Rebecca Herbst

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Rebecca Herbst
Born Rebecca Ann Liberty Herbst
(1977-05-12) May 12, 1977 (age 39)
Encino, California, U.S.
Other names Becky Herbst
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Michael Saucedo (m. 2001)
Children 3

Rebecca Ann Liberty Herbst (born May 12, 1977) is an American actress, known for playing nurse Elizabeth Webber on the ABC Daytime drama General Hospital, a role she originated on August 1, 1997, and Suzee, an alien, on the Nickelodeon show, Space Cases.

Early life[edit]

Herbst was born in Encino, California. She grew up with parents Debbie and Wayne,[1] and has an older sister, Jennifer.[2] She is not related to General Hospital co-star Rick Hearst (who portrays Ric Lansing, Elizabeth Webber's ex-husband), whose surname was Herbst before he changed it professionally.[3] Herbst was a competitive figure skater as a child, and at age sixteen decided to concentrate on acting.[4]


At age six, Herbst stated she wanted to be on television so that she could play with the toys; she began filming commercials and has since appeared in over 60 nationally.[4] She has guest-starred in television series including: Highway to Heaven, L.A. Law, Beverly Hills, 90210, Step By Step, Boy Meets World, Sister, Sister, Days of Our Lives and Brotherly Love.[4] She starred in films including Kaleidoscope, Why Me? and Hefner: Unauthorized.[4] She was also featured in the Goo Goo Dolls 1995 music video "Naked". She was a series regular as Suzee on the second season of the Nickelodeon show, Space Cases from 1996–97.

Herbst began as a series regular as Elizabeth Webber on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital on August 1, 1997.[5] In 1999, Herbst won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress,[6] and also received an Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress.[7] In 2000, Soap Opera Update named Herbst No. 6 on their list of Woman of 2000.[8] She was nominated in 2003 for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Actress.[9] In 2007, Herbst appeared on Tyra Banks' talk show to help Tyra through "soap opera school."[10] Herbst was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2007[11] and 2012.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Herbst dated photographer Johnny Lindesmith in the late 1990s and they were engaged on December 30, 1999.[13] On June 1, 2001, she married former General Hospital co-star Michael Saucedo (who portrayed Juan Santiago).[14] They have three children: Ethan Riley (born October 31, 2001), Ella Bailey (born April 12, 2004), and Emerson Truett (born August 9, 2010).

Herbst also designs clothes. She has designed most of her Daytime Emmy dresses,[15] and dresses for co-stars Natalia Livingston and Kimberly McCullough for the 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony.[16]

Herbst became a spokeswoman for Purpose Skincare in 2007.[17] She participates in the Smile Train charity.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Why Me? Little Girl
1994 Shrunken Heads Sally


Year Title Role Notes
1986 L.A. Law Jennifer Simmons Episode: "The Princess and the Wiener King"
1987 Highway to Heaven Young Gail Episode: "A Mother and a Daughter"
1989 McGee and Me! Renee's Friend Episode: "The Big Lie"
1990 Kaleidoscope Emily TV film
1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brower Daughter Episode: "Perfectly Perfect"
1995 Step by Step Shelley Episode; "Can't Buy Me Love"
1995 Boy Meets World Jill Hollinger Episode: "Wrong Side of the Tracks"
1995 Donor Unknown Danielle Stillman TV film
1995 Sister, Sister Cynthia Episode: "Private School"
1996 Lazarus Man, TheThe Lazarus Man Episode: "The Wallpaper Prison"
1996–97 Space Cases Suzee Regular role (14 episodes)
1997 Brotherly Love Kristen Recurring Role
1997 Brotherly Love Kristen Recurring role (7 episodes)
1997– General Hospital Elizabeth Webber Regular role
2015 General Hospital Jessie Brewer Role: April 1, 2015
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Barbi Benton TV film
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Elizabeth Webber Episodes: "Frayed Anatomies", "Paternity Ward", "Keep the Change"

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress General Hospital Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress General Hospital Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated


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  2. ^ "Stars and Their Siblings". Soap Opera Update. March 14, 2000. 
  3. ^ "GH FAQs". Soap Opera Digest. April 25, 2005. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Rebecca Herbst". American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Reichardt, Nancy (July 27, 1997). "Tune In Tomorrow". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ The Associated Press (March 1, 1999). "ABC daytime dramas sweep Soap Opera Digest Awards". Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kroll, Dan J. "Y&R, Lucci Earn Ladies' Honors". Soapcentral. Archived from the original on June 11, 2004. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Woman of 2000 #6: Rebecca Herbst". Soap Opera Update. February 14, 2000. 
  9. ^ Soap Opera Digest. December 17, 2002.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Who, Where and Wow!". Soap Opera Weekly. February 13, 2007. p. 32. 
  11. ^ Block, Dana (March 24, 2007). "Former soap stars among Emmy nominees". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ Logan, Michael (June 21, 2012). "Daytime Emmy Scoop and Fearless Predictions". TV Guide. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ Maloney, Michael (February 15, 2000). "Picture Perfect". Soap Opera Update. 
  14. ^ Kroll, Dan J (October 31, 2001). "Herbst, Saucedo welcome son". Soapcentral. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Rebecca Herbst and James Mitchell". Soapography. September 2, 2006. SOAPnet. 
  16. ^ "Rebecca Herbst Bio". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Actress Rebecca Herbst Partners with Purpose Skin Care". Carefair. June 15, 2007. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ Newcomb, Roger (December 13, 2012). "Interview: Rebecca Herbst On General Hospital, Scott Reeves, Liason Fans & Smile Train". We Love Soaps. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Event: Soap Opera Digest Awards (1999)". Internet Movie Database. 1996. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Daytime Emmy Nominees List 1". Variety. Los Angeles: Penske Business Media. March 11, 1999. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  21. ^ Bonawitz, Amy (February 11, 2009). "34th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners". New York City: CBS News. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ "The 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York: and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 9, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 

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