Rebecca De Mornay was born 1959 as Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California. She is the daughter of Julie (Eagar) and Wally George (born George Walter Pearch), a television and radio commentator. Her paternal grandmother was child actress Eugenia Clinchard. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother married Richard De Mornay, who adopted her (Rebecca subsequently took his surname). Rebeccas paternal grandfather was English, and she also has German, French, and other English, ancestry. After Richard De Mornays untimely death, Rebeccas mother moved her and her half-brother Peter from northern California 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 Strasbergs Institute, became an apprentice at Francis Ford Coppolas Zoetrope Film Studio, and soon thereafter made her film debut in One from the Heart (1981). Her breakthrough came in the box office hit Risky Business (1983), in which she gave a seductive and critically acclaimed performance as a streetwise prostitute opposite a young Tom Cruise. 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). Network television work includes the tour-de-force role of Arlie in the stellar Getting Out (1994) (based on Marsha Normans play), the tragic title character in Dominick Dunnes An Inconvenient Woman (1991) (with Jason Robards), the remake of The Shining (1997) (produced by Stephen King), a multi-episode story arc about a cancer survivor on ER (1994) and Hallmark Hall of Fames Night Ride Home (1999) (with Ellen Burstyn).