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Also Known As: Heather Deen Locklear Died:
Born: September 25, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Westwood, California, USA Profession: actor

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An archetypical California blonde beauty, counter-balanced by a hint of danger, actress Heather Locklear became one of television's most bankable stars by appearing concurrently on not one, but two of producer-extraordinaire Aaron Spelling's most successful series. At the age of 20, Locklear burst onto the scene as one of the stars of Spelling's glitzy primetime soap opera "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89), even as she moonlighted on another Spelling production, "T.J. Hooker" (ABC 1982-85; CBS 1985-86). In 1993, she did her benefactor a return favor when she joined Spelling's then-floundering romantic melodrama "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99) as the Machiavellian ad-exec, Amanda Woodward. Nearly as titillating as her onscreen adventures was Locklear's much-scrutinized love life, which included at times tumultuous marriages to rock stars Tommy Lee from Motley Crüe, and Bon Jovi lead guitarist, Richie Sambora. Still in demand and enjoying a sizable fan base, the actress later came aboard another hit series, the Michael J. Fox sitcom "Spin City" (ABC, 1997-2002). Although Locklear did make occasional forays into feature film territory with such efforts as the romantic comedies "Uptown Girls" (2003) and "The...

An archetypical California blonde beauty, counter-balanced by a hint of danger, actress Heather Locklear became one of television's most bankable stars by appearing concurrently on not one, but two of producer-extraordinaire Aaron Spelling's most successful series. At the age of 20, Locklear burst onto the scene as one of the stars of Spelling's glitzy primetime soap opera "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89), even as she moonlighted on another Spelling production, "T.J. Hooker" (ABC 1982-85; CBS 1985-86). In 1993, she did her benefactor a return favor when she joined Spelling's then-floundering romantic melodrama "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99) as the Machiavellian ad-exec, Amanda Woodward. Nearly as titillating as her onscreen adventures was Locklear's much-scrutinized love life, which included at times tumultuous marriages to rock stars Tommy Lee from Motley Crüe, and Bon Jovi lead guitarist, Richie Sambora. Still in demand and enjoying a sizable fan base, the actress later came aboard another hit series, the Michael J. Fox sitcom "Spin City" (ABC, 1997-2002). Although Locklear did make occasional forays into feature film territory with such efforts as the romantic comedies "Uptown Girls" (2003) and "The Perfect Man" (2005), none provided her with anything approaching the phenomenal success she enjoyed for decades on television as America's favorite vixen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Scary Movie 5 (2013)
2.
 He Loves Me (2011)
3.
 Flying By (2009)
4.
5.
 Angels Fall (2007)
6.
 Perfect Man, The (2005) Jean Hamilton
7.
 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Dusty Tails
8.
 Uptown Girls (2003) Roma Schleine
9.
 Double Tap (1997) Katherine
10.
 Money Talks (1997) Grace Cipriani
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Milestones close milestones

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Began modeling while still in college
1979:
Landed first TV role on the British series "Tales of the Unexpected"
1980:
Had a one line speaking role on an episode of "CHiPs" (NBC)
1981:
Gave supporting performances in the TV-movies "Twirl" (NBC) and "Return of the Beverly Hillbillies" (CBS)
1981:
Joined the second season of Aaron Spelling's TV series "Dynasty" (ABC) in the role of troublemaker Sammy Jo Dean
1982:
Again collaborated with Spelling who cast her in the ABC cop show "T.J. Hooker" opposite William Shatner
1984:
Made feature film debut with a supporting role in Stephen King's "Firestarter"
1989:
Played the female lead in "The Return of Swamp Thing"
1990:
Cast on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Going Places"
1991:
Reprised role of Sammy Jo for "Dynasty: The Reunion" (ABC)
1992:
Appeared in the TV-movies "Highway Heartbreaker" (CBS) and "Body Language" (USA)
1993:
Made a cameo as herself in the popular sequel "Wayne's World 2"
1993:
Once again cast by Spelling on the Fox primetime soap "Melrose Place" as scheming vixen Amanda Woodward; originally brought in as a guest star to boost the ratings, but soon joined as a regular; also co-produced the final season
1995:
Appeared in the ABC miniseries "Texas Justice"
1996:
Made an uncredited silent cameo in the comedy "The First Wives Club"
1996:
Took on a dramatic role as a woman with multiple personality disorder in the NBC TV-movie "Shattered Mind"
1997:
Cast as Charlie Sheen's finace in Brett Ratner's buddy comedy "Money Talks"
1999:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Spin City" as Mayor Winston's (Barry Bostwick) campaign manager
2003:
Cast as Dakota Fanning's mother in "Uptown Girls"
2004:
Co-starred (also produced) on the short-lived airport drama "LAX" (NBC)
2005:
Played Hilary Duff's single mother in "The Perfect Man"
2008:
Played a divorced 40 year old who has a romance with a younger male surfer instructor (Robert Buckley) in the Lifetime movie "Flirting with Forty"
2009:
Reprised her role of Amanda Woodward on The CW's revival of "Melrose Place"
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Education

Newbury Park High school: Newbury Park , California -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Locklear served over six years as the spokesperson for the Health & Tennis Corporation of America.

She released a fitness home video entitled "Heather Locklear Presents Your Personal Workout".

In a 1992 promotional interview with the USA Network for the TV movie "Body Language", Locklear discusses the failure of "Going Places", and her soon-to-be doomed sitcom pilot, but foreshadows her future move to comedy on ABC's "Spin City": "I am really excited about doing a sitcom. Some people wonder, 'Heather Locklear--funny?' But my friends and family know me. Those who know me best have always thought I should do some comedy. My whole family thinks I'm kind of goofy."

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: "How do you feel when people call Amanda [Locklear's manipulative "Melrose Place" character] a bitch?

Heather Locklear: "I love it. As long as they don't call ME a bitch. Well, they can call me a bitch. As long as they don't throw acid on me."

--From the magazine's 1994 yea-end special issue

Locklear on California and acting: "I think living here, growing up here, having my parents and family here keeps my head above water and my feet on the ground. Can you believe this stuff actors do? Why do we put our feelings out there? Why do we do that? It's a very weird job, but it's also fun and the perks are great." --quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES TV insert, May 26-June 1, 1996

"Because I know myself, I'm always shocked that people believe that I'm like Amanda [her character on "Melrose Place"]. I just think 'Come on--I know you're smart people and a smart audience. I know you know there's a difference." --Heather Locklear quoted in NEW YORK VUE, the DAILY NEWS weekly television insert, May 26-June 1, 1996

Locklear on the slow approach she has taken towards a movie career: "I have such a TV stereotype following me that I don't think people really want to see me jump right from TV to being the main person in a movie. I think being on 'Melrose Place' and getting the opportunity to do some small roles in films is cool. Even the things you see the 'Friends' people doing now? There's nothing wrong with that, but for me, that's too big a leap. Maybe people will cut me some slack if I come up in little things." --quoted in MOVIELINE, October 1996

Locklear, wary of her film work ending up on the cutting room floor after her brief turn in "The First Wives Club" became even briefer, jokes about her strategy to salvage her scenes in "Money Talks": "I can guarantee you I won't be cut out of this movie because I'm going to stay so close to Charlie [Sheen, the film's star] in every single shot that they'd have to edit us both to cut me out." --quoted in MOVIELINE, October 1996

"I think there's an honesty to Heather that comes across on screen. That's what makes her a star--you can't help but feel that she's someone you know and trust, even when one of her characters is stabbing some poor louse in the back" --"Spin City" executive producer David Rosenthal to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, October 22, 1999

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Scott Baio. Actor. Dated in the 1970s.
husband:
Tommy Lee. Drummer of rock band Motley Crue. Married in 1985; divorced in 1992; later married and was divorced from actress Pamela Anderson.
husband:
Richie Sambora. Musician. Born on July 11, 1959; plays guitar for the rock band Bon Jovi; married in Paris on December 17, 1994.

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father:
Bill Locklear. Works in administration at UCLA.
mother:
Diane Locklear. Disney production executive.
sister:
Lori D Locklear. Born in 1956.
sister:
Colleen M Locklear. Born in January 1960.
daughter:
Ava Elizabeth Sambora. Born on October 4, 1997.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Heather: An Unabashed, Unauthorized Celebration of All Things Locklear" Citadel Press

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