Rebecca Gayheart

Rebecca Gayheart

Gayheart in 2011, photo by DFree/

Place of Birth: Hazard, Perry, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: August 12, 1971

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, Irish

Rebecca Gayheart is an American model and actress. She is known for her roles in the films Scream 2 (1997), Urban Legend (1998), and Jawbreaker (1999), among others.

Rebecca is the daughter of Floneva and Curtis Gayheart. Rebecca is married to actor Eric Dane, with whom she has two children.

Rebecca has English, Scottish, German, and Irish ancestry. She is from a Southern Baptist religious background.

Various internet sources have stated that Rebecca also has Italian and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if these lineages have been verified/documented.

Rebecca’s patrilineal line can be traced to Paul Frederich Gearheart, who was born, c. 1662, in Saxony, Germany.

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was Frank “Bud” Gayheart (the son of Alexander “Alex” Gayheart and Molly/Mollie Manus/Manns). Frank was born in Kentucky. Alexander was the son of Allen “Buck” Gayheart and Sarah “Sally” Flannery. Molly was the daughter of John Wesley Mann/Manns and Elizabeth S./Stacy Risner.

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Hoskins (the daughter of Charles/Charley Hoskins and Clara Roberts). Beatrice was born in Kentucky. Charles was the son of Farmer Hoskins and Margaret/Margeret Hayes. Clara was the daughter of Lucinda Bowling or Couch.

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was Ollis Slone (the son of Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds). Ollis was born in Kentucky. Farris was the son of John Pigman Slone and Christina Branham Smith. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of John J. Reynolds and Mary Elizabeth Slone.

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Ollie Geraldine Tolliver (the daughter of D./Dock Harvey Tolliver and Mary/Marry Polly/Potter). Ollie was born in Kentucky. Dock was the son of Melvin Burton Tolliver and Arminda “R.” A. Baker. Mary/Marry was the daughter of John Henry Polly and Lettishia “Lettie” Craft‏.

Sources: Genealogy of Rebecca Gayheart (focusing on her father’s side) –

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather, Frank “Bud” Gayheart, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s paternal great-grandfather, Alexander “Alex” Gayheart –

Obituary of Rebecca’s maternal aunt (her mother’s sister), Mary Ann (Slone) Mullins –

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Ollis Slone, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Rebecca’s maternal great-grandparents, Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandfather, Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Reynolds –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, Ollie Geraldine Tolliver –

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, Ollie Geraldine Tolliver, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandfather, D./Dock Harvey Tolliver –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Arminda “R.” A. (Baker) Tolliver –


Curious about ethnicity

25 Responses

  1. Anon1 says:

    You forgot an ethnicity: Child killer!

  2. Rockxxz says:

    She looks like she have some black ancestries

  3. myspace celebrity says:

    She’s a white Beyonce. I don’t know if anyone else sees it. She’s very pretty.

  4. clark kent says:

    love the hair! was actually wondering about her background while watching “dead like me” the other day.

  5. Guy says:

    Your source also says Cherokee.

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