Rebecca De Mornay
|Rebecca De Mornay|
De Mornay in 2006
|Born||Rebecca Jane Pearch
August 29, 1959
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
|Other names||Rebecca George|
|Partner(s)||Patrick O'Neal (1995–2002)|
Rebecca De Mornay (born Rebecca Jane Pearch; August 29, 1959) is an American actress and producer. 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 nanny Peyton Flanders in the 1992 thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
De Mornay was born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California in 1959 (though many sources erroneously list 1961 or 1962). Her parents were Julie (Eagar) and Wally George (né George Walter 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. She attended the independent Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk, England. She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
De Mornay's film debut was a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's 1981 film One from the Heart, which starred her real-life partner at the time, Harry Dean Stanton. Her star-making role came two years later in Risky Business (1983), as a call girl who seduces a high-school student played by Tom Cruise. In 1985, she played the title role in The Slugger's Wife opposite Michael O'Keefe, and co-starred in The Trip to Bountiful and Runaway Train, both of which were nominated for several Academy Awards. That same year, 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.
She also appeared in Roger Vadim's provocative 1988 remake of And God Created Woman, and as the wife of Kurt Russell's character in Ron Howard's Backdraft (1991). One of De Mornay's most commercially successful films was the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, released in 1992. She starred as a defense lawyer in Sidney Lumet's murder drama Guilty as Sin (1993) with Don Johnson. Then she appeared in the 1995 drama film Never Talk to Strangers opposite Antonio Banderas, for 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. In 2015, she appeared in Marvel's Jessica Jones as Trish Walker's abusive mother.
De Mornay was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen. She married writer Bruce Wagner on December 16, 1986, but they divorced in 1990. She has two daughters with ex-boyfriend Patrick O'Neal: Sophia (born November 16, 1997) and Veronica (born March 31, 2001).
|1981||One from the Heart||Understudy||Credited as Rebecca de Mornay|
|1985||The Slugger's Wife||Debby Palmer|
|1985||The Trip to Bountiful||Thelma|
|1987||Beauty and the Beast||Beauty|
|1988||Feds||Elizabeth "Ellie" DeWitt|
|1988||And God Created Woman||Robin Shea Moran|
|1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Mrs. Mott / Peyton Flanders||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||Executive producer|
|1996||The Winner||Louise||Credited as Rebecca DeMornay|
|1999||Thick as Thieves||Petrone|
|1999||A Table for One||Ruth Draper|
|2000||The Right Temptation||Derian McCall|
|2003||Identity||Caroline Suzanne||Credited as Rebecca DeMornay|
|2004||Raise Your Voice||Aunt Nina|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Philaine|
|2005||Wedding Crashers||Mrs. Kroeger|
|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|
|2015||Collar||Mayor Ramona 'Nomi' Billingsley|
|2016||I Am Wrath||Vivian Hill||Post-production|
|1986||Tall Tales & Legends||Slew Foot Sue||Episode: "Pecos Bill"|
|1986||The Murders in the Rue Morgue||Claire Dupin||Television film|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||Captain Moreau||Television film|
|1991||An Inconvenient Woman||Flo March||Television film|
|1993||Blind Side||Linda Kaines||Television film|
|1994||Getting Out||Arlene Holsclaw||Television film|
|1995||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Woman||Episode: "The Conversion"|
|1997||Shining, TheThe Shining||Wendy Torrance||Miniseries|
|1998||The Con||Barbara Beaton / Nancy Thoroughgood||Television film|
|1999||Night Ride Home||Nora Mahler||Television film|
|1999||ER||Elaine Nichols||5 episodes|
|2000||Range of Motion||Lainey Berman||Television film|
|2001||A Girl Thing||Kim McCormack||Television film|
|2002||The Salem Witch Trials||Elizabeth Parris||Television film|
|2003||No Place Like Home||Television film|
|2003||Boomtown||Sabrina Fithian / Jill Foster||2 episodes|
|2004||Practice, TheThe Practice||Hannah Rose||4 episodes|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tessa McKellen||Episode: "Manipulated"|
|2007||John from Cincinnati||Cissy Yost||5 episodes|
|2013||Hatfields & McCoys||Mary Hatfield||Unaired pilot|
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Barbara Cotchin||Episode: "A ia la aku"|
|2015||Jessica Jones||Dorothy Walker||3 episodes|
|2016||Lucifer||Penelope Decker||1 episode|
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Associated Press records indicate De Mornay's age is 45, while some other sources give it as 48.
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