Rebecca De Mornay

Born Aug 29, 1959

Rebecca De Mornay is an American film and television actress. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she played Lana in Risky Business. Her other notable film roles include Sara in Runaway Train in 1985, Helen McCaffrey in the thriller Backdraft in 1991, her portrayal of the chillingly twisted nanny Peyton Flanders in the popular 1992 thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and as Wendy Torrance in Stephen King's 1997 television adaptation of The Shining.… Read More

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1959 Birth De Mornay was born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California in 1959 (though many sources erroneously list 1961 or 1962). … Read More


1981 21 Years Old 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. … Read More
1985 25 Years Old 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. … Read More
1986 26 Years Old De Mornay was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen. She married writer Bruce Wagner on December 16, 1986, but they divorced in 1990. … Read More
1988 28 Years Old 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).


1992 32 Years Old One of De Mornay's most commercially successful films was the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, released in 1992. … Read More
1995 35 Years Old Then she appeared in the 1995 drama film Never Talk to Strangers opposite Antonio Banderas, for which she was also the executive producer.


2003 43 Years Old In 2003, she guest-starred as primary antagonist in the first two episodes of season 2 of Boomtown.
2004 44 Years Old 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.
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De Mornay also starred in the 2007 drama American Venus.


2012 52 Years Old 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.
2015 55 Years Old In 2015, she appeared in Marvel's Jessica Jones as Trish Walker's abusive mother.
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