Rebecca Herbst

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Rebecca Herbst
Born Rebecca Ann Herbst
(1977-05-12) May 12, 1977 (age 40)
Encino, California, U.S.
Other names Becky Herbst
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Michael Saucedo (m. 2001)
Children 3

Rebecca Ann 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, two sons (Ethan and Emerson) and a daughter (Ella).[15]

Herbst also designs clothes. She has designed most of her Daytime Emmy dresses,[16] and dresses for co-stars Natalia Livingston and Kimberly McCullough for the 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony.[17]

Herbst became a spokeswoman for Purpose Skincare in 2007.[18] She participates in the Smile Train charity.[19]


Film and television roles
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 Why Me? Little Girl
1990 Kaleidoscope Emily TV film
1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brower Daughter Episode: "Perfectly Perfect"
1994 Shrunken Heads Sally
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"
1996–1997 Space Cases Suzee Regular role (14 episodes)
1997 Brotherly Love Kristen 7 episodes
1997–present General Hospital Elizabeth Webber
/ Jessie Brewer
Regular role
/ April 1, 2015 episode
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Barbi Benton TV film
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Elizabeth Webber 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
1999 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress General Hospital Won [20]
1999 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated [21]
2003 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress General Hospital Nominated [20]
2007 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated [22]
2012 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated [23]


  1. ^ Cohn, Paulette (July 9, 2006). "Soap Opera Talk". The Free-Lance Star. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  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 Welcomes Son Emerson Truett". People Magazine. August 10, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Rebecca Herbst and James Mitchell". Soapography. September 2, 2006. SOAPnet. 
  17. ^ "Rebecca Herbst Bio". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Actress Rebecca Herbst Partners with Purpose Skin Care". Carefair. June 15, 2007. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ Newcomb, Roger (December 13, 2012). "Interview: Rebecca Herbst On General Hospital, Scott Reeves, Liason Fans & Smile Train". We Love Soaps. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Event: Soap Opera Digest Awards (1999)". Internet Movie Database. 1996. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ "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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