Date of Birth : Aug 29th 1959
Rebecca De Mornay was born in northern California, and was raised by her mother Julie and stepfather Richard De Mornay until his death when she was five years old. Rebecca’s mother then moved her and her half-brother Peter to Europe, where she was raised primarily in England and Austria. Rebecca graduated “summa cum laude” from a German-speaking high school in the Austrian alps, and still speaks fluent German and French.
She began her acting training in Los Angeles at Lee Strasberg’s Institute, became an apprentice at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Film Studio, and soon thereafter made her film debut opposite Tom Cruise in the box office hit Risky Business (1983), in which she gave a seductive and critically acclaimed performance as a streetwise call girl. She went on to international stardom with her portrayal of a chillingly twisted nanny in the hugely popular The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992). Other acclaimed film work includes Runaway Train (1985) (with Jon Voight), The Trip to Bountiful (1985) (with Geraldine Page), Backdraft (1991) (with Kurt Russell).