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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 August 1959Santa Rosa, California, USA
Birth NameRebecca Jane Pearch
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rebecca De Mornay was born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California. She is the daughter of Julie (Eagar) and 'Wally Perch' (born George Walter Pearch), a television and radio commentator. Her paternal grandmother was child actress Eugenia Clinchard. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother married Richard De Mornay, who adopted her (Rebecca subsequently took his surname). Rebecca's paternal grandfather was English, and she also has German, French, and other English, ancestry.

After Richard De Mornay's untimely death, Rebecca's mother moved her and her half-brother Peter from northern California to Europe, where she was raised primarily in England and Austria. Rebecca graduated "summa cum laude" from a German-speaking high school in the Austrian alps, and still speaks fluent German and French.

She began her acting training in Los Angeles at Lee Strasberg's Institute, became an apprentice at Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Film Studio, and soon thereafter made her film debut in One from the Heart (1982), which was followed by the box office hit Risky Business (1983), in which she gave a seductive and critically acclaimed performance as a streetwise prostitute. She went on to international stardom with her portrayal of a chillingly twisted nanny in the hugely popular The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992). Other acclaimed film work includes Runaway Train (1985) (with Jon Voight), The Trip to Bountiful (1985) (with Geraldine Page), Backdraft (1991) (with Kurt Russell).

Network television work includes the tour-de-force role of Arlie in the stellar Getting Out (1994) (based on Marsha Norman's play), the tragic title character in Dominick Dunne's An Inconvenient Woman (1991) (with Jason Robards), the remake of The Shining (1997) (produced by Stephen King), a multi-episode story arc about a cancer survivor on ER (1994) and Hallmark Hall of Fame's Night Ride Home (1999) (with Ellen Burstyn).

On stage, she starred as Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday" (1988) at the Pasadena Playhouse, as Charlotte Corday in "Marat/Sade" (1990) at the Williamstown Festival, and as Anna in "Closer" (2000) at the Mark Taper Forum.

Rebecca's directing debut was with a segment of Showtime's The Outer Limits (1995) starring John Savage and Frank Whaley. Twice divorced from writer Bruce Wagner and, more recently, sportscaster Patrick O'Neal, Rebecca resides in Los Angeles with her two young daughters Sophia and Veronica.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (2)

Patrick O'Neal (1995 - 2002) (divorced) (2 children)
Bruce Wagner (16 December 1989 - 2 December 1990) (divorced)

Trivia (13)

Speaks German fluently.
Daughter of TV talk show host Wally George.
Was engaged to Leonard Cohen.
Mother, with Patrick O'Neal, of daughters Sophia De Mornay-O'Neal (b. 16 November 1997) and Veronica De Mornay-O'Neal (b. 31 March 2001).
Her last name was changed as a child, when she was adopted by her stepfather, Richard De Mornay.
She attended the radically alternative English boarding school Summerhill.
She has several half-brothers and half-sisters whom she has never met.
Granddaughter of Eugenia Clinchard
Ex-stepsister-in-law of Tatum O'Neal and Griffin O'Neal.
Sentenced to a three-month program for DUI offenders, three years summary probation and a $350 fine, after pleading no contest to one count of DUI on February 5, 2008. Was pulled over and arrested on October 30, 2007 on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Former daughter-in-law of actors Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young.
Lived with Tom Cruise (1983-1985).
Working on the HBO series John from Cincinnati (2007). [June 2007]

Personal Quotes (3)

I feel a terrifically painful disturbance in the natural law of things between men and women that must be balanced in the next few thousand years. What has been done in the name of holding up masculine energy as God and feminine energy as subservient has really wiped out everything.
I've made some great movies. Risky Business (1983) still stands up. It's timeless. They study that film in film school.
[Referring to Patrick John Flueger, Deborah Ann Woll, Warren Kole and Matt O'Leary, while working on the remake of Mother's Day (2010)] Just want to say, the actors playing my 4 kids are fantastic, and I'm very proud of them, as Mother, but also as Rebecca.

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