Rebecca De Mornay
American actress
Rebecca De Mornay
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.
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RIP Leonard Cohen: The Joy of Words and the Art of Gloom
Huffington Post - 3 months
Leonard Cohen was the prince of cool. The rock 'n' roll, folk music and pop culture worlds swarm with artists, some of them great artists, who exude a measure of cool. Leonard Cohen, who died this week at the age of 82, exuded nothing but cool. He never had a single record reach the top 100 of the Billboard charts. His most popular album peaked at No. 63. He rarely cracked radio playlists unless someone else recorded one of his songs, like Judy Collins with "Suzanne" or Jeff Buckley with "Hallelujah." He never had a great voice. He often performed concerts in a suit and tie. He left music for a while to become a Buddhist monk. He had a string of relationships with women, including actress Rebecca De Mornay, singer Jennifer Warnes and artist Suzanne Elrod. He never married any of them, though he had two children with Elrod. He suffered from periodic depression, a fact that would surprise no one who listened to his songs. Everybody knows the war has ended Ever ...
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Harry Dean Stanton: 'Life? It's one big phantasmagoria'
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The wine, the women, the song… The great Harry Dean Stanton talks to Sean O'Hagan about jogging with Dylan, Rebecca de Mornay leaving him for Tom Cruise and why Paris, Texas is his greatest film Harry Dean Stanton is singing "The Rose of Tralee". His wavering voice echoes across the rows of people gathered in the Village East cinema in New York, where a special screening of a new documentary about his life and work, Partly Fiction, has just finished. You can tell that the director, Sophie Huber, and the cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, who are sitting beside him, are used to this sort of thing from Harry, but the rest of us are by turns delighted and a little bit nervous on his behalf. Now that he's 87, Stanton's voice is as unsteady as his gait, but he steers the old Irish ballad home in his inimitable manner and the audience responds with cheers and applause. "Singing and acting are actually very similar things," says Stanton when I ask him about his other talent, having seen him ...
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Paige Morrow Kimball: Turning Up the Heat on Ageism in Hollywood
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I went to see The Heat last week, not because I'm a fan of buddy cop movies, but because I was intrigued that the two stars were women, in a classically male-dominated genre. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy were both very funny, and even though the script had some character development issues, I wasn't disappointed -- The Heat is definitely gender blind and doesn't sway from the buddy cop formula because there are women in the leads. However, I was disheartened to see that the film perpetuates a double standard for men and women about age and attractiveness. There is no doubt that The Heat succeeds in being un-self conscious about having female leads. In fact, with women in the lead roles the film has the advantage of fresh, original humor as Bullock and McCarthy deliver their arsenal of 'vagina' jokes that would be off-putting if they were uttered by male lips. (Yup. Pun intended). 1988's Feds starring Rebecca De Mornay and Mary Gross was another attempt at two fem ...
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This Week In Discs: Safe, The Five-Year Engagement, Piranha 3DD and More
Film School Rejects - over 4 years
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Quick A motorcycle courier finds himself targeted by police after a mysterious man forces him to deliver bombs to various addresses while an ex-girlfriend unlucky enough to have strapped an explosive helmet to her head comes along for the ride. This Korean effort takes the single plot thread of Speed and combines it with a lot of goofiness. The action runs the gamut of cartoony to thrilling, but it’s never less than entertaining. There’s also a little bit of heart to add more weight to the matter, but it’s never enough to extinguish the goofy fun. I’ll be honest… this is casual entertainment and a rental at best for most folks, but those of you as partial to Korean films as I am may want to pick it up too. Also available on DVD. [Extras: Making of, trailer, featurettes] Parks & Recreation: Complete Season Four Pitch: This is literally one of NBC’s Thursday ...
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Remembering Bukowski with Harry Dean Stanton on Saturday
LATimes - over 4 years
A parade of Hollywood stars who are fans of writer Charles Bukowski, led by Harry Dean Stanton, will pay tribute to the author at a celebration on Saturday. The free show, at the Grand Performances outdoor stage, begins at 8 p.m. Bukowski, who died in 1994, was a celebrated writer of L.A.'s gritty side. A longtime post office employee, Bukowski was a hard drinker who lived on the edge. He wrote a column, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," which was published by a handful of underground newspapers in the late 1960s. In 1969, at age 49, he quit his day job to write a book for Black Sparrow Press; that novel was "Post Office." While not a bestseller, Bukowski was a favorite of the underground (and the French). He wrote six novels, including "Factotum" and "Ham on Rye," and dozens of poetry collections. Disinclined toward capitalization and with a fondness for raw language, he wrote poems like "i wanted to overthrow the government but all i brought down was somebody's wife" and "a 340 dollar ...
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Horror's Top 10 Most Frightening Women
Dread Central - almost 5 years
With the upcoming release of the creepy Hammer film The Woman in Black on DVD May 22nd, we thought it would be a good time to look back at some of our favorite frightening women from horror films of the past. Believe me; these aren't your average scream queens. These women bite back...hard! To prime the proverbial pump, we have some honorable mentions for those who just missed the list. Who wasn't creeped out by Cécile De France in Haute Tension (High Tension) or Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan. I remember looking through my fingers at the woman-thing at the end of [REC], and Rebecca De Mornay was simply cold-blooded in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. Rie Ino'o gave us an iconic image in Ring, which Daveigh Chase duplicated in the American remake. And Lina Leandersson was eerie as Ellie in Lat den ratte komma in (Let the Right One In). Hell, if the films they were in were scarier, we'd love to have put Bellatrix Lestrange and The Wicked Witch of the West on here. They were some nasty ladi ...
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GIVEAWAY: Take Home Mother's Day on Blu-ray for Mother's Day!
Movies Web - almost 5 years
Anchor Bay will release director Darren Lynn Bousman's Mother's Day on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD May 8. We have a contest lined up and we're giving away copies of the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack to our readers. These prizes will surely go fast, so enter this contest today. Winners Receive: Mother's Day Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack HERE'S HOW TO WIN! Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! If you already "Like" MovieWeb, just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers go home to hideout...only to discover that their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) lost their house in a foreclosure. The new owners and their party guests become the depraved brothers' unwitting hostages. Their sadistic Mother soon arrives and brilliantly takes control of the situation, ratcheting up the terror. As the hostages struggle desperately to s ...
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The Cops Come Calling in Latest Clip from Mother's Day
Dread Central - almost 5 years
We're up to clip number 6 from Darren Lynn Bousman's take on the Troma classic Mother's Day so sit back, turn up the sound, and make mama proud! From the Press Release: There’s nothing more comforting than the love of a Mother for her children. But beware any Mother when her children are threatened! And for a certain diabolical Mother and her vicious progeny, she’ll send anyone who threatens her brood straight to Hell itself! Anchor Bay Films presents the ultimate “Mother” with the May 8th release of Mother’s Day on Blu-ray™+DVD Combo Pack and on DVD. With an all-star cast including Rebecca De Mornay (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Wedding Crashers), Jaime King (Red Tails, My Bloody Valentine, Sin City), Brianna Evigan (S. Darko, Step Up 2: The Streets), Patrick John Flueger (Footloose, Brothers), Deborah Ann Woll (HBO’s “True Blood”), Lyriq Bent (Saw II-IV, Skinwalkers), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Minority Report) and Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men films, Frozen), Mother’s Day is the ch ...
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Win a Copy of The Divide, The Wicker Tree, and Mother's Day in the Anchor Bay Three-Way Blu-ray Contest!
Dread Central - almost 5 years
Anchor Bay is heading into spring with some really big guns aimed at us in terms of their horror releases. Each week starting right now they're dropping bombs like The Divide, The Wicker Tree, and Mother's Day, and we're giving em all away in a Blu-ray bundle! Winning is simple! Just send us an E-MAIL HERE including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest. Xavier Gens' The Divide features a large and diverse cast featuring such icons of horror and sci-fi as Lauren German (Hostel Part 2), Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), and Milo Ventimiglia (NBC’s “Heroes”) as well as Courtney B. Vance (Final Destination 5, The Hunt for Red October), Ashton Holmes (CW’s “Nikita”, A History of Violence), and Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction). Look for it on DVD and Blu-ray RIGHT NOW! Synopsis: In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers — all tenants of a New York high-rise apartment — escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building’s ...
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Los villanos más amados - Qbit
Google News - over 5 years
Dentro de la categoría de las “femme fatale” que han ganado este reconocimiento están Rebecca Mornay, protagonista de La mano que mece la cuna (1992), Jennifer Jason Leigh, como la compañera de departamento en Mujer soltera busca (1993);
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rebecca De Mornay
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    In 2015, she appeared in Marvel's Jessica Jones as Trish Walker's abusive mother.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in Darren Lynn Bousman's Mother's Day (2010).
    De Mornay also starred in the 2007 drama American Venus.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    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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  • 2003
    Age 43
    In 2003, she guest-starred as primary antagonist in the first two episodes of season 2 of Boomtown.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 35
    Then she appeared in the 1995 drama film Never Talk to Strangers opposite Antonio Banderas, for which she was also the executive producer.
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  • 1992
    Age 32
    One of De Mornay's most commercially successful films was the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, released in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details She starred as a defense lawyer in Sidney Lumet's murder drama Guilty as Sin (1993) with Don Johnson.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 28
    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).
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  • 1986
    Age 26
    De Mornay was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen. She married writer Bruce Wagner on December 16, 1986, but they divorced in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details She has two daughters with ex-boyfriend Patrick O'Neal: Sophia (born November 16, 1997) and Veronica (born March 31, 2001).
  • 1985
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1981
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    De Mornay was born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California in 1959 (though many sources erroneously list 1961 or 1962).
    More Details Hide Details Her parents were Julie (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. When she was two, her parents divorced and, at the age of five, she took her stepfather's surname, De Mornay. She attended the independent Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk, England. She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
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