Rebecca Herbst

Rebecca Herbst

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Rebecca Herbst
Born Rebecca Ann Herbst
(1977-05-12) May 12, 1977 (age 41)
Encino, California, U.S.
Other names Becky Herbst
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Michael Saucedo (m. 2001)
Children 3

Rebecca Ann Herbst (born May 12, 1977) is an American actress, known for playing nurse Elizabeth Webber on the ABC Daytime drama General Hospital, a role she originated on August 1, 1997, and Suzee, an alien, on the Nickelodeon show, Space Cases.

Early life[edit]

Herbst was born in Encino, California. She grew up with parents Debbie and Wayne,[1] and has an older sister, Jennifer.[2] She is not related to General Hospital co-star Rick Hearst (who portrays Ric Lansing, Elizabeth Webber’s ex-husband), whose surname was Herbst before he changed it professionally.[3] Herbst was a competitive figure skater as a child, and at age sixteen decided to concentrate on acting.[4]

Career[edit]

At age six, Herbst stated she wanted to be on television so that she could play with the toys; she began filming commercials and has since appeared in over 60 nationally.[4] She has guest-starred in television series including: Highway to Heaven, L.A. Law, Beverly Hills, 90210, Step By Step, Boy Meets World, Sister, Sister, Days of Our Lives and Brotherly Love.[4] She starred in films including Kaleidoscope, Why Me? and Hefner: Unauthorized.[4] She was also featured in the Goo Goo Dolls 1995 music video “Naked”. She was a series regular as Suzee on the second season of the Nickelodeon show, Space Cases from 1996–97.

Herbst began as a series regular as Elizabeth Webber on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital on August 1, 1997.[5] In 1999, Herbst won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress,[6] and also received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress.[7] In 2000, Soap Opera Update named Herbst No. 6 on their list of Woman of 2000.[8] She was nominated in 2003 for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Actress.[9] In 2007, Herbst appeared on Tyra Banks‘ talk show to help Tyra through “soap opera school.”[10] Herbst was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2007[11] and 2012.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Herbst dated former General Hospital co-star Ingo Rademacher and photographer Johnny Lindesmith in the late 1990’s; Lindesmith and Herbst were engaged on December 30, 1999.[13][14] On June 1, 2001, she married former General Hospital co-star Michael Saucedo (who portrayed Juan Santiago).[15] They have three children, two sons (Ethan and Emerson) and a daughter (Ella).[16]

Herbst also designs clothes. She has designed most of her Daytime Emmy dresses,[17] and dresses for co-stars Natalia Livingston and Kimberly McCullough for the 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony.[18]

Herbst became a spokeswoman for Purpose Skincare in 2007.[19] She participates in the Smile Train charity.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1986 L.A. Law Jennifer Simmons Episode: “The Princess and the Wiener King”
1987 Highway to Heaven Young Gail Episode: “A Mother and a Daughter”
1989 McGee and Me! Renee’s Friend Episode: “The Big Lie”
1990 Why Me? Little Girl
1990 Kaleidoscope Emily TV film
1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brower Daughter Episode: “Perfectly Perfect”
1994 Shrunken Heads Sally
1995 Step by Step Shelley Episode: “Can’t Buy Me Love”
1995 Boy Meets World Jill Hollinger Episode: “Wrong Side of the Tracks”
1995 Donor Unknown Danielle Stillman TV film
1995 Sister, Sister Cynthia Episode: “Private School”
1996 The Lazarus Man Episode: “The Wallpaper Prison”
1996–1997 Space Cases Suzee Regular role (14 episodes)
1997 Brotherly Love Kristen 7 episodes
1997–present General Hospital Elizabeth Webber
/ Jessie Brewer
Regular role
/ April 1, 2015 episode
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Barbi Benton TV film
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Elizabeth Webber 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
1999 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress General Hospital Won [21]
1999 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated [22]
2003 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress General Hospital Nominated [21]
2007 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated [23]
2012 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated [24]
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