Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear

Locklear at the 45th Emmy Awards in 1993
Born Heather Deen Locklear
(1961-09-25) September 25, 1961
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Children 1

Heather Deen Locklear (born September 25, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place (1993–99), for which she received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Her other notable television roles include Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty (1981–89), Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker (1982–86), and Caitlin Moore on Spin City (1999–2002), for which she earned a further two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland and a main role on the TNT drama-comedy television series Franklin & Bash in 2013.

Locklear's notable film roles include the science-fiction thriller Firestarter (1984), the action comedy Money Talks (1997), the live-action/animated comedy Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), and the romantic comedy The Perfect Man (2005).

Early life

Locklear was born in Los Angeles' Westwood District, the daughter of Diane (née Tinsley), a production executive for Disney, and William Robert Locklear, an administrator at UCLA. She was raised in Thousand Oaks, California (part of the Greater Los Angeles Area) and graduated from Newbury Park High School.[1][2] Locklear is the youngest of four children.[3] Locklear claims Native American ancestry (Lumbee tribe).[4][5][6]


Locklear attended UCLA, and pledged Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta, but was never initiated into either sorority. While at UCLA, she began modeling and working in commercials for the school store. She made her earliest screen appearances in the early 1980s with small roles in episodes of CHiPs, 240-Robert, and Eight Is Enough, before beginning a long-term collaboration with Aaron Spelling. Spelling cast her in the role of Sammy Jo Dean during the second season of his TV series Dynasty, and the following year he cast her in the cop show T.J. Hooker with William Shatner. Until the mid-1980s, Locklear appeared as a series regular on T.J. Hooker, while making semi-regular appearances on Dynasty. After leaving T.J. Hooker in 1985, she became a full-time cast member on Dynasty until its cancellation in 1989. In 1991, the cast of Dynasty (including Locklear) reconvened for the four-hour mini-series Dynasty: The Reunion.

Following Dynasty, Locklear had a starring role in the movie The Return of Swamp Thing (for which she won the satirical Razzie Award for Worst Actress[7]) and also starred in the short-lived sitcom Going Places.

In 1993, she began playing what would be another of her best known roles, that of Amanda Woodward on Aaron Spelling's drama series Melrose Place, which was a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. Spelling originally signed Locklear for a limited four-episode run, the first of which aired on January 27, 1993. Locklear became a full-time cast member (though she continued to be billed as "Special Guest Star" in the opening credits) until its cancellation in 1999. Throughout her career, Locklear has appeared in eight television productions made by Aaron Spelling, these being Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, Matt Houston, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, Melrose Place, and the made-for-TV movie Rich Men, Single Women.

Locklear was the guest host on Saturday Night Live on May 14, 1994. Two of her best-known skits included her as an elderly Jewish woman on Coffee Talk with Mike Myers, and her acting as Amanda Woodward in a Wayne's World skit with Myers, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and Phil Hartman, where Wayne has a dream that he is a character on Melrose Place. Locklear also made a cameo in Wayne's World 2 in 1993. In 1996, she appeared as the main guest on Muppets Tonight, performing in a muppet-style spoof of Melrose entitled "Muppet Heights". Locklear was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine on May 19, 1994, as Melrose Place reached the height of its popularity.[8] She was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People twice, first in 1994,[3] and again in 2001.[9] She was also the subject of a Lifetime Intimate Portrait special, and of an E! True Hollywood Story special.

After Melrose Place ended in 1999, Locklear was cast in the sitcom Spin City (initially opposite Michael J. Fox and later opposite Charlie Sheen). The series ended in 2002, but Locklear earned two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy. In 2002, Locklear had a brief recurring role on the sitcom Scrubs. In 2003, she starred in a pilot for her own comedy series, Once Around the Park, but this was unsuccessful. The same year, Locklear appeared in the theatrical film Uptown Girls. In 2004, Locklear made a guest appearance on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, which starred her former Spin City co-star Charlie Sheen. She then starred in the short-lived television drama series LAX set in the airport of the same name. She was also executive producer on the series, but it was canceled after 11 episodes. In 2005, Locklear appeared in the theatrical film The Perfect Man with Hilary Duff. The same year, she had a brief recurring role on the series Boston Legal, which starred her former T.J. Hooker co-star William Shatner. She was also featured in a Biography Channel special. In 2006, Locklear starred in another television pilot, Women of a Certain Age, but this was unsuccessful.

In 2007, Locklear made another pilot for ABC, See Jayne Run, about a business woman who juggles a career with single motherhood, but this was also unsuccessful. She guest-starred on the series Hannah Montana and in the sitcom Rules of Engagement, and was placed 25 on TV Guide & Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest TV Icons" list.[10]

In 2009, Locklear joined the cast of The CW's updated version of Melrose Place. Beginning on November 17, 2009, she reprised her role as Amanda Woodward and appeared in eight episodes. Ten years after the end of the original Melrose Place, Amanda Woodward is now a partner in a PR firm, and is both mentor and tormentor to a young underling, Ella, played by Katie Cassidy.[11] However, despite Locklear's appearances (along with various other original series regulars), the new show was not a ratings success and was canceled after one season.[12] In 2011, Locklear starred in the television movie He Loves Me on the Lifetime Channel.[13]

In 2012, Locklear began appearing in a recurring role on the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland. In 2013, she became a regular on the comedy-drama Franklin & Bash. In 2014, Locklear featured in a public service announcement titled "We Are, Sarah Jones" in memory of camera assistant Sarah Jones who was killed in an accident on the set of Midnight Rider on February 20, 2014.[14]

In 2016, Locklear appeared in the television movie The Game Of Love which aired on UP on May 15, 2016.[15][16] Later in 2016, it was reveled that Locklear what be guest-starring in a recurring role in Tyler Perry's drama, Too Close to Home on TLC.[17]

Personal life


Locklear with Richie Sambora in 1994

Locklear was married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee from May 10, 1986, to 1993.[18] After their divorce, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on December 17, 1994, in Paris.[19] She gave birth to their only child, daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora, on October 4, 1997.[20] As of 2010, Ava is modeling and plans to be an actress.[21] Locklear filed for divorce from Sambora in February 2006.[22] The following month Sambora filed for joint custody of their daughter and enforcement of a prenuptial agreement.[22] Their divorce was finalized in April 2007.[22] In the same month, Locklear began a relationship with fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner.[23] In August 2011, Locklear and Wagner announced they were engaged.[24] The couple called off their engagement on November 15, 2011.

Driving controversies

In September 2008, Locklear was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by a California Highway Patrol officer just outside Santa Barbara after she was seen driving erratically.[25] Police had been tipped off about Locklear's driving by Jill Ishkanian, a former reporter and editor at Us Weekly magazine, who saw Locklear outside a market in Montecito, California. Ishkanian photographed the incident and then sold the photos to celebrity news website TMZ.com for $27,500, though she claims it was entirely a chance meeting and denies following Locklear or setting her up in order to obtain photographs. Locklear was formally charged on November 17, 2008, with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.[26] A blood test detected no alcohol or illegal narcotics, but Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter stated that they believe the prescription medications she consumed for her anxiety and depression "could have impaired her ability to safely drive a motor vehicle".[27] On January 2, 2009, Locklear pleaded no contest to reckless driving, and in return the district attorney dismissed the DUI charges. Locklear was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a DMV driver safety class and a $700 fine.[28]

911 calls

In March 2008, a 9-1-1 call was made by someone who claimed to be Locklear's doctor and said that Locklear was trying to commit suicide.[29][30][31] Emergency responders were dispatched to Locklear's home. Her publicist later said that Locklear had never requested any medical assistance and the Ventura County Sheriff's Department later stated that no further action was taken once they arrived at Locklear's Westlake Village home, as she appeared to be fine. They did, however, state that they believed the call to be genuine. On June 24, 2008, she checked into a medical facility in Arizona for psychological issues including anxiety and depression, and requested an in-depth evaluation of her medication in order to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.[32] Her agent confirmed that she was suffering from anxiety and depression.[33] On July 23, 2008, Locklear returned home after four weeks of treatment at the facility.[34]

On January 12, 2012, Locklear's sister called 9-1-1 when she believed Locklear was in danger after reportedly taking prescription drugs and alcohol. Emergency personnel responded and Locklear was taken to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, but was reported to be out of danger the following day.[35]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1989 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actress[7] The Return of Swamp Thing Won
1994 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Melrose Place Nominated
1994 First Americans in the Arts Best Actress in a Television Series Melrose Place Won
1995 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Melrose Place Nominated
1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Melrose Place Nominated
1997 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Melrose Place Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Spin City Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Spin City Nominated
2004 TV Land Awards Favorite Teen Dream – Female Melrose Place Won (5th place)



Year Title Role Notes
1980 CHiPs Teenager Episode: "Satan's Angels"
1981 240-Robert Jean Episode: "Hostages"
1981 Eight is Enough Ingrid Episode: "Yet Another Seven Days in February"
1981 Twirl Cherie Sanders Movie
1981–1989 Dynasty Sammy Jo Dean-Carrington Recurring role (season 2–5); Main role (season 6–9); 127 episodes
1982 The Fall Guy June Edwards Episode: "Scavenger Hunt"
1982 Fantasy Island Lorraine Wentworth Episode: "Thank God, I'm a Country Girl"
1982 Matt Houston Cindy McNichol Episode: "Stop the Presses"
1982–1986 T.J. Hooker Officer Stacy Sheridan Main role (season 2–5), 84 episodes
1983 Tales of the Unexpected Pat Ward Episode: "Youth from Vienna"
1983 Hotel Miranda Harding Episode: "Choices"
1983 The Love Boat Patti Samuels Episode: "Youth Takes a Holiday/Don't Leave Home Without It/Prisoner of Love"
1983 The Fall Guy Paige Connally Episode: "Just a Small Circle of Friends"
1984 City Killer Andrea McKnight Movie
1988 Rock 'n' Roll Mom Darcy X Movie
1990 Jury Duty: The Comedy Rita Burwald Movie
1990 Rich Men, Single Women Tori Movie
1990–1991 Going Places Alexandra "Alex" Burton 19 episodes
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Sammy Jo Carrington Miniseries
1991 Her Wicked Ways Melody Shepherd Movie
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Lisa Clark (voice) Episode: "Prophecy of Doom"
1992 Body Language Betsy Movie
1992 Highway Heartbreaker Alex Movie
1992 Illusions Jan Sanderson Movie
1993–1999 Melrose Place Amanda Woodward Recurring role (season 1); Main role (season 2–7); 199 episodes
1993 Fade to Black Victoria Movie
1995 Texas Justice Priscilla Davis Movie
1996 Shattered Mind Suzy / Bonnie / Ginger / Victoria / D.J. Movie
1997 Muppets Tonight Herself Guest star
1999–2002 Spin City Caitlin Moore Main role (season 4–6), 71 episodes
2000 King of the Hill Peggy Donovan (voice) Episode: "Old Glory"
2002 Ally McBeal Nicole Naples Episode: "Tom Dooley"
2002 Scrubs Julie Keaton 2 episodes
2003 Once Around the Park Alex Wingfield Pilot
2004 Two and a Half Men Laura Lang Episode: "No Sniffing, No Wowing"
2004–2005 LAX Harley Random Main role, 11 episodes
2005 Boston Legal Kelly Nolan 2 episodes
2006 Women of a Certain Age Barb Pilot
2007 Angels Fall Reese Gilmore Movie
2007 Hannah Montana Heather Truscott Episode: "Lilly's Mom Has Got It Goin' On"
2007 Rules of Engagement Barbara 2 episodes
2007 See Jayne Run Jayne Doherty Pilot
2009–2010 Melrose Place Amanda Woodward Recurring role, 8 episodes
2011 He Loves Me Laura Movie
2012–2013 Hot in Cleveland Chloe Recurring role
2013 Franklin & Bash Rachel King Main role (season 3)
2016 The Game of Love Frankie Movie
2016 Too Close To Home The First Lady Recurring role


Year Title Role
1984 Firestarter Victoria 'Vicky' Tomlinson McGee
1989 The Return of Swamp Thing Abigail "Abby" Arcane
1991 The Big Slice Tanya
1993 Wayne's World 2 Herself (cameo)
1996 The First Wives Club Sharon (cameo)
1997 Double Tap Agent Katherine Hanson
1997 Money Talks Grace Cipriani
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Dusty Tails
2003 Uptown Girls Roma Schleine
2005 The Perfect Man Jean Hamilton
2006 Game of Life Irene
2008 Flirting with Forty Jackie Laurens
2009 Flying By Pamela
2013 Scary Movie 5 Barbara



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