Rebecca De Mornay on Hawaii Five-0
(9:00 PM EST, CBS)
Way back in the 1970s, the original Hawaii Five-O got plenty of big guest stars because it was the only television show that could offer a free Hawaiian vacation as part of the job. That’s why it’s so much fun to watch nowadays. You can see all kinds of amazing actors in plenty of bizarre plot lines. The new Hawaii Five-0 hasn’t been cashing in on that appeal–until tonight, when we get former movie star Rebecca De Mornay as a potentially lethal bride on tonight’s episode. But if you missed out on Rebecca’s recent turn as a psycho matriarch in the weird indie Mother’s Day, then you might need some reminding on why she’s worth staying home tonight. (And we’ll note that the new Hawaii Five-0 has still lured in gals like Lauren German and Behati Prinsloo.)
Rebecca was actually one of the more daring gals of the ’80s, and risked trashing her career in the name of sexual liberation. She was an instant sex symbol when she broke through with Tom Cruise as the stars of 1983’s Risky Business. Rebecca’s steamy sex scene with Tom really gave the teen comedy some broad appeal. She couldn’t find a follow-up hit, though. The baseball comedy The Slugger’s Wife bombed, and she didn’t have enough to do amongst the manly antics of Runaway Train. Rebecca then decided to star in the 1988 remake of And God Created Women. Roger Vadim returned as director, and he was out to create the same kind of controversy that the original film–starring Brigitte Bardot–had created in 1956. Rebecca gave her all in some wild sex scenes, but the movie was universally hated.
Rebecca was in exile for a while. The coolest thing she had going was a long stint as Leonard Cohen’s girlfriend. Rebecca then enjoyed a big comeback in 1992 as a scheming nanny in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. Once again, she fumbled the follow-up with the sordidly sexy Guilty As Sin. That didn’t matter. Hollywood had finally recognized her talent, and Rebecca’s been working steadily ever since. She’s aged into some fine MILFdom, too–as seen when she showed up unbilled as Finch’s Mom in last year’s American Reunion. Rebecca didn’t end up sharing Tom’s stardom, but these pics prove that Rebecca is an underseen gem of the ’80s, ’90s, and…wow, we’re going into four decades now. Good for you, Rebecca. Good for you, and us…