HEATHER LOCKLEAR Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Prior to Spin City, four-time Golden Globe nominee heather locklear spent seven seasons as the beautiful and scheming Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place. heather locklear starred in the Joel Silver/Richard Donner film, Double Tap, Money Talks, and the critically acclaimed telefilm Shattered Mind, in which heather locklear portrayed a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.


heather locklear began her acting career appearing in television commercials while attending UCLA, and has become one of the industry’s most sought-after actresses. heather locklear has longstanding ties to ABC, having starred in the miniseries Texas Justice in 1995, and had concurrent starring roles in the series Dynasty and T.J. Hooker in the 1980s. Her feature films include The First Wives Club and Wayne’s World 2, among others. The youngest of four children, Locklear grew up in Southern California and currently resides in Los Angeles with heather locklear husband, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and their daughter, Ava. Over the years heather locklear has lent heather locklear time and support to the American Suicide Foundation and many other worthwhile charitable organizations. heather locklear was born September 25, 1961, in Los Angeles, California.


The youngest of 4 sisters, heather locklear is the daughter of Bill, the Dean of the School of Engineering at UCLU (heather locklear ’s former school), and Diane, an administrative assistant at Disney. The blue-eyed blonde originally attended UCLA as a psychology major, when a casting director caught eye of the all-American beauty and encouraged heather locklear to take a commercial acting class.


By the end of heather locklear freshman year, heather locklear began to do guest TV spots, and decided to pursue acting full-time. heather locklear started out with guest-appearances on a slew of early ’80s television programs, such as Chips, Eight Is Enough and The Fall Guy, as well as with a role in Twirl. But it was heather locklear work for uber-television producer Aaron Spelling that launched the actress’ career. In 1982, Spelling cast heather locklear as Samantha Josephine Dean Carrington Fallmont, or “Sammi Jo,” in the long-running primetime soap, Dynasty.


In the 1980s, heather locklear also landed the role of Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker, but heather locklear 7-year role as Sammi Jo was considered heather locklear claim to fame. As for the big-screen, heather locklear landed a role in Firestarter, the horror film starring Drew Barrymore, as well as 1989’s The Return of the Swamp Thing.


heather locklear role as Abby Arcane garnered heather locklear a 1990 Razzie Award, for Worst Actress in a Film. heather locklear may have appeared in the made-for-TV movie, Rock ‘n’ Roll Mom in 1989, but heather locklear became a Rock ‘n’ Roll wife in 1985. heather locklear wed Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (pre-Pam), which rebelled against her wholesome image. The rock star wife was still appearing in television, with roles on made-for-TV movies Rich Men, Single Women, Lethal Charm, Dynasty: The Reunion, Highway Heartbreaker, and Illusions.


Aaron Spelling saw heather locklear ’s television star potential in the 1980s, and wanted her to improve the ratings of the primetime soap, Melrose Place. heather locklear thought heather locklear was too old to join the twentysomething cast of town house residents, but as blonde vixen Amanda Woodward, heather locklear was just what the show needed to boost its low ratings and add some spice to the plot. Amanda was the character audiences loved to hate, while heather locklear was the woman every woman wanted to hate, but couldn’t. It was clear that critics loved her, as heather locklear was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Drama for 4 consecutive years, for her work on Melrose Place.


While working as Amanda Woodward from 1993-1999, heather locklear guest-starred in the film Wayne’s World, as Wayne and Garth’s most schwingable babe; appeared in an uncredited role in The First Wives Club; and starred in Money Talks and Double Tap. Once Melrose Place’s successful run came to a close, heather locklear was invited to join the cast of the ABC sitcom, Spin City. The chemistry between Michael J. Fox and heather locklear made the show a hit, and as Caitlin Moore, heather locklear proved that once again, heather locklear was TV star material. heather locklear is now co-starring with her Money Talks co-star Charlie Sheen, after Fox’s departure from the show.


As for her married life, heather locklear and Tommy Lee got divorced in 1992, and in the tradition of falling for rock ‘n’ rollers, heather locklear married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora (post-Cher) in Paris, in 1994. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Ava Elizabeth, into the world in 1997.