unknown episodes
1994 Vanishing Son Clair Armstrong Television movie
Vanishing Son III Clair Armstrong Television movie
Vanishing Son IV Clair Armstrong Television movie
1994–1995 Earth 2 Bess Martin 21 episodes
1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Antonia "Toni" Marchette 8 episodes
1996 Sliders Natalie 1 episode
1997 Invasion Cassy Winslow Television movie
1998 Hercules Medea (Voice) 1 episode
1999 Wasteland Samantha "Sam" Price 13 episodes
2001 Inside Schwartz Nadia 1 episode
2003 Dead Like Me Betty Rhomer 5 episodes
What I Like About You Dana 1 episode
2004 The Division Suzanne Richland 3 episodes
2004–2006 Nip/Tuck Natasha Charles 3 episodes
2005 The Christmas Blessing Meghan Television movie
2006 Scarlett Scarlett Television movie
Medium Jessica Delaney 1 episode
Vanished Judy Nash 13 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Claire Gibbs 1 episode
Ugly Betty Jordan Dunn 1 episode
2009 The Cleaner Carey Kern 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kentucky Birth Index, 1911–1999. State of Kentucky. At Ancestry.com.
  2. ^ Rebecca Gayheart Biography at FilmReference.com
  3. ^ a b c Rebecca Gayheart Biography at Yahoo! Movies[dead link]
  4. ^ Forever in Black Hills
  5. ^ Salzberg, Charles. "Accent on Success", Flair, Fall 1999. Republished at rebecca-gayheart.de
  6. ^ Rebecca Gayheart at Askmen.com
  7. ^ Whedon, Joss. Firefly: the complete series: "Serenity" commentary
  8. ^ "Headlines: Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart Fly Into Boeing-Boeing". broadway.com. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  9. ^ Tewksbury, Drew. Getting Big with Eric Dane, Flaunt Magazine
  10. ^ Donaldson, Catherine (5 March 2010). "It's a Girl for Eric Dane & Rebecca Gayheart". People.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  11. ^ Hammel, Sara (30 December 2011). "It's a Girl for Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane!". People.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  12. ^ people.com Ex-'90210' Star: Wrongful Death Suit
  13. ^ Dane's Anatomy[dead link] at gawker.com
  14. ^ "Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart's McSteamy Video Tape With Ex-Beauty Queen". ABCNews.go.com. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  15. ^ Kevork/Djansezian. "Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart sex tape: Just videotaped nakedtime!". NJ.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  16. ^ "[T]hat summer [of 1996], I booked my first role, in an independent movie called Puppet. [...] This film, which to this day I have never seen because I don't think it's possible to purchase a copy of it anywhere at any price, starred Rebecca Gayheart and Fred Weller [...] I don't know anyone who has ever seen or even heard of Puppet. All I can say is that it was screened in a theater at least once, because my manager went to see it." Lange, Artie, with Anthony Bozza and Howard Stern (2009). Too Fat to Fish, Random House Digital, Inc, ISBN 9780385526579, p. 172

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