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Heather Locklear (born Heather Deen Locklear on September 25, 1961 in Los Angeles, Californiamarker) is an Americanmarker actress best known for her television roles as "Amanda Woodward" on Melrose Place, "Sammy Jo Carrington" on Dynasty, "Officer Stacy Sheridan" on T. J. Hooker, and "Caitlin Moore" on Spin City.

Locklear won the First Americans in the Arts Award for Best Actress in a Television Series for her role on Melrose Place and was nominated for six Golden Globe Awards over the course of her career, four for Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her role on Melrose Place, and two for Best Actress in Television Series, Musical or Comedy for her role on Spin City. She also won the People's Choice Award for 'Favorite Television Series' for Melrose Place in 1993, along with her cast members.

Locklear graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine on May 19, 1994 during the height of Melrose Place, and was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People twice, in 1994 and 2001.


Early life

Locklear was born in Westwood, Los Angeles, Californiamarker, the daughter of William Robert Locklear and Diane (née Tinsley). She was raised in Thousand Oaks, Californiamarker and graduated from Newbury Park High School. Locklear is the youngest of four children. She is also of part Lumbee descent.


While attending the University of California, Los Angelesmarker, Locklear began modeling and working in commercials for the school store. In 1979, Locklear landed her first roles appearing in the British TV series Tales of the Unexpected, and an episode of CHiPs a year later. She landed a few more bit parts in shows, including Eight Is Enough.

Locklear auditioned and was cast for the role of Sammy Jo Dean during the first season of Dynasty with executive producer Aaron Spelling. However, after 13 episodes, the producers let her go from the show because they felt her character was no longer needed. Her character was written out of the show. Four months later, Locklear then got a call from the T.J. Hooker casting director, who cast her in the show with William Shatner. However, after viewers found out that the role of Sammy Jo was written out of the show, there was a backlash and letters poured in to ABC begging the character be written back onto the show. Aaron Spelling called Joan Green, Heather's agent, and asked her if Heather would like to return to 'Dynasty'. Locklear agreed and the actress achieved something never done by an actor or actress in the history of television before by being a simultaneous cast member in a lead role of two television series at the same time, with both airing in the same seasons. Locklear appeared as a full-time cast member of both T.J. Hooker and Dynasty until the series ended.

After Joan Collins and Heather Locklear became official cast members on Dynasty in the second season, the ratings rose to #19, and it eventually became the #1 most watched television show in the United Statesmarker from 1984-1985, remaining in the Nielsen top 10 for four years, and in the top 25 for six years. In 1993, Locklear starred in the three-hour mini-series Dynasty: The Reunion.

Locklear then went on to play a starring role in the movie Swamp Thing.

Locklear went on to play another of her best known roles, that of scheming vixen Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place. The series premiered on July 8, 1992 debuting at #19 on the Nielsen Ratings with a 10.3/19 share.. But after a few weeks, ratings dropped and it was on the verge of cancellation. Fox suggested to Aaron Spelling that the show needs a new character. Spelling signed Locklear in 1993 for a four episode run hoping that she could blaze a trail across the show and boost ratings. Locklear's first episode was on January 27, 1993. Ratings slowly increased after Locklear joined and media buzz builded for the show, and one year and a month after she joined the cast, Melrose Place was the No. 2 rated drama in the United States among 18-to 34-year-olds in February 1994 (People Magazine 'Melrose Place' Cover Story, February 21, 1994) , and by May of 1994, it reached No. 1, garnering even higher ratings than Beverly Hills, 90210, the series it was spinned off from. The series went on to last for seven years.

Locklear became a regular cast member from the second season onwards, but was billed as a "Special Guest Star" until the end of the series in 1999. Locklear also won a First Americans in the Arts award for Best Actress in a TV series and was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for her role on Melrose Place.

Locklear was the special guest host on Saturday Night Live on May 14, 1994, with musical guest Janet Jackson. Two of her most famous 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's a character on Melrose Place. Locklear also made a cameo in Wayne's World 2.

Locklear graced the cover of Rolling Stone on May 19, 1994 during the height of Melrose Place.

Locklear was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People twice, once in 1994 during Melrose Place, and the second time in 2001 during Spin City. She was also featured in a Lifetime Intimate Portrait special.

After Melrose Place ended in 1999, she was immediately cast on the TV sitcom Spin City (opposite Michael J. Fox and later Charlie Sheen) until 2002. Locklear's addition boosted the show's falling ratings. The role earned Locklear two more Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy.

In 2001, Locklear had a recurring role on Scrubs (while still starring on Spin City).

In 2003, Locklear starred in the movies Uptown Girls and 'Once Around the Park' and guest starred on Two and a Half Men.

In 2004, Locklear starred in the drama LAX. She also served as executive producer on the series. She also had a recurring role that year on Boston Legal with former T.J. Hooker co-star William Shatner.

In 2005, Locklear starred in the motion picture The Perfect Man with Hillary Duff.

In 2006, Locklear guest starred on Hannah Montana and in the movie 'Women of a Certain Age'.

In 2007, Locklear starred in Nora Roberts' Angels Fall and had a recurring role on the sitcom Rules of Engagement, and was featured in a Biography Channel special.

In 2008, she starred in the movie Flirting with Forty.

In 2009, Locklear starred in the films 'Flying By' and 'Oranges' and was featured in a VH1 special.

In September 2009, it was announced that Locklear will join the cast of The CW's Melrose Place. Locklear will reprise her iconic role, Amanda Woodward, beginning on November 17, 2009. Producers have said that she will appear in every forthcoming episode from then on. Amanda Woodward is now a partner in a publicity firm, and both mentor and tormentor to a young underling, Ella, played by Katie Cassidy.

Personal life

Prior to her marriages, Locklear was connected romantically with several Hollywood personalities including Scott Baio She was married for seven years to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee from May 1986 to August 1993. After their divorce, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on December 17, 1994 in Paris. On October 4, 1997 she gave birth to their daughter, Ava Elizabeth. Locklear filed for divorce from Sambora in February 2006. The following month Sambora filed for joint custody of Ava and enforcement of a prenuptial agreement. Their divorce was finalized in April 2007. After the divorce was filed, Sambora became romantically involved with Denise Richards. In April 2007, Locklear began a relationship with fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner.


Golden Globe Awards:
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for Melrose Place (1994)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for Melrose Place (1995)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for Melrose Place (1996)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for Melrose Place (1997)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for Spin City (2000)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for Spin City (2002)

People's Choice Awards:

First Americans in the Arts Awards:
  • Best Actress in a Television Series for Melrose Place (1994) (Won)

Soap Opera Digest Awards:
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress - Prime Time for Dynasty (1990)
  • Outstanding Actress/Actor in a Comic Relief Role on a Prime Time Serial for Dynasty (1986)

TV Land Awards:


Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies Catherine Supporting Role
1984 Firestarter Victoria 'Vicky' Tomlinson McGee Supporting Role
1989 The Return of Swamp Thing Abby Arcane Lead Role
1991 The Big Slice Tanya Supporting Role
1993 Wayne's World 2 Herself Cameo
1996 The First Wives Club Sharon Supporting Role
1997 Double Tap Kat Shaw Lead Role
2000 Money Talks Grace Cipriani Lead Role
2003 Looney Tunes Back in Action Dusty Tails Supporting Role
2004 Uptown Girls Roma Supporting Role
2005 The Perfect Man Jean Hamilton Lead Role
2007 Angels Fall Reece Lead Role

Television work



  8. Heather Locklear, Lifetime Intimate Portrait
  19. William Keck, "'Perfect' pals: Locklear and Duff", USA Today, June 15 2005, retrieved 14 June 2009
  20. Glenn Kenny, "The Seven-Year Hitch ", Entertainment Weekly, May 10, 1996, retrieved 14 June 2009
  21. "Heather Locklear Files for Divorce", People Magazine, February 02, 2006, retrieved 14 June 2009
  22. "Heather Locklear: Biography",, retrieved 14 June 2009
  23. Alexis Chiu, "Heather Locklear & Richie Sambora's Divorce Finalized, People Magazine, April 11, 2007, retrieved 14 June 2009
  24. "Denise Richards & Richie Sambora Hook Up",People Magazine, April 25, 2006, retrieved 14 June 2009
  25. "Heather Locklear & Jack Wagner: Heating Up", People Magazine, May 03, 2007, retrieved 14 June 2009

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