What happened to Rebecca De Mornay? Net Worth, Husband, Bio

Who is Rebecca De Mornay?

Rebecca Jane Pearch was born in Santa Rosa, California USA, on 29 August 1959 – her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, film producer and director, who as Rebecca De Mornay has appeared in more than 60 movies and TV series, while she’s probably still known best for her portrayal of the main character Peyton Flanders in the 1992 thriller movie “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle”. It was directed by Curtis Hanson, also starred Annabella Sciorra and Matt McCoy, and follows a woman whose husband committed suicide because he’d been humiliated, while she’s now seeking revenge against a woman who’s the cause of all her problems; the movie won six of the 12 awards for which it was nominated.

There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Rebecca has retired from acting, however, she’s still highly active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for both the upcoming thriller movie “Peter Five Eight”, and the horror thriller film “Angel Baby”.

Early life and education

Rebecca was raised in Santa Rosa alongside her seven siblings and half-siblings, by her father Wally George who was a famous American conservative TV and radio commentator, and her mother Julie who was a housewife; Rebecca’s paternal grandmother Eugenia M. Chinchard was a popular child actress.

Rebecca was only two years old when her parents divorced, and Julie was granted custody over her; she took her subsequent stepfather’s surname De Mornay after turning five. Rebecca became interested in acting while attending Summerhill School, where she was a member of its drama club, and appeared in plays performed both at the school and a local theatre.

Upon matriculating in 1977, Rebecca enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Institute, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in acting in 1981.

Roles in movies

Rebecca made her debut film appearance that year in the romantic musical drama “One from the Heart”, written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and which starred Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr and Raul Julia. It follows a couple who have been together for five years, while they’ve now both gone out on a date with a stranger; the movie was nominated for two awards, including an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score.

A couple of Rebecca’s following roles were in 1983 in the crime comedy drama “Risky Business” and the science fiction drama “Testament”, and the 1985 romantic musical comedy “The Slugger’s Wife”.

The year 1988 saw her play DeWitt, the main character in the crime comedy “Feds”, written and directed by Daniel Goldberg, and which also starred Mary Gross and Ken Marshall. The movie follows Ellie and Janis who are going through an FBI training course.

What was perhaps Rebecca’s most notable performance in the ‘90s was her portrayal of Dr. Sarah Taylor in the action adventure comedy “The Three Musketeers”, directed by Stephen Herek, and which starred Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Chris O’Donnell. It follows young d’Artagnan who has joined the three musketeers Aramis, Porthos and Athos, and the movie won two of the five awards for which it was nominated. A couple of Rebecca’s roles in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1995 romantic crime drama “Never Talk to Strangers”, the 1996 crime thriller comedy “The Winner”, and the 1999 thriller drama “Table for One”.

She played Mrs Kroeger in the critically acclaimed 2005 romantic comedy “Wedding Crashers”, directed by David Dobkin, and which starred Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams. It follows two womanizers who enjoy sneaking into weddings and wooing women; the movie won 11 of the 22 awards for which it was nominated.

Rebecca hasn’t had many movie roles since then – three of her most recent have been in the 2015 crime drama “Collar”, the 2016 action thriller “I Am Wrath”, and the 2020 sports comedy drama “She Ball”.

Roles in TV series

Rebecca made her debut TV series appearance with her portrayal of Rose ‘Slew Foot Sue’ Peasley in the 1986 episode “Pecos Bill” of the family comedy drama “Tall Tales & Legends”, but she only gained recognition in 1997, when cast to star as Winifred Torrance in the popular fantasy horror mini-series “The Shining”.

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It also starred Steven Weber and Wil Horneff, and follows a recovering alcoholic who has become a hotel caretaker; it won 17 awards, including two Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 10 other awards.

A couple of Rebecca’s following roles were in five episodes of the 1999 romantic drama “ER”, the 2000 episode “Lost on Everest” of the documentary “Nova”, and four episodes of the 2004 mystery crime drama “The Practice”. In 2007, she starred as Cissy Yost in the fantasy mystery drama “John from Cincinnati”, created by David Milch and Kem Nunn, and which also starred Greyson Fletcher and Willie Garson; the series follows members of the dysfunctional Yost family.

Three of Rebecca’s most recent TV series roles have been in the 2013 episode “A ia la aku” of the action crime drama “Hawaii Five-0”, 13 episodes of the action crime drama “Jessica Jones” between 2015 and 2019, and the 2021 episode “Nothing Lasts Forever” of the hit fantasy crime drama “Lucifer”.

Other credits

Rebecca directed the 1995 episode “The Conversion” of the fantasy horror series “The Outer Limits”.

She produced the 1995 romantic crime movie “Never Talk to Strangers”, the 1996 crime thriller comedy film “The Winner”, and the 1999 thriller movie “Table for One”.

Rebecca has been featured in numerous documentaries, most recently in the 2008 film “Imagine a School… Summerhill”, the 2008 short video “The Dream Is Always the Same: The Story of ‘Risky Business’”, and the 2010 series “Celebrity Ghost Stories”.

Rebecca has made a guest appearance in an episode of various talk-shows, such as “E! True Hollywood Story”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”.

Awards and nominations

Rebecca has won three of the seven awards for which she’s been nominated: in 1992 she won a  Cognac Festival du Film Policier Award for Best Actress and an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, both for her performance in “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”, and she also won a 1997 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries, for “The Shining”.

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Love life and husband

In 1981, Rebecca met the late American actor and musician Harry Dean Stanton while they were shooting together for the romantic musical movie “One from the Heart”, and they spent a couple of months dating.

She met Tom Cruise in 1982, while they were shooting for the teen comedy movie “Risky Business”, and were in a relationship until 1985.

She married the American novelist and screenwriter Bruce Alan Wagner on 16 December 1986, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members; the two divorced in 1990.

Rebecca was then in a relationship with the late Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen – they became engaged in 1992, but later it called off, without explanation.

Between 1995 and 2002, she was in a relationship with the American sportscaster and former actor Patrick O’Neal, and Rebecca gave birth to their first daughter Sophia on 16 November 1997, while their second daughter Veronica followed on 31 March 2001.

Rebecca hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has since been with, and as of March 2022, she appears to be single, was once married to Bruce Wagner and has two daughters with her former boyfriend Patrick O’Neal.

Hobbies and other interests

Rebecca is fascinated by languages, and is fluent in German.

She’s passionate about travelling, and her acting career has taken her to nearly all the US states, as well as to various European and Asian countries, while Rebecca’s dream travel destination is Paris, France.

She was physically quite active during her 20s and 30s, and had multiple training sessions at the gym every week, mostly because it was important for her acting career to stay in shape. It’s believed that Rebecca’s still active today, and that she practices yoga on a daily basis.

Rebecca has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Helena Bonham Carter, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Mr. and Mrs Smith”, “Meet Joe Black” and “Fight Club”.

Age, height and net worth

Rebecca’s age is 62. She has long blonde hair and light blue eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).

As of March 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $11 million.

Olivia Wilson

Olivia Wilson is currently a reporter for AffairPost based in London, United Kingdom. Prior to joining AffairPost in September 2018, she was a entertainment reporter. Olivia studied journalism at Cardiff University, graduating in 2010.

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