Rebecca De Mornay

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Rebecca De Mornay is an American film and television actress. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she played Lana in Risky Business.


Personal life

The New York Times gives her alternative name as Rebecca George and her date of birth as August 29, 1961,[1] but her exact date of birth is unclear and there are various different dates quoted throughout the press.[2] During the early years of her life, she lived in California; her father was Wally George, who was a disc jockey at the time.[3] When she was two her parents divorced and at the age of five she became known by her stepfather's surname.[1] She attended the independent Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk, England.[4] Her high school degree was awarded in Kitzb├╝hel, Austria. She later trained as an actress in New York at the Lee Strausberg Institute.[1]

De Morney had a relationship with Tom Cruise and they lived together in New York after working together on Risky Business.[3]

She was married to Ryan O'Neal's son Patrick; they have had two daughters together.[1] She had previously been married to Bruce Wagner.[5] In 1992 she was in a relationship with Leonard Cohen and helped him arrange and produce music for his album The Future.[6][7]


De Mornay's film debut was a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's 1982 film One from the Heart. Soon thereafter came her star-making role as a hooker who seduces a high school student played by Tom Cruise in Risky Business.

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