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Also Known As: Rebecca George Died:
Born: August 29, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, author

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Though Rebecca DeMornay's place in pop culture history was assured by two extreme roles - the glacially gorgeous prostitute in "Risky Business" (1983) and a devious psychopath in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992) - the California native took great pains to prove that her talents laid beyond roles that were based solely around her icy blonde beauty. Over the course of her 20-plus-year career, DeMornay proved that she could handle characters of all stripes, from the scheming Lady De Winter in "The Three Musketeers" (1993), to terrorized Wendy Torrance in the TV remake of "The Shining" (1997) to the insecure mother of a trouble skateboarding champ in "Lords of Dogtown" (2005). Along the way, the enterprising actress also dabbled in producing and directing to keep herself in the game and improve upon her own projects throughout the years.

Though Rebecca DeMornay's place in pop culture history was assured by two extreme roles - the glacially gorgeous prostitute in "Risky Business" (1983) and a devious psychopath in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992) - the California native took great pains to prove that her talents laid beyond roles that were based solely around her icy blonde beauty. Over the course of her 20-plus-year career, DeMornay proved that she could handle characters of all stripes, from the scheming Lady De Winter in "The Three Musketeers" (1993), to terrorized Wendy Torrance in the TV remake of "The Shining" (1997) to the insecure mother of a trouble skateboarding champ in "Lords of Dogtown" (2005). Along the way, the enterprising actress also dabbled in producing and directing to keep herself in the game and improve upon her own projects throughout the years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Am Wrath (2014)
2.
3.
 Mother's Day (2012)
4.
 Downers Grove (2012)
5.
 Flipped (2010)
6.
 American Venus (2009)
7.
 Music Within (2007)
8.
 Wedding Crashers (2005) Cast
9.
 Lords of Dogtown (2005) Cast
10.
 Raise Your Voice (2004) Aunt Nina
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Milestones close milestones

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From the age of five, lived and traveled throughout Europe, Turkey, Jamaica and Bermuda
:
Sold her songs to German rock musicians and wrote the theme song for a kung fu movie called "Goodbye Bruce Lee" by the age 16
1980:
Returned to the USA
1982:
First screen appearance in "One from the Heart"
1983:
First leading role in film, "Risky Business"
1986:
TV movie debut as Claire Dupin in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
1988:
Stage debut, "Born Yesterday" at Pasadena Playhouse
1988:
Had lead roles in the unworthy "Feds" and "Dealers"
1990:
Starred as Moreau in the HBO Cold War thriller "By Dawn's Early Light"
1990:
Returned to the stage as the demented Charlotte Corday in "Marat/Sade" at the Williamstown Festival
1991:
Had small role as Kurt Russell's estranged wife in the fire drama "Backdraft"
1991:
Featured in the ABC movie "An Inconvenient Woman", a satirical look at L.A. society
1992:
Starred as a demented, vengeful nanny in the suspenseful drama "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle"
1993:
Played the traitorous Milady DeWinter in the enjoyable updated version of "The Three Musketeers"
1994:
TV directorial debut, episode of the revival of "The Outer Limits" (Showtime)
1995:
First credit as executive producer, "Never Talk to Strangers"; also starred as a woman who suffered from multiple personality disorder
1997:
Played Wendy Torrance in the ABC movie "Stephen King's The Shining"
1999:
Appeared as Noah Wyle's love interest in several episodes of NBC's "ER"
1999:
Starred in the HBO movie "Thick as Thieves"
1999:
Played a mother who mourned the loss of a young son in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Night Ride Home" (CBS)
2000:
Signed deal to make directorial debut with "Lilith"; wrote script for the romantic comedy and is expected to co-star
2000:
Had leading role in the L.A. production of "Closer"
2001:
Co-starred in the Showtime miniseries "A Girl Thing"; played one of three sisters whose lives are thrown into upheaval when their controlling mother dies
2003:
Co-starred in the thriller feature "Identity"
2004:
Appeared in the final four episodes of ABC's "The Practice," playing an attorney representing Alan Shore (James Spader) in his wrongful-termination lawsuit
2004:
Starred opposite Hilary Duff in the teen drama "Raise Your Voice"
2005:
Cast as Jay Adams' mother in "Lords of Dogtown" a fictionalized take on a group of skateboarders that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's
2007:
Cast in the short-lived HBO series, "John from Cincinnati"
2007:
Played Ron Livingston's mother in the drama "Music Within"
2010:
Appeared in the coming-of-age drama "Flipped," based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name
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Education

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: Los Angeles , California -
Summerhill School: -

Notes

"Every single choice [of roles] I made on my own. I stand by it. There were some choices, in retrospect, that were probably bad, but I know that the alternative would have been not to work in that time period. Every step I made, I made myself." --Rebecca DeMornay quoted in MOVIELINE, October 1995.

DeMornay has reportedly written a script tentatively titled "Lilith", in which she hopes to co-star with her off-screen significant other Patrick O'Neal (aka Young Patrick O'Neal)

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Harry Dean Stanton. Actor. Had brief romance.
companion:
Tom Cruise. Actor. Co-starred together in "Risky Business" (1983); lived together for 2 and a half years.
husband:
Bruce Wagner. Novelist, screenwriter. Divorced in 1991 after being married for 10 months; met at 1989 Cannes Film Festival where he was promoting "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" and she was promoting "Dealers"; author of 1991 novel "Force Majeure".
companion:
Leonard Cohen. Musician; songwriter. No longer together.
companion:
Patrick O'Neal. Actor. Born on September 14, 1967; son of actors Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young; together since c. 1994.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Wally George. West Coast radio and TV personality. Separated from DeMornay's mother when she was two.
daughter:
Sophia Demornay-O'Neal. Born on November 16, 1997; father, Patrick O'Neal.
daughter:
Veronica DeMornay-O'Neal. Born on March 31, 2001; father, Patrick O'Neal.

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