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

Personal background[]

Herbst was born in Encino, California. Her parents are originally from Germany. She has an older sibling: Jennifer. Herbst's nickname is Becky, although her mom sometimes calls her Liberty. She married former General Hospital co-star Michael Saucedo (who played Juan Santiago) in June 2001. They have three children, Ethan Riley (b. October 31, 2001), Ella Bailey (b. April 12, 2004) and Emerson Truett (b. August 9, 2010).[1] She is not related to former General Hospital co-star Rick Hearst (who played Ric Lansing, Elizabeth Webber's ex-husband), whose birth name is Richard Charles Herbst.

Rebecca's childhood dream was to become a national figure skater, and she has skated with well-known skaters Michelle and Karen Kwan. At age 16, Rebecca decided to concentrate on acting because she did not like the competition aspect of figure-skating. Rebecca also has a passion for designing clothes. She has designed most of her Daytime Emmy dresses and dresses for co-stars Natalia Livingston and Kimberly McCullough.

Professional background[]

At the age of six, Herbst told her mother that she wanted to be on television so that she could play with the toys. She has appeared in over 60 national commercials, guest-starred in many television series, including Highway to Heaven, L.A. Law, Beverly Hills, 90210, Step By Step, and Days of our Lives. She was also featured in the Goo Goo Dolls 1995 music video "Naked". In 2007, Herbst appeared on Tyra Banks' talk show to help Tyra through "soap opera school."[2] Herbst became a spokeswoman for Purpose Skincare in 2007, Purpose just signed her to a second year partnership.

Acting achievements
  • Daytime Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Younger Actress (1999), Outstanding Supporting Actress (2007)
  • Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Younger Actress (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Soap Opera Digest Award Winner, Outstanding Younger Lead Actress (1999), and nominee in 2003.


Year Film Role Notes
1986 L.A. Law Jennifer Simmons (1 episode)
1987 Highway to Heaven Young Girl (1 episode)
1990 Why Me? Little Girl
Kaleidoscope Emily
1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brower Daughter (1 episode)
1994 Shrunken Heads Sally as Becky Herbst
1995 Step by Step Shelley (1 episode)
Boy Meets World Jill Hollinger (1 episode)
Donor Unknown Danielle Stillman aka Dangerous Heart
Sister, Sister Muffy (1 episode)
1996 Days of Our Lives Dana Winthrop (unknown episodes)
The Lazarus Man unknown (1 episode)
Space Cases Suzee (1996–1997, 15 episodes)
1997–present Brotherly Love Kristen (7 episodes)
General Hospital
General Hospital: Night Shift
Elizabeth Webber Role since: August 1, 1997
3 episodes, 2007
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Barbi Benton
  2. "Who, Where and Wow!". Soap Opera Weekly: p. 32. 2007-02-13.