Heather Thomas

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Heather Thomas
Heather Thomas.jpg
Thomas in May 2008
BornHeather Anne Thomas
(1957-09-08) September 8, 1957 (age 57)[1]
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActress, screenwriter, author
Years active1978–1998
  • Allen Rosenthal (1985–86)
  • Skip Brittenham (1992–present)
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Heather Thomas
Heather Thomas.jpg
Thomas in May 2008
BornHeather Anne Thomas
(1957-09-08) September 8, 1957 (age 57)[1]
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActress, screenwriter, author
Years active1978–1998
  • Allen Rosenthal (1985–86)
  • Skip Brittenham (1992–present)

Heather Anne Thomas (born September 8, 1957[1]) is an American actress, screenwriter, author and political activist, who co-starred as Jody Banks on the TV series The Fall Guy.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, to Gladdy Lou Ryder, a special education teacher in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. She graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1975 and went on to attend UCLA Film School, graduating in 1980. While at UCLA, she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority.


Thomas started acting at age 14, when she was one of the hosts of a series on NBC called Talking with a Giant, where she interviewed celebrities.[2] In 1978 she began acting in small television roles; she appeared in the series Co-Ed Fever, of which she later said "It was canceled after the third commercial."[3] She played the role of "Jody Banks" in Lee Majors' The Fall Guy television series from 1981 to 1986, when the show was canceled. She entered rehabilitation for cocaine addiction in 1984.[2] She appeared in several movies but quit acting in 1998. Thomas appeared on numerous pin-up posters during the 1980s.

Following her acting career, Thomas wrote a screenplay called School Slut and sold it to Touchstone Pictures for a figure reported as "mid-six-figure".[4] Touchstone did not make the film, however, and Thomas acquired the rights to produce it herself.[2]

In April 2008, Thomas' first novel, Trophies, was published by William Morrow.

Personal life[edit]

She married Allen Rosenthal, one of the founders of Cocaine Anonymous, in August 1985;[5] they divorced around September 1986.[6] Thomas then married entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham in October 1992. Their daughter India Rose was born on June 19, 2000. Thomas and her husband host a monthly fund-raising breakfast gathering at their home in Santa Monica, California for progressive causes, which has become known in Washington as the "L.A. Cafe".[7][8] According to newsmeat.com, Thomas contributed over US$280,000 to political candidates since 1992, mostly to Democratic and special-interest groups, with $2,400 towards supporting Republican Mary Bono.[citation needed]

In 1986, she was hit by a car while crossing San Vincente Boulevard and suffered fractures to both legs.[9]


1982Zapped!Jane Mitchell
1987CycloneTeri Marshall
Kiss of the CobraMerryl DavisAlternative titles: Death Stone
Der Stein des Todes
1990Red Blooded American GirlPaula Bukowsky
1993Hidden ObsessionEllen Carlyle
1997Against the LawFelicity
1998My GiantShowgirl
1978David Cassidy: Man Under CoverCaryl Manning1 episode
1979Co-ed FeverSandi1 episode
California FeverJoanne1 episode
1980B. J. and the BearCaroline Capote1 episode
The Misadventures of Sheriff LoboCaroline Capote1 episode
1981–1986The Fall GuyJody Banks111 episodes
1983The Love BoatSheila2 episodes
1984T.J. HookerSandy1 episode
Cover UpAmber1 episode
1987The New Mike HammerAndrea1 episode
Ford: The Man and the MachineEvangeline CoteTelevision movie
Nominated: Gemini Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress
Hoover vs. The Kennedys : The Second Civil WarMarilyn MonroeTelevision movie
1988The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal MissionLt. Carol CampbellTelevision movie
1989Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's PlaceJoan EmeryTelevision movie
1990FlairTessa ClarkeMiniseries
1991P.S. I Luv UMary Markham1 episode
1992Swamp ThingTatania1 episode
1995PointmanLynn Forbes1 episode


  1. ^ a b "Today in History – September 8". Bay Ledger News Zone. Associated Press. September 7, 2007. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Serena Kappes (January 28, 2003). "Former TV sex symbol Heather Thomas is a screenwriter, activist, mom". CNN. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ Peter Meade (February 26, 1984). "Heather Thomas is a busy body". Sunday Star-News. Wilmington, NC. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ Dan Snierson (July 25, 1997). "School's In". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Roped Together". Gainesville Sun. August 4, 1985. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ Marilyn Beck (September 19, 1986). "Hoffman Plans Comedy". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ Tina Daunt (April 18, 2009). "Heather Thomas' salon a top breakfast stop". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  8. ^ Joel Stein (July 23, 2009). "Activism, Hollywood-Style". Time. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Heather Thomas has surgery on leg after being hit by car". The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). September 18, 1986. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 

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