American Dreams- Biography:
Virginia Madsen / Rebecca Sandstrom

Character Name: Rebecca Sandstrom (2002- )

Birth Date: September 11, 1963

Birth Place: Chicago, IL USA

Height: 5' 8"


Nickname: Gina

Marital Status: Danny Huston (divorced) Was previously engaged to actor Billy Campbell.

Children: Has child with Antonio Sabato Jr. named Jack (b.8/6/1994)

Family: Sister of actor Michael Madsen

Flimography: Click here! to read about her other roles


About the character:

About the actor:

Virginia Madsen bucks the conservative values of the early 1960s in her portrayal of Rebecca Sandstrom, a member of Helen Pryor’s (Gail O’Grady) book club who dares the group to expand their minds and viewpoints by reading a variety of progressive literature.

Born and raised in Chicago, the actress first appeared before audiences in David Lynch’s science fiction epic, “Dune.” However, it wasn’t until Madsen’s portrayal of a Catholic school girl who was painfully in love with a prison boot camp inmate in the low-budget feature “Fire with Fire,” that Madsen gained wide-range audience appeal.

Perhaps best known for her roles in such features as Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” and Rob Reiner’s “Ghosts of Mississippi,” Madsen has appeared in a variety of independent films including “Almost Salinas” opposite John Mahoney. Her other feature-film credits include “Candyman,” “Highlander 2,” “Mr. North” and “The Haunting” alongside Liam Neeson. Madsen will appear later this year in the independent film “American Gun” opposite Academy Award winner James Coburn.

Most recently Madsen guest-starred as the wife of a U.S. Senator involved in a high-profile murder case on an episode of the “The Practice,” a role which she reprised in another episode. Her other television credits include several guest star appearances on NBC’s “Frasier” and the sci-fi series “Earth 2.” Madsen has starred in several TV movies, including her role as the mother of two boys who falsely accuse her of molesting them in “Just Ask My Children” and “Crossfire Trail” alongside Tom Selleck.

Away from the set, Madsen enjoys her Pilates, spinning workout classes, weight training and gardening. She currently resides with her son in Los Angeles. Her birthday September 11.