Raised in Pinetop, Kentucky, not far from Hazard, Kentucky,
where she was born, Gayheart is of Italian, Irish, German and Cherokee heritage. She moved to New York at age 15
to finish her high school education after spending a summer there modeling. She completed high school at New York's
Professional Children's School, then studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Midway through her second term, she
became a cast regular on the daytime drama "Loving."
Her career started in commercials, where Rebecca gained national recognition as the 'Noxzema Girl.', but for the
next few years she worked steadily in television. Her credits include "Beverly Hills 90210," the NBC
miniseries "Invasion," and the Amblin series "Earth 2."
Then, in quick succession, she appeared alongside Gabriel Byrne and Nastassja Kinski in Somebody is Waiting,
directed by Martin Donovan, the adventure comedy Nothing To Lose with Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence and
the cult hit Scream 2 with Neve Campbell. Recently she wrapped the prequel to From Dusk Till Dawn,
entitled Hangman's Daughter, directed by P.J. Pesce and produced by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.
Rebecca's most recent films include Hairshirt starring Neve Campbell and directed by Dean Paris, Darren
Stein's Jawbreaker, starring Rose McGowan and Julie Benz, Isaac Eaton's film Shadow Hours, and the
upcoming Harvard Man from James Tobak.