The Info List - Rebecca De Mornay

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 Backdraft (1991) and as nanny Peyton Flanders in 1992's The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.


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 life[edit] De Mornay was born Rebecca
Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California
Santa Rosa, California
in 1959[2] (although many sources erroneously list 1961 or 1962[3][4][5][6][7]). Her parents were Julie (née Eagar)[8] and Wally George (né George Walter Pearch), a disc jockey and later television host.[9] Her paternal grandmother was vaudeville performer and child film actress Eugenia Clinchard. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. She took her stepfather's surname, De Mornay, when she was five. She attended the independent Summerhill School
Summerhill School
in Leiston, Suffolk, England.[10] She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute.[11] Career[edit] 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.[12][13] Her star-making role came two years later in Risky Business
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
The Slugger's Wife
opposite Michael O'Keefe, and co-starred in The Trip to Bountiful
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
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
Guilty as Sin
(1993) with Don Johnson. Then she appeared in the 1995 drama film Never Talk to Strangers
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
The Practice
and the following year, had a brief role alongside Owen Wilson
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
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.[14] Personal life[edit] De Mornay married writer Bruce Wagner on December 16, 1986; they divorced in 1990.[15] De Mornay subsequently dated and was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen.[16][17] She co-produced Cohen's 1992 album The Future, which is also dedicated to her with an inscription that quotes Rebecca's coming to the well from the chapter 24 Book of Genesis[18] and giving drink to Eliezer's camels, after he prayed for the help.[19] De Mornay has two daughters with ex-boyfriend Patrick O'Neal: Sophia (born November 16, 1997) and Veronica (born March 31, 2001).[20][21] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

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

1990 By Dawn's Early Light Captain Moreau, USAF

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

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

2004 Raise Your Voice Aunt Nina

2005 Lords of Dogtown Philaine

2005 Wedding Crashers Mrs. Kroeger

2007 American Venus Celia Lane

2007 Music Within Mrs. Pimental

2010 Flipped Patsy Loski

2010 Mother's Day Natalie "Mother" Koffin

2011 A Fonder Heart Dr. Bach

2011 Apartment 1303 3D Maddie Slate

2012 American Reunion Rachel Finch

2015 Collar Mayor Ramona 'Nomi' Billingsley

2016 I Am Wrath Vivian Hill


Year Title Role Notes

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 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Woman Episode: "The Conversion"

1997 Shining, TheThe 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 Practice, TheThe 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-present Jessica Jones Dorothy Walker 8 episodes

2016 Lucifer Penelope Decker 2 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Role

1985 Starship "Sara" Sara


^ 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.  ^ " Rebecca
J Pearch - Sonoma County Birth Records". familytreenow.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.  ^ "washingtonpost.com: Rebecca
De Mornay Filmography". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.  ^ "De Mornay, Rebecca
1961 (?)". encyclopedia.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.  ^ Kamarauskas, K. "Screenshots and Info on Actress Rebecca
De Mornay". thespiannet.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.  ^ " Rebecca
De Mornay Filmography and Movies - Fandango". fandango.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.  ^ Thomson, David (October 26, 2010). "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Completely Updated and Expanded". Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group – via Google Books.  ^ "Person Details for Rebecca
J Pearch, "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995" — FamilySearch.org". Familysearch.org. Retrieved 2014-12-25.  ^ 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.  ^ Smithers, Rebecca
(March 24, 2000). "Radical boarding school escapes closure threat". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2010-08-30.  ^ " Rebecca
De Morney — about this person". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-11.  ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (2013-09-10). " Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton
Looks at the Actor's Life". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-02.  ^ "Notes on the New Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton
Documentary". vice.com. September 20, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2018.  ^ 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.  ^ "Still Holding, Bruce Wagner — book review". New York Magazine. November 3, 2003. Retrieved 2010-12-11.  ^ King, Randall (August 29, 2009). " Rebecca
De Mornay joins film's killer cast". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2013-01-27.  ^ Cohen, Leonard (June 1, 1993). "Knowing Rebecca
de Mornay Like Only Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
Can". Interview magazine. Archived from the original on September 19, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2010.  ^ Cohen, Leonard (2012). "The Future". A Record by Leonard Cohen. Leonardcohencroatia.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.  ^ The Online Jewish Book Community (June 2006). "Book of Longing (Review)". Reviews & Articles. www.leonardcohencroatia.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.  ^ "Passages".  ^ "Star Tracks". 

Further reading[edit]

"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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MTV Movie Award for Best Villain

De Mornay (1992) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(1993) Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone
(1994) Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
(1995) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1996) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(1997) Mike Myers
Mike Myers
(1998) Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon
/ Stephen Dorff
Stephen Dorff
(1999)† Mike Myers
Mike Myers
(2000) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(2001) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2002) Daveigh Chase
Daveigh Chase
(2003) Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu
(2004) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
(2005) Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen
(2006) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(2007) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(2008) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2009) Tom Felton
Tom Felton
(2010) Tom Felton
Tom Felton
(2011) Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
(2012)‡ Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2013) Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis
(2014) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2015) Adam Driver
Adam Driver
(2016) Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan

† Tie; ‡ The Award was re-named Best On-Screen Dirtbag

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