Rebecca De Mornay

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Rebecca De Mornay
Rebecca De Mornay in 2006
BornRebecca Jane Pearch
(1959-08-29) August 29, 1959 (age 55)[1]
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Other namesRebecca George
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Bruce Wagner (1986–1990; divorced)
Patrick O'Neal (1995–2002; divorced)
ParentsWally George (deceased)
Julie DeMornay (née Eager; deceased)
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Rebecca De Mornay
Rebecca De Mornay in 2006
BornRebecca Jane Pearch
(1959-08-29) August 29, 1959 (age 55)[1]
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Other namesRebecca George
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Bruce Wagner (1986–1990; divorced)
Patrick O'Neal (1995–2002; divorced)
ParentsWally 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.

Personal life[edit]

She was born Rebecca Jane Pearch on August 29, 1959,[2] in Santa Rosa, California. Her parents were Julie (Eager) and Wally George (née Pearch), a disc jockey and later television host.[3] 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.[4] She attended the independent Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk, England,.[5] She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute.[4]

DeMornay was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen.[6] She married writer Bruce Wagner on December 16, 1986, but they divorced in 1990.[7] 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).[4] 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.[2]

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).[8]

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.

Cultural references[edit]

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".[9] 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.[10]

Filmography and credits[edit]

1982One from the HeartUnderstudyas Rebecca de Mornay
1983Risky BusinessLana
1983TestamentCathy Pitkin
1985The Slugger's Wife (aka Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife)Debby Palmersings
1985Runaway TrainSara
1985The Trip to BountifulThelma
1987Beauty and the BeastBeautysings
1988FedsElizabeth 'Ellie' DeWitt
1988And God Created WomanRobin Shea Moransings, plays guitar (??)
1989DealersAnna Schuman
1990By Dawn's Early LightCapt. Moreau
1991BackdraftHelen McCaffrey
1992The Hand That Rocks the CradleMrs. Mott/Peyton FlandersWon – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1993Guilty as SinJennifer Haines
1993The Three MusketeersMilady de Winter
1995Never Talk to StrangersDr. Sarah TaylorAlso executive producer
1996The WinnerLouiseas Rebecca DeMornay
1999Thick as ThievesPetrone
1999A Table for One (a.k.a. Wicked Ways)Ruth Draper
2000The Right TemptationDerian McCall
2003IdentityCaroline Suzanneas Rebecca DeMornay
2004Raise Your VoiceAunt Nina
2005Lords of DogtownPhilaine
2005Wedding CrashersMrs. Kroeger
2005A Love of Two BrainsRebecca De Mornay
2007American VenusCelia Lane
2007Music WithinRichard's Mom
2010FlippedPatsy Loski
2010Mother's DayMother
2011A Fonder HeartDr. Bach
2011Apartment 1303 3DMarilyn
2012American ReunionRachel FinchFinch's Mom
1986Tall Tales & LegendsSlew Foot SueEpisode: "Pecos Bill"
1986The Murders in the Rue MorgueClaire DupinTV movie
1990By Dawn's Early LightCaptain MoreauTV movie; as Rebecca DeMornay
1991An Inconvenient WomanFloTV movie
1993Blind SideLinda KainesTV movie
1994Getting OutArlene HolsclawTV movie
1995The Outer LimitsWomanEpisode: "The Conversion"
1997The ShiningWendy TorranceTV miniseries
1998The ConBarbara Beaton/Nancy ThoroughgoodTV movie; as Rebecca DeMornay
1999Night Ride HomeNora MahlerTV movie
1999ERElaine NicholsEpisode: "Leave It to Weaver"
Episode: "Last Rites"
Episode: "Greene with Envy"
Episode: "Sins of the Father"
Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
2000Range of MotionLainey BermanTV movie
2001A Girl ThingKim McCormackTV movie
2002The Salem Witch TrialsElizabeth ParrisTV movie
2003No Place Like HomeTV movie
2003Boomtown'Sabrina Fithian' Jill FosterEpisode: "The Love of Money"
Episode: "Inadmissable"
2004The PracticeHannah RoseEpisode: "The Firm"
Episode: "Comings and Goings"
Episode: "New Hoods on the Block"
Episode: "Adjourned" (a.k.a. Cheers)
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTessa McKellenEpisode: "Manipulated"
2007John from CincinnatiCissy YostEpisode: "His Visit: Day Five"
Episode: "His Visit: Day Six"
Episode: "His Visit: Day Seven"
Episode: "His Visit: Day Eight"
Episode: "His Visit: Day Nine"
Music Video


  1. ^ "California Births, 1905 - 1995". Family Tree Legends Records Collection (Online Database). Pearl Street Software. Retrieved 2013-03-25. "Pearch, Rebecca J. 08/29/1959. Female. Sonoma." 
  2. ^ a b "Rebecca De Mornay reportedly arrested for DUI". USA Today. Associated Press. July 11, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2010. "Associated Press records indicate De Mornay's age is 45, while some other sources give it as 48." 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c "Rebecca De Morney — about this person". New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (2000-03-24). "Radical boarding school escapes closure threat". (London: Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  6. ^ King, Randall (2009-08-29). "Rebecca De Mornay joins film's killer cast". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Still Holding, Bruce Wagner — book review". New York Magazine. November 3, 2003. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Rebecca De Mornay at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  9. ^ Sonya Eddy at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  10. ^ "17 S2 E1 Karl's Film Idea 1/2". YouTube. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 

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