Rebecca De Mornay (born Rebecca Jane Pearch; August 29, 1959)[1] 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.

Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Music videos 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

Early lifeEdit

De Mornay was born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California in 1959[2] (though many sources erroneously list 1961 or 1962[3][4][5][6][7][8]). Her parents were Julie (Eagar)[9] and Wally George (né George Walter Pearch), a disc jockey and later television host.[10] 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.[11] She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute.[12]


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.[13][14] 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.[1]

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.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

De Mornay was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen.[16] She married writer Bruce Wagner on December 16, 1986, but they divorced in 1990.[17] She has two daughters with ex-boyfriend Patrick O'Neal: Sophia (born November 16, 1997) and Veronica (born March 31, 2001).[18][19]







1981 One from the Heart Understudy Credited as Rebecca de Mornay 1983 Risky Business Lana 1983 Testament Cathy Pitkin 1985 The Slugger's Wife Debby Palmer 1985 Runaway Train Sara 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 1989 Dealers Anna Schuman 1991 Backdraft Helen McCaffrey 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 2010 Flipped Patsy Loski 2010 Mother's Day Mother 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 The Outer Limits Woman Episode: "The Conversion" 1997 The 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 The 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

Music videos





1985 Starship "Sara" Sara


1.^ Jump up to: a b "Rebecca De Mornay reportedly arrested for DUI". USA Today. Associated Press. July 11, 2007. Retrieved 2010-12-11. "Associated Press records indicate De Mornay's age is 45, while some other sources give it as 48." 2.Jump up ^ 3.Jump up ^ 4.Jump up ^ 5.Jump up ^ 6.Jump up ^ 7.Jump up ^ 8.Jump up ^ 9.Jump up ^ "Person Details for Rebecca J Pearch, "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995" —". Retrieved 2014-12-25. 10.Jump up ^ Hammer, Joshua (February 27, 1984). "Rabble-Rouser Wally George Is the New Pitchman and Great Right Hope of TV Squawk Shows". People 21 (8). Retrieved 2010-12-11. 11.Jump up ^ Smithers, Rebecca (March 24, 2000). "Radical boarding school escapes closure threat". The Guardian (London: Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 2010-08-30. 12.Jump up ^ "Rebecca De Morney — about this person". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 13.Jump up ^ 14.Jump up ^ 15.Jump up ^ Abad-Santos, Alex (November 23, 2015). "In Marvel's Jessica Jones, women get stuff done while men just talk about women". Vox. Vox Media. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 16.Jump up ^ King, Randall (August 29, 2009). "Rebecca De Mornay joins film's killer cast". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 17.Jump up ^ "Still Holding, Bruce Wagner — book review". New York Magazine. November 3, 2003. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 18.Jump up ^,,20123972,00.html 19.Jump up ^,,20133489,00.html

Further readingEdit

"The Key to Rebecca". Saturday Review 12 (1): 30–34. January–February 1986. Tykus, Michael J. (2000). "Rebecca de Mornay". Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television 29. Gale Research Co. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-7876-3188-8. Room, Adrian (2010). "Rebecca de Mornay". Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins (5th ed.). McFarland. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-7864-4373-4. Segrave, Kerry; Martin, Linda (1990). "Rebecca de Mornay". The Post-Feminist Hollywood Actress: biographies and filmographies of stars born after 1939. McFarland & Co. pp. 265–269. ISBN 978-0-89950-387-5. Aylesworth, Thomas G.; Bowman, John S.; Fairbanks, Douglas (1992). "De Mornay, Rebecca". World Guide to Film Stars. Great Pond. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-56657-007-7. Sleeman, Elizabeth (2001). "De Mornay, Rebecca". The International Who's Who of Women 2002 (3rd ed.). Routledge. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-85743-122-3. Riggs, Thomas, ed. (2005). "De MORNAY, Rebecca". Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television: A Biographical Guide 64. Gale / Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-0-7876-9037-3.

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