Rebecca De Mornay is a famous American film producer, director and actress, perhaps known best for her roles in the films “Risky Business,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Runaway Train”.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Mornay was born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California, under the Virgo zodiac sign on 29 August 1959 – which makes her 63 years old as of 2022 – to parents Julie Eager and Wally George, who was a disc jockey and TV and radio commentator. Her parents divorced when she was two years old, but Julie later married Richard De Mornay and Rebecca adopted her stepfather’s name when she was five. She has seven siblings –sisters Holly Janice George, Kimberley Jennifer, and Debtralynne Salas, and brothers Walter George Pearch, Peter De Mornay, Kerry Walter George, and Jonathan De Mornay. Rebecca has been fascinated with acting since she was a child, hailing from a family that has a deep history in the entertainment industry; her grandmother, Eugina Clinchard, was a former child film actress in the early 20th century.
Rebecca went to the renowned Summerhill School situated in Suffolk, England, for her primary education. She later attended high school in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and matriculated summa cum laude (with the highest distinction) in 1977. Mornay later relocated to New York where she joined the Lee Strasberg Institute to train as an actress, and graduated in 1981.
Mornay has her favorite entertainers, some of whom are Helena Bonham Carter, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, while her best-loved films are “Fight Club,” “Meet Joe Black,” and “Mr. and Mrs Smith.”
She was very physically active during her 30s, and went to train at the gym regularly, mostly because being in shape was important for her career. She now practices yoga daily.
Rebecca is fascinated by linguistics and languages; she speaks German fluently.
She is a big fan of traveling, and has toured many US states for work, also a few Asian and European nations – her dream destination is Paris in France.
Ponen ahora en la Paramount RISKY BUSINESS, la película que lanzó a la fama a Tom Cruise. Y que guapa Rebecca de Mornay pic.twitter.com/hQFZKuCj
— JAVIER CASTRO (@JAVIERCASTRO96) January 10, 2013
Rebecca made her film debut in 1981, in the Francis Ford Coppola-written and directed romantic drama “One from the Heart,” which starred Teri Garr, Raul Julia and Frederic Forrest; the film was nominated for several awards including an Oscars. Two years later, she was cast together with Tom Cruise in the film “Risky Business”, and then in the sci-fi film “Testament.” 1985 saw Rebecca landing a role in the comedy “The Slugger’s Wife”, and in 1988, she starred as DeWitt in the Daniel Goldberg-directed crime film “Feds”
In the early ‘90s, Rebecca appeared as Dr Sarah in the Stephen Herek-directed adventure film “The Three Musketeers,” which also starred Keifer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell and Charlie Sheen. In 1995, she featured in the romantic drama “Never Talk to Strangers,” “The Winner” in the year that followed, and in 1999’s “Table for One.” Rebecca’s next film role came in 2005’s David Dobkin-directed comedy “Wedding Crashes.” She was later seen in the films “Collar” in 2015, 2016’s “I Am Wrath”, and the sports comedy “She Ball” in 2020.
Rebecca made her TV debut in an episode of the TV show “Tall Tales & Legends” in 1986, and rose to prominence a year later when she played Winifred in the fantasy miniseries “The Shining.” 1999 saw her featuring in five episodes of the drama “ER”, and in an episode of the documentary “Nova” in the year that followed. In 2007, she appeared in the drama “John from Cincinnati.” Three of her most recent roles are in the action drama “Hawaii Five-0” in 2013, in “Jessica Jones” (2015-2019), and in an episode entitled “Nothing Lasts Forever” of the acclaimed drama “Lucifer.”
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Rebecca made her directing debut in the episode “The Conversation” of the horror TV show “The Outer Limits” in 1995. She produced the romantic film “Never Talk to Strangers” in the same year, and the films “The Winner” and “Table for One” in 1996 and 1999 respectively. She’s also appeared in several documentaries, including the 2008’s “Imagine a School … Summerhill”, and the series “Celebrity Ghost Stories” in 2010. She has also been featured in several talk shows, including “E! True Hollywood Story”, and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”
Rebecca has bagged numerous awards and titles since she began her career in the showbiz industry; she won an Online Film & Television Association Award – The Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture – in 1997 for her role in the show “The Shining”, and her contribution to the film “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” also saw her winning an MTV Movie Award in the category of the Best Villian in a drama. De Mornay has also been nominated for several awards, such as Saturn and CFCA for The Best Actress in 1993.
Rebecca has dated several famous personalities – she was previously seeing the late American musician and actor Harry Dean Stanton, whom she met during the shooting of the romantic musical film “One from the Heart” in 1981 but they parted ways after a few months. In 1982, she met the celebrated American actor, Tom Cruise on the set of the teen comedy film “Risky Business” and they dated for three years. She was also in brief relationships with actors Toby Emmerich and Jon Voight.
Mornay met and began dating the American novelist Bruce Wagner year after breaking up from Tom Cruise in 1986, and they eventually tied the knot on 16 December that year. Sadly, the duo ended their marriage in 1990 following a misunderstanding. Rebecca was later engaged to the Canadian singer-songwriter, painter, and poet Leonard Cohen but their relationship was also short-lived. She had previously said, ‘Leonard Cohen was one of the greatest poets, but for me, he was also one of the most important people in my life, and losing him is like losing a limb.’
Rebecca began dating Patrick O’Neal, a Fox Sports reporter, and former actor, in 1995 and they stayed together for seven years before breaking up. The duo welcomed two daughters together; Sophia born on 16 November 1997, and their second daughter Veronica on 31 March 2001. She’s believed to be currently single as of 2022, and is apparently living together with her daughters in Los Angeles, California.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Rebecca is of Caucasian ethnicity and has long blonde hair and green eyes. She is of slim-build, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, weighs approximately 125lbs (57kgs), with vital statistics of 36-26-36. The Californian actress wears shoes size 7 (US). Rebecca has apparently undergone cosmetic surgery to enhance her looks – she’s also injected her face with Botox in the past.
Rebecca has featured in over 60 films and TV series since she made her acting debut over four decades ago, which has fetched her a decent sum of money. She has featured in many hit films such as “Wedding Crashers,” which had a box office collection of over $285 million compared to its budget of $40 million, and “Backdraft,” which grossed around $152 million compared to its budget of $40 million. According to sources, she is worth approximately $11 million as of 2022.