March 09, 2005


REBECCA DE MORNAY: At the behest of a reader, RD gets an honorable mention as a Flash in the Pan Babe of the Eighties and Nineties. Breakthrough flick: Risky Business in early 80’s. Best line from best Nineties movie: “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”—something to think about for anything considering an au pair. RD keeps coming back so I am not ready to call for an intervention or consign her to Julia Ormond/Ally Sheedy status. However, she has not broken into that level of regular good movies such as the much over-rated Julia Roberts. Discuss.

UPDATE: UPDATE: Mrs. LMC, the final authority on all matters concerning popular culture in the LMC household. reminded me the "hand that rocks the cradle" line actualy belonged to Julianne Moore who had other good ones such as "I need a good doctor. Know of any, Mrs. Mott?" and "Never allow a beautiful woman to be put into a power position in your home."

Posted by LMC at March 9, 2005 09:44 PM

I believe it was RD in "Neighbors" (with Ackroyd and Belushi), who said:

"How would you like to chew me?"

Posted by: Ted at March 10, 2005 10:56 AM

A shame, really. She has great eyes. But she's never quite made it to the big time.

Rebecca DeMornay's post-Risky Business career, such as it has been, has been a tribute to her plastic surgeons.

Not to criticize. They did a fine job, as anyone has seen The Hand That Rocks the Cradle or the execrable thriller where Rutger Hauer stalks her and her husband, would agree.
Fine work. not enough to propel her to the first echelon of stars, but enough to give her steady work in B movies.

Posted by: The Colossus at March 10, 2005 11:28 AM

I adore Rebecca de Mornay, but I've always thought that her career after "Risky Business" was a paradigm instance of the importance of choosing your scripts carefully.

"The Hand that Rocks the Cradle" was an iffy thriller at best, and "And God Created Woman" was just awful. In both cases, I thought she was the best thing about the production. But a reputation as a B-movie star, however undeserved, is harder to get rid of than athlete's foot.

Posted by: utron at March 10, 2005 05:24 PM

I thought she was very good in Identity, as the washed up starlet who gets her head cut off and stuffed in a dryer. Probably an easy role to slip into . . .

Posted by: Uncle Mikey at March 11, 2005 06:55 PM
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