Rebecca De Mornay

Author, Actor, Screenwriter
Though Rebecca DeMornay's place in pop culture history was assured by two extreme roles - the glacially gorgeous prostitute in "Risky Business" (1983) and a devious psychopath in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992) ... Read more »
Born: 08/28/1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Wicked Ways 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Apartment 1303 3D 2012 (Movie)

Maddie Slate (Actor)

Mother's Day 2012 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flipped 2010 (Movie)

Patsy Loski (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

John from Cincinnati 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Music Within 2007 (Movie)

Richard's Mom (Actor)

American Venus 2006 (Movie)

Celia Lane (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lords of Dogtown 2005 (Movie)

Philaine (Actor)

Wedding Crashers 2005 (Movie)

Mrs. Kroeger (Actor)

Raise Your Voice 2004 (Movie)

Aunt Nina (Actor)

The Practice 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boomtown 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Identity 2003 (Movie)

Caroline Suzanne (Actor)

Salem Witch Trials 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Pet Love 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lost on Everest 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

ER 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Shining 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Talk to Strangers 1995 (Movie)

Dr Sarah Taylor (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Guilty As Sin 1993 (Movie)

Jennifer Haines (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Three Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

Milady De Winter (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle 1992 (Movie)

Peyton Flanders (Actor)

Backdraft 1991 (Movie)

Helen McCaffrey (Actor)

Dealers 1989 (Movie)

Anna Schuman (Actor)

And God Created Woman 1988 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

Feds 1988 (Movie)

Ellis DeWitt (Actor)

Beauty and the Beast 1987 (Movie)

Beauty (Actor)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Pecos Bill, King of the Cowboys 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Train 1985 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

Debby Palmer (Actor)

Trip to Bountiful 1985 (Movie)

Thelma (Actor)

Risky Business 1983 (Movie)

Lana (Actor)

Testament 1983 (Movie)

Cathy Pitkin (Actor)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

Actor

A Table For One (TV Show)

Actor

An Inconvenient Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Side (TV Show)

Actor

By Dawn's Early Light (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Out (TV Show)

Actor

Night Ride Home (TV Show)

Actor

Range of Motion (TV Show)

Actor

The Con (TV Show)

Actor

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Movie)

Claire Dupin (Actor)

The Right Temptation (TV Show)

Actor

The Winner (TV Show)

Actor

Thick As Thieves (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Never Talk to Strangers 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Though Rebecca DeMornay's place in pop culture history was assured by two extreme roles - the glacially gorgeous prostitute in "Risky Business" (1983) and a devious psychopath in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992) - the California native took great pains to prove that her talents laid beyond roles that were based solely around her icy blonde beauty. Over the course of her 20-plus-year career, DeMornay proved that she could handle characters of all stripes, from the scheming Lady De Winter in "The Three Musketeers" (1993), to terrorized Wendy Torrance in the TV remake of "The Shining" (1997) to the insecure mother of a trouble skateboarding champ in "Lords of Dogtown" (2005). Along the way, the enterprising actress also dabbled in producing and directing to keep herself in the game and improve upon her own projects throughout the years.

Relationships

Leonard Cohen

Companion
no longer together

Leonard Cohen Song

Companion
Romantically linked in the 1990s; co-produced Cohen's album The Future (1992)

Tom Cruise Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Risky Business" (1983) Couple lived together for 2 and a half years

Veronica DeMornay-O'Neal

Daughter
born on March 31, 2001 father, Patrick O'Neal

Sophia Demornay-O'Neal

Daughter
born on November 16, 1997 father, Patrick O'Neal

Wally George

Father
separated from DeMornay's mother when she was two

Patrick O'Neal

Companion
born on September 14, 1967 son of actors Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young together since c. 1994

Harry Dean Stanton Actor

Companion
Dated 1982-83 No longer together

Bruce Wagner

Husband
divorced in 1991 after being married for 10 months met at 1989 Cannes Film Festival where he was promoting "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" and she was promoting "Dealers" author of 1991 novel "Force Majeure"

EDUCATION

earned high school degree in Kitzbuhel, Austria; graduated summa cum laude

Summerhill School

a boarding school she attended for her elementary education

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2010

Appeared in the coming-of-age drama "Flipped," based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name

2007

Cast in the short-lived HBO series, "John from Cincinnati"

2007

Played Ron Livingston's mother in the drama "Music Within"

2005

Cast as Jay Adams' mother in "Lords of Dogtown" a fictionalized take on a group of skateboarders that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's

2004

Appeared in the final four episodes of ABC's "The Practice," playing an attorney representing Alan Shore (James Spader) in his wrongful-termination lawsuit

2004

Starred opposite Hilary Duff in the teen drama "Raise Your Voice"

2003

Co-starred in the thriller feature "Identity"

2001

Co-starred in the Showtime miniseries "A Girl Thing"; played one of three sisters whose lives are thrown into upheaval when their controlling mother dies

2000

Had leading role in the L.A. production of "Closer"

2000

Signed deal to make directorial debut with "Lilith"; wrote script for the romantic comedy and is expected to co-star

1999

Played a mother who mourned the loss of a young son in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Night Ride Home" (CBS)

1999

Appeared as Noah Wyle's love interest in several episodes of NBC's "ER"

1999

Starred in the HBO movie "Thick as Thieves"

1997

Played Wendy Torrance in the ABC movie "Stephen King's The Shining"

1995

First credit as executive producer, "Never Talk to Strangers"; also starred as a woman who suffered from multiple personality disorder

1994

TV directorial debut, episode of the revival of "The Outer Limits" (Showtime)

1993

Played the traitorous Milady DeWinter in the enjoyable updated version of "The Three Musketeers"

1992

Starred as a demented, vengeful nanny in the suspenseful drama "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle"

1991

Featured in the ABC movie "An Inconvenient Woman", a satirical look at L.A. society

1991

Had small role as Kurt Russell's estranged wife in the fire drama "Backdraft"

1990

Starred as Moreau in the HBO Cold War thriller "By Dawn's Early Light"

1990

Returned to the stage as the demented Charlotte Corday in "Marat/Sade" at the Williamstown Festival

1988

Stage debut, "Born Yesterday" at Pasadena Playhouse

1988

Had lead roles in the unworthy "Feds" and "Dealers"

1986

TV movie debut as Claire Dupin in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"

1983

First leading role in film, "Risky Business"

1982

First screen appearance in "One from the Heart"

1980

Returned to the USA

Sold her songs to German rock musicians and wrote the theme song for a kung fu movie called "Goodbye Bruce Lee" by the age 16

From the age of five, lived and traveled throughout Europe, Turkey, Jamaica and Bermuda

Bonus Trivia

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"Every single choice [of roles] I made on my own. I stand by it. There were some choices, in retrospect, that were probably bad, but I know that the alternative would have been not to work in that time period. Every step I made, I made myself." --Rebecca DeMornay quoted in MOVIELINE, October 1995.

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DeMornay has reportedly written a script tentatively titled "Lilith", in which she hopes to co-star with her off-screen significant other Patrick O'Neal (aka Young Patrick O'Neal)

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On October 30, 2007, Rebecca De Mornay was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of drunken driving after a routine traffic stop. De Mornay was then taken into custody and cited for DUI after the actress' blood-alcohol level tested at 0.09, which is above the legal limit of 0.08.

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