Rebecca De Mornay

Rebecca De Mornay (born August 29, 1959) 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. She was born Rebecca Pearch on August 29, 1959 in Santa Rosa, California. Her father was Wally George (né Pearch), a disc jockey at the time. When she was two, her parents divorced and at the age of five, she became known by her stepfather's surname, De Mornay. She has two step-brothers: Jonathan, a businessman, and Peter, a guitarist. She attended the independent Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk, England, but her high school degree was awarded in Kitzbühel, Austria. She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She had a two year relationship with actor Tom Cruise; the two lived together in New York after working together on Risky Business.


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