Even as many would easily recognize Rebecca Gayheart as an American model, she is mostly known as an actress. This American kicked off her career as a model in the 1980s when she was still a teenager, before appearing in a short film made by her friend, Brett Ratner. Her fame skyrocketed when she became the face of the skin care company Noxzema in the 1990s. Around that same time, she began appearing in television series like Earth 2, 90210, and Beverly Hills. The was no stopping her so she made her film debut in the 1997 comedy Nothing to Lose, followed by a role in Urban Legend, a slasher horror movie. Also, Rebecca featured in Jawbreaker, Harvard Man, and Shadow Hours.
Her acting career was derailed for a while in 2001 after she accidentally ran into a young boy with her car. The event caused a media storm, from her arrest to the conclusion of the trial in which she was sentenced to community service and probation. After a long hiatus, Rebecca returned to the world of acting, starring in guest roles on the series Dead Like Me, Vanished, and Nip/Tuck. The actress also took her talents to the stage, debuting on Broadway in a Lyceum Theatre production of Steel Magnolias in 2005, returning again in 2008 for a production of Boeing-Boeing.
Bio (Age) – Who is Rebecca Gayheart?
The famous actress and model was born on August 12, 1971, in Hazard, Kentucky to Floneva Slone and Curtis Gayheart. It is not a secret that she is the third of four children born to her parents. Her father worked as a miner and coal-truck driver, while her mother was an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay. She has two sisters named Elizabeth and Rachel (now late), and a brother named Curtis Wayne. Thanks to her parent’s racial heritage, Rebecca is of Italian, German, and Irish descent.
As a young girl, Rebecca had a knack for the arts and joined her high school’s theatre group. She played the titular character in the school’s production on the life of Lizzie Borden. When she was 15, she competed in a local modeling contest and got crowned Miss Centralian. She relocated to New York City shortly after to pursue a modeling career. She completed her education there at the Professional Children’s School before going on to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Rebecca was able to make ends meet by featuring in commercials for Burger King, Campbell’s Soup, and modeling for brand catalogs like J.C. Penney.
Rebecca’s first film appearance was in the short film Whatever Happened to Mason Reese by Brett Ratner, the first friend she made in New York City. She broke into television when she began appearing in Noxzema commercials and rose to national fame. This led to her being cast in the series Loving as Hannah Mayberry, Vanishing Son as Clair Rutledge, Earth 2 as Bess Martin, Beverly Hills, 90210 as Antonia Marchette.
She also went on to feature in the movies Nothing to Lose, Scream 2, Urban Legend, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman Daughter, Shadow Hours, Jawbreaker, and the waitress in the Meet Virginia music video by the pop-rock band Train.
In 2001, Rebecca hit a nine-year-old boy named Jorge Cruz while driving. The boy died the following day, and she pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the lawsuit. She was sentenced to three years of probation. In addition to that, she received a $2,800 fine, 750 hours of community service, and one-year suspension of driving license.
The actress managed to stay controversy free for several years until 2009 when a nude video was leaked on gawker.com, showing Rebecca and her husband with former Miss Teen USA contestant Kari Ann Peniche.
Her Net Worth
Rebecca Gayheart is not just an actress and model, she is also a successful entrepreneur with several moneymaking ventures to her name including endorsement deals with major cosmetic brands. She owns a chain of burger stores, a good team called Hazard Angels, a vodka brand, a perfume line, proper holdings, stock investments, and a fashion line. She is currently estimated to have a net worth of $245 million.
Rebecca Gayheart’s Husband
Rebecca dated filmmaker and director Brett Ratner for 13 years. She met him when she was 15 on the first day she moved to New York. The pair became engaged in 1997, but they called it off in 1999.
Gayheart was casual friends with the actor Eric Dane famously known for portraying Dr. Mark Sloane in Grey’s Anatomy until they decided to date, and ten months later they were exchanging marriage vows. The couple tied the knot on October 29, 2004. They have two daughters named Billie Beatrice Dane and Georgia Dane. They were married for 14 years before Rebecca filed for divorce in February 2018 citing irreconcilable differences as grounds for separation.