Born: September 25, 1961
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Heather Deen Locklear (born September 25, 1961) is an American actress. Her first major television role was the part of Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty from 1981-89, which began her longtime collaboration with producer Aaron Spelling. She is also 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 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).
Locklear was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Diane, a production executive, and William Locklear, a UCLA administrator. Her father was a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.
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 semiregular appearances on Dynasty. After T.J. Hooker ended in 1986, 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 miniseries 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) and also starred in the short-lived sitcom Going Places.
In 1993, she began playing what was 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. She was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People twice, first in 1994, and again in 2001. 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 cancelled 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 25th on TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest TV Icons" list.
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 public relations firm, and is both mentor and tormentor to a young underling, Ella, played by Katie Cassidy. However, despite Locklear's appearances (along with various other original series regulars), the new show was not a ratings success and was cancelled after one season. In 2011, Locklear starred in the television movie He Loves Me on the Lifetime Channel.
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.
In 2016, Locklear appeared in the television movie The Game of Love which aired on UP on May 15, 2016. Later in 2016, it was revealed that Locklear would be guest-starring in a recurring role in Tyler Perry's drama, Too Close to Home on TLC.
Locklear was married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee from May 10, 1986, to 1993. After their divorce, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on December 17, 1994, in Paris. She gave birth to their only child, daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora, on October 4, 1997. Locklear filed for divorce from Sambora in February 2006. The following month Sambora filed for joint custody of their daughter and enforcement of a prenuptial agreement. Their divorce was finalized in April 2007. In the same month, Locklear began a relationship with fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner. In August 2011, Locklear and Wagner announced they were engaged. The couple called off their engagement by that November.
|1989||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Actress||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)|
|1980||CHiPs||Teenager||Episode: "Satan's Angels"|
|1981||Eight is Enough||Ingrid||Episode: "Yet Another Seven Days in February"|
|1981-1989||Dynasty||Sammy Jo 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"|
|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|
|2016-2017||Too Close to Home||The First Lady||Recurring role|
|2017||Fresh Off the Boat||Sarah||Episode: "The Gloves Are Off"|
|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|
|2013||Scary Movie 5||Barbara|
Heather Locklear supports the following charitable cause: Down Syndrome.