Rebecca De Mornay
De Mornay in 2006
Rebecca Jane Pearch
August 29, 1959
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
|Other names||Rebecca George|
(m. 1986; div. 1990)
|Patrick O'Neal (1995-2002)|
Rebecca De Mornay (born Rebecca Jane Pearch; August 29, 1959) is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she starred as Lana in Risky Business. She is also known for her portrayals of Sara in Runaway Train (1985), Thelma in The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Helen McCaffrey in Backdraft (1991), and Peyton Flanders in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992).
Her other film credits include The Three Musketeers (1993), Never Talk to Strangers (1995), Identity (2003), Lords of Dogtown, Wedding Crashers (both 2005), and Mother's Day (2010). On television, she starred as Wendy Torrance in the miniseries adaptation of The Shining (1997), and as Dorothy Walker on Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015-19).
De Mornay was born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California in 1959 (although many sources erroneously list 1961 or 1962). Her parents were Julie (née Eagar) and Wally George (né George Walter Pearch), a disc jockey and later television host. 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 in Leiston, Suffolk, England. She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
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. 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.
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. From 2015 to 2019, she appeared in Marvel's Jessica Jones as Trish Walker's abusive mother.
De Mornay subsequently dated and was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen. 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 and giving drink to Eliezer's camels, after he prayed for the help.
|1981||One from the Heart||Understudy||Credited as Rebecca de Mornay|
|1985||The Slugger's Wife||Debby Palmer|
|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|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||Captain Moreau, USAF|
|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||Mrs. Pimental|
|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|
|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"|
|2015-2019||Jessica Jones||Dorothy Walker||13 episodes|
|2016||Lucifer||Penelope Decker||2 episodes|
Associated Press records indicate De Mornay's age is 45, while some other sources give it as 48.