Rebecca Gayheart

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Rebecca Gayheart
Born(1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 43)
Hazard, Kentucky, United States
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Eric Dane (m. 2004)
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Rebecca Gayheart
Born(1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 43)
Hazard, Kentucky, United States
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Eric Dane (m. 2004)

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.


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 replaced by Morena Baccarin after only one day of filming. 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 that showed former Miss Teen USA contestant Kari Ann Peniche with Gayheart and husband Eric Dane.[13][14][15]


1990Whatever Happened to Mason Reese?Model #1Short film
1996Somebody Is WaitingLilli
1997Nothing to LoseDanielle
Scream 2Sorority Sister Lois
1998HairshirtJennifer Scott
Urban LegendBrenda Bates
1999PuppetLori Myers[16]
JawbreakerJulie Freeman
2000From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's DaughterMary Newlie
Shadow HoursChloe Holloway (Official Selection Sundance 2000 Competition)
Urban Legends: Final CutNurse Brenda BatesCameo/Uncredited
2001DoppelgangerBrian's Girlfriend14-min short film
Harvard ManKelly Morgan
2002Pipe DreamMarliss Funt
2005Santa's SlayGwen Mason
2007Bunny WhippedBeatriz Magdalene Johnson
2013G.B.F.Mrs. Daniels
1992–1993LovingHannah MayberryUnknown episodes
1992All My ChildrenHannah MayberryUnknown episodes
1994Vanishing SonClair ArmstrongTelevision movie
Vanishing Son IIIClair ArmstrongTelevision movie
Vanishing Son IVClair ArmstrongTelevision movie
1994–1995Earth 2Bess Martin21 episodes
1995Beverly Hills, 90210Antonia "Toni" Marchette8 episodes
1996SlidersNatalie1 episode
1997InvasionCassy WinslowTelevision movie
1998HerculesMedea (Voice)1 episode
1999WastelandSamantha "Sam" Price13 episodes
2001Inside SchwartzNadia1 episode
2003Dead Like MeBetty Rhomer5 episodes
What I Like About YouDana1 episode
2004The DivisionSuzanne Richland3 episodes
2004–2006Nip/TuckNatasha Charles3 episodes
2005The Christmas BlessingMeghanTelevision movie
2006ScarlettScarlettTelevision movie
MediumJessica Delaney1 episode
VanishedJudy Nash13 episodes
2007CSI: MiamiClaire Gibbs1 episode
Ugly BettyJordan Dunn1 episode
2009The CleanerCarey Kern1 episode


  1. ^ Kentucky Birth Index, 1911–1999. State of Kentucky. At
  2. ^ Rebecca Gayheart Biography at
  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
  6. ^ Rebecca Gayheart at
  7. ^ Whedon, Joss. Firefly: the complete series: "Serenity" commentary
  8. ^ "Headlines: Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart Fly Into Boeing-Boeing". 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". Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  11. ^ Hammel, Sara (30 December 2011). "It's a Girl for Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane!". Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  12. ^ Ex-'90210' Star: Wrongful Death Suit
  13. ^ Dane's Anatomy[dead link] at
  14. ^ "Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart's McSteamy Video Tape With Ex-Beauty Queen". 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  15. ^ Kevork/Djansezian. "Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart sex tape: Just videotaped nakedtime!". 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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