Heather Locklear: Snapshot

Heather Locklear
Date of Birth
September 25, 1961
Birth Place
Westwood, Calif.
Classic California blonde Heather Locklear became TV royalty with concurrent roles in the classic '80s primetime soap Dynasty and the cop show T.J. Hooker.

But Locklear cemented her fame on FOX's Melrose Place as calculating Amanda Woodward, and followed up with a similarly possessed turn as Michael J. Fox's (and then Charlie Sheen's) fellow politico on the sitcom Spin City.

Her rock-star oriented love life has long obsessed tabloid readers with failed marriages to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora. In June 2008, the golden TV goddess sought treatment for anxiety and depression before having multiple run-ins with the law.

On the mend, Locklear found love again with Melrose Place costar Jack Wagner, who proposed to the actress in August 2011 – only to call off their engagement a few months later.

Heather Locklear: Five Fun Facts

  1. It's hard to tell from her size 3 figure, but the junk-food-loving actress is a huge fan of Taco Bell and anything with hot sauce. "I could eat a shoe with hot sauce on it," Heather Locklear told In Style.
  2. Heather Locklear said her first lines of TV dialogue on an episode of CHIPs, where she played one of two teens kidnapped by a biker gang. The magic words? "Make them stop! Please make them stop!"
  3. When her daughter Ava was 2, Heather Locklear used to convince her to do things by imitating Disney character Goofy. "She'll be like, 'I don't want to change my diapers,' and I'll say [doing a Goofy voice], 'But Goofy really wants you to change your diapers,'" Locklear told In Style.
  4. After moving to New York to join Spin City, Heather Locklear thought she was in trouble when cops pulled up beside her in Central Park. They ended up giving her a ride home instead. "It might have had something to do with the fact that you're Heather Locklear," costar Michael J. Fox told the Los Angeles Times.
  5. "La Perla lingerie is my thing," Heather Locklear told In Style. "I have a tremendous amount of sexy bras and panties and they're gorgeous."

Heather Locklear: Biography


Heather Locklear

All-American Girl

Before graduating from California's Newbury Park High School in 1979, Locklear takes frequent trips to the mountains around Lake Arrowhead with her family. Her father Bill, an administrator at UCLA, and mother Diane, who works for Disney, take Locklear, her brother and two sisters water-skiing during the summer and to play in the snow during the winter.


Heather Locklear

December 02

Heather Joins a Dynasty

After auditioning with 450 actresses, Locklear wins the role of vixen Sammy Jo on the saucy primetime soap Dynasty. Originally signed for 12 episodes, she's released early, then re-signed when producers have a change of heart. She'll stay until the end of the show’s nine-season run in 1989.


Heather Locklear

May 13

Working Overtime

Unsure about her future on Dynasty, Locklear accepts the role of Officer Stacy Sheridan on primetime ABC cop drama T.J. Hooker, starring William Shatner. She ends up appearing on both shows simultaneously until Hooker ends in 1986. Although unconventional, the double employment is easy to pull off because both dramas are executive produced by Aaron Spelling and air on ABC.

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Edited by Julia Wang

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