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Actress

Rebecca De Mornay is an American actress.

Background

Mornay, Rebecca De was born on August 29, 1962 in Santa Rosa, California, United States. Daughter of Richard and Julie De Mornay.

Education

Studied at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Los Angeles with Kristin Linklater.

Career

So The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (92, Curtis Hanson) may be as good as it gets: an unashamed, expert potboiler, yet founded in unusual psychological interest, with the barbs on Hanson's script depending on the authenticity and precision of the actress. (Hanson may have been expressly cunning in setting up De Mornay and Anabella Sciorra as mother and nanny—thus De Momay has a serenity and Sciorra a breathless ineptness that seem wrong, but very revealing.) Of course. De Momay can only hint at poignant derangement in the nanny, and only make a hit more of many moments than they deserve. The project does not begin to grasp unity or development, and so the actress’s very epiphanies ensure our final disappointment, just as they surely give energy to the character’s climactic malice. Good actresses do deserve better people to play.

De Mornay had a European upbringing (another subtle undercurrent against the mainstream as well as an education at the Lee Stras- berg Institute. She was a sharp, funny, and utterly memorable customer in One From the Heart (82. Francis Coppola) and then a kid’s dream in Risky Business (83, Paul Brickman). That first smash hit was just as unreal and acute as Cradle, and it employed the same faintly dreamy or distracted distance in the actress’s performance. In the process, she reduced maybe 90 percent of the male audience to the level of Tom Cruise's dreams.

She was in Testament (85, Lynne Littman); hardly recognizable but valiant and fierce in Runaway Train (85, Andrei Konchalovsky); she was the utility infielder actress in The Slugger's Wife (85, Hal Ashby); she was allowed to be an actress in The Trip to Bountiful (85, Peter Masterson)— can you remember? She faced up to “necessary career choices” in And God Created Woman (87, Roger Vadim); and has to take responsibility for Feds (88, Dan Goldberg) and Dealers (89, Colin Bucksey). She was also in Backdraft (91, Ron Howard); Blind Side (93, Geolf Murphv); Guilty as Sin (93, Sidney Lumet); and The Th ree Musketeers (93, Stephen Herek).

Most of her later work has been for TV only, and it’s not verv distinguished: Getting Out (94, John Korty); Never Talk to Strangers (95, Peter Hall); The Winner (96, Alex Cox); Wendy in the TV version of The Shining (97, Mick Garris); The Con (98, Steven Schachter); Thick as Thieves (99, Scott Sanders); Night Ride Home (99, Glenn Jordan); A Table for One (99, Ron Senkowski); Range of Motion (00, Donald Wrye); The Right Tempta¬tion (00, Lyndon Chubbuck); Salem Witch Trials (01, Joseph Sargent).

Works

Personality

Ms. De Mornay is a sumptuous, pale-eyed blonde whose intelligence gives her a decided edge of coolness, or of thinking about something else. Of course, in great roles—as Hedda Gabler, Elektra, or Blanche DuBois—her looks and her mind might close together with a very satisfying click. But the possibility remains that her intelligence may be a little bewildered or daunted by her beauty—indeed, it may be provoked by it. As a unified woman, she could prove a little less mysterious—not that Hollvwood is likely to challenge her in the roles.

Connections

Married Bruce Wagner, 1989 (divorced 1990). Married Patrick O'Neal. 2 children.