Rachel Jacobs: Mormon Actress

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Rachel Jacobs Mormon Actress
Rachel Jacobs Mormon Actress

Rachel Elizabeth Jacobs Struhs is a former child actress known especially for her roles in Latter-day Saint movies The Mailbox (1977) and Uncle Ben (1978). Her uncle, David Jacobs was producer, director, and writer of both movies.

She had regular roles on the television series sitcom Growing Pains (1986–1989) and It’s Not Easy (1983). She had guest appearances on Family Ties, The Love Boat, and Diff'rent Strokes. She had major roles in the TV pilot Dear Teacher (1981) and the TV special How to Eat Like a Child (1980). She appeared in smaller roles in the Disney feature film The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) and the TV films 14 Going on 30 (1988), Who Will Love My Children? (1983) and Kid with the Broken Halo (1982). Rachel acted in many national commercials, as well as LDS “Homefront” series commercials.

She was born on September 26, 1970, in Rexburg, Idaho. Her family relocated to Southern California. Brothers Christian Jacobs and Parker Jacobs also became active in the entertainment industry.

She served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Chicago in 1991–1992. She married Jonathan Struhs in 1993 and they are the parents of four children.

Rachel is a great-granddaughter of LeGrand Richards, a former member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.