Like many of her supporting turns over the years, De Mornay brings a stark bit of duality to the role, helping make a complex human being out of what might otherwise have been a shrill, patently unlikable character.
The first — a heartfelt little drama called The Trip to Bountiful — found her trading scenes with screen legend Geraldine Page in what would become Page's only performance.
Though De Mornay's role lasted just five episodes, it remains one of the more memorable season 6 guest appearances that also included turns from Emile Hirsch, David Krumholz, Shia LaBeouf, Anton Yelchin, Martha Plimpton, Gabrielle Union, and Vincent Kartheiser.
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And Rebecca De Mornay was right up there in this pantheon of goddesses.
Though she was blessed with leading lady looks and acting chops to match, De Mornay has generally gravitated towards roles that play to her strengths.