Rebecca De Mornay is a film and television actress of American origin. She shot into the limelight in 1983 when she starred in the hit romantic comedy film, Risky Business and her Hollywood career has spanned well over 3 decades. The talented actress has a countless number of film credits to her name including Runaway Train, Backdraft, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Three Musketeers, Never Talk to Strangers, and Wedding Crashers.
De Mornay equally has several television credits to her name particularly telefilms. She has come to be known in recent times for her recurring role as Dorothy Walker in the Netflix series, Jessica Jones.
Who Is Rebecca De Mornay?
She was born Rebecca Jane Pearch on the 29th day of August and in the year 1959. Her place of birth was in Rosa, California, and she was born to Julie (née Eagar) and Wally George (born George Walter Pearch), a DJ-turned-TV presenter. Her paternal grandmother Eugenia Clinchard was a child actress in the early 20th century.
Her parents’ marriage ended in a divorce when she was 2 years old and a few years later, her mother remarried. Rebecca was eventually adopted by her stepfather and she took up his last name – De Mornay. Following the untimely passing of her step-father, Rebecca, her mother and her half-brother Peter, all moved to Europe. There, she had her early education at Summerhill School located in Leiston, Suffolk, England and later schooled at a German-speaking high school after the family moved to Austria. She also studied acting at Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.
Rebecca De Mornay got her first professional acting role as an extra in the movie One from the Heart (1981). Two years later, she got her breakout role in the coming-of-age film Risky Business (1983) starring opposite Tom Cruise. Her performance in the film effectively announced her to the whole of Hollywood and also set her up for a busy and illustrious career to follow.
The talented actress portrayed the titular character in the movie The Slugger’s Wife (1985) followed by supporting roles in the highly-acclaimed films Runaway Train (1985) and The Trip to Bountiful (1985). De Mornay also had starring roles in the films Beauty and the Beast (1987), Feds (1988), Backdraft (1991), and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992). Her performance in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle earned her the 1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.
She equally recorded notable roles in the thriller films Guilty as Sin (1993) and Never Talk to Strangers (1995), doubling as executive producer in the latter. Her endless array of film credits also include The Winner (1996), Thick as Thieves (1999), The Right Temptation (2000), American Venus (2007), Mother’s Day (2010), Flipped (2010) and so many more.
Rebecca De Mornay has equally done well for herself in terms of small-screen credits having appeared in made-for-TV films like By Dawn’s Early Light (1990), Blind Side (1993), and the miniseries The Shining (1997). She has guest starred in several hit TV series and in 2015, she landed the role of Dorothy Walker in the web series, Jessica Jones.
Her Net Worth
Rebecca De Mornay has successfully kept her acting career going for nearly 4 decades. She has also enjoyed a busy career over these long years as she scored several notable roles both on the big screen and on the small screen. The talented actress has also been involved in a number of big budget movies over the years. With these and several other lucrative business ventures, the Hollywood star has amassed an impressive net worth of $11 million.
Rebecca De Mornay’s Daughter and Father
Rebecca De Mornay’s father, Wally George was a radio DJ, television host, and producer. He was well known for his three-decade run as the host of the syndicated television talk show, Hot Seat. He was also a musician and an actor. In 1984, he released an EP entitled Wal-ly! Wal-ly! which remains his only body of music.
De Mornay had a rather strained relationship with her father. He died on October 5, 2003, at Fountain Valley Hospital in California after suffering pneumonia.
De Mornay has 2 children from her relationship with actor-turned-sportscaster, Patrick O’Neal. They welcomed their first child on November 16, 1997, a daughter named Sophia and their second child was born on March 31, 2001, a daughter named Veronica.
Where Is She Now?
Rebecca De Mornay’s acting career may no longer be as thriving as it was when she first shot into the limelight in the early 1980s; however, she has managed to remain relevant all the same. The gorgeous actress lives in West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, and has recorded a number of acting credits in recent times.