Heather Locklear

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Heather Locklear
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Locklear at the 45th Emmy Awards in 1993
BornHeather Deen Locklear
(1961-09-25) September 25, 1961 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materUCLA
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Tommy Lee (1986–1993)
Richie Sambora (1994–2007)
Children1
 
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Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear cropped.jpg
Locklear at the 45th Emmy Awards in 1993
BornHeather Deen Locklear
(1961-09-25) September 25, 1961 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materUCLA
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Tommy Lee (1986–1993)
Richie Sambora (1994–2007)
Children1


Heather Deen Locklear (born September 25, 1961) is an American actress, known for her television roles as Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty, Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker, Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place and Caitlin Moore on Spin City. She had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland and has a main role on the TNT drama-comedy television series Franklin & Bash as of 2013.

Youth[edit]

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]

Career[edit]

Locklear attended the University of California, Los Angeles (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. She was a full-time cast member on Dynasty from 1985 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[4]) 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.[5] She was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People twice, first in 1994,[3] and again in 2001.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] In 2011, Locklear starred in the television movie He Loves Me on the Lifetime Channel.[10]

In 2012, Locklear began appearing in a recurring role on the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland. In 2013, Locklear signs to appear on the third season of Franklin & Bash. In 2014, the actress features in a PSA titled "We Are, Sarah Jones" in memory of camera assistant Sarah Jones, killed on the set of Midnight Rider on February 20, 2014.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Relationships[edit]

Locklear with Richie Sambora in 1994

Locklear was romantically linked to several Hollywood personalities including Scott Baio.[12] She was married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee from May 10, 1986, to 1993.[13] After their divorce, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on December 17, 1994, in Paris.[14] She gave birth to their only child, daughter Ava Elizabeth, in 1997.[15] As of 2010, Ava is modeling and plans to be an actress.[16] Locklear filed for divorce from Sambora in February 2006.[17] The following month Sambora filed for joint custody of their daughter and enforcement of a prenuptial agreement.[17] Their divorce was finalized in April 2007.[17] In the same month, Locklear began a relationship with fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner.[18] In August 2011, Locklear and Wagner announced they were engaged.[19] Locklear's publicist announced that the engagement was called off in November 2011.[20]

Driving controversies[edit]

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.[21] 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.[22] 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".[23] 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.[24]

On April 21, 2010, Locklear was arrested on suspicion of hit and run, when a no-parking sign was wrecked at 4 a.m. and vehicle debris was found. Police discovered that her car, parked in her garage, showed apparently matching damage. Her lawyer confirmed that Locklear had been cited for a traffic misdemeanor as the vehicle's owner, but said it was not clear who was driving at the time of the accident.[25][26] On May 26, 2010, the Ventura County District Attorney announced that no criminal charges will be filed because there was “insufficient evidence” to determine who was driving the car at the time of the collision.[27][28]

911 calls[edit]

In March 2008, a 911 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 911 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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
1984FirestarterVictoria 'Vicky' Tomlinson McGee
1989The Return of Swamp ThingAbigail "Abby" Arcane
1991The Big SliceTanya
1993Wayne's World 2Herself (cameo)
1996The First Wives ClubSharon (cameo)
1997Double TapAgent Katherine Hanson
Money TalksGrace Cipriani
2003Looney Tunes Back in ActionDusty Tails
Uptown GirlsRoma Schleine
2005The Perfect ManJean Hamilton
2006OrangesIrene
2008Flirting with FortyJackie Laurens
2009Flying ByPamela
2013Scary Movie 5Barbara

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980CHiPsTeenagerEpisode: "Satan's Angels"
1981240-RobertJeanEpisode: "Hostages"
Eight is EnoughIngridEpisode: "Yet Another Seven Days in February"
The Return of the Beverly HillbilliesHeather (uncredited)Movie
TwirlCherie SandersMovie
1981–89DynastySammy Jo Dean-Carrington127 episodes
1982The Fall GuyJune EdwardsEpisode: "Scavenger Hunt"
Fantasy IslandLorraine WentworthEpisode: "Thank God, I'm a Country Girl "
Matt HoustonCindy McNicholEpisode: "Stop the Presses"
1982–86T.J. HookerOfficer Stacy Sheridan85 episodes
1983Tales of the UnexpectedPat WardEpisode: "Youth from Vienna"
HotelMiranda HardingEpisode: "Choices"
The Love BoatPatti Samuels
The Fall GuyPaige ConnallyEpisode: "Just a Small Circle of Friends"
1984City KillerAndrea McKnightMovie
1988Rock 'n' Roll MomDarcy XMovie
1990Jury Duty: The ComedyRita BurwaldMovie
Rich Men, Single WomenToriMovie
1990–91Going PlacesAlexandra "Alex Burton19 episodes
1991Dynasty: The ReunionSammy Jo CarringtonMovie
Her Wicked WaysMelody ShepardMovie
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesLisa Clark (voice)Episode: "Prophecy of Doom"
Body LanguageBetsyMovie
Highway HeartbreakerAlexMovie
IllusionsJan SandersonMovie
1993–99Melrose PlaceAmanda Woodward199 episodes
1993Fade to BlackVictoriaMovie
1995Texas JusticePriscilla DavisMovie
1996Shattered MindSuzy / Bonnie / Ginger / Victoria / D.J.Movie
1997Muppets TonightHerselfGuest star
1999–
2002
Spin CityCaitlin Moore71 episodes
2000King of the HillPeggy Donovan (voice)Episode: "Old Glory"
2002Ally McBealNicole NaplesEpisode: "Tom Dooley"
ScrubsJulie Keaton2 episodes
2003Once Around the ParkAlex WingfieldPilot
2004Two and a Half MenLaura LangEpisode: "No Sniffing, No Wowing"
2004–05LAXHarley Random11 episodes
2005Boston LegalKelly Nolan2 episodes
2006Women of a Certain AgeBarbPilot
2007Angels FallReese GilmoreMovie
Hannah MontanaHeather TruscottEpisode: "Lilly's Mom Has Got It Goin' On"
Rules of EngagementBarbara2 episodes
See Jayne RunJayne DohertyPilot
2009–10Melrose Place (2009)Amanda Woodward8 episodes
2011He Loves MeLauraMovie
2012–13Hot in ClevelandChloeRecurring role
2013Franklin & BashRachel KingMain role

Producer[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
1994Drama for Melrose PlaceGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television SeriesNominated
1995Drama for Melrose PlaceGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television SeriesNominated
1996Drama for Melrose PlaceGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television SeriesNominated
1997Drama for Melrose PlaceGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television SeriesNominated
2000Spin CityGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or ComedyNominated
2002Spin CityGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or ComedyNominated
1994Melrose PlaceFirst Americans in the Arts AwardsBest Actress in a Television SeriesWon
2004Melrose PlaceTV Land AwardsFavorite Teen Dream – FemaleWon (5th place)
1989The Return of Swamp ThingGolden Raspberry "Razzie" AwardsWorst ActressWon

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