Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 25, 1961. Her first notable role was in the 1980s American soap opera “Dynasty,” which aired on the C.B.S. network. Over the years, Locklear has starred in various T.V. shows, including “T.J. Hooker,” “Going Places,” and “Dynasty: The Reunion.” In 1993, Locklear began playing Amanda Woodward, her most notable role, in the television series “Melrose Place,” one of the most-watched television programs of the early 1990s. She received the First Americans in the Arts award for ‘Best Actress’ for her performance. Locklear has also appeared in numerous films, such as the romantic comedy “The Perfect Man.”

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Heather Deen Locklear

Birth date:

September 25, 1961



Zodiac Sign:



5' 5"

Relationship Status:

In a relationship

Net Worth:

$6 million

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Heather Deen Locklear was born to William Locklear, an administrator of the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), and Diane Tinsley, a production executive. After graduating from high school in 1979, she enrolled in U.C.L.A. to earn a degree in psychology. However, her hectic work schedule, which included modeling gigs and T.V. commercial work, prevented her from focusing on her education. She dropped out after a year to pursue an acting career full-time.

Locklear started with brief appearances in television programs, such as “CHiPs” and “Eight Is Enough.” She later met producer Aaron Spelling, who gave her roles on “Dynasty” and “T.J. Hooker.” In her film debut, she played the protagonist’s mother in 1984’s “Firestarter.” She then participated in the 1991 American miniseries “Dynasty: The Reunion,” a continuation of the original show. Her portrayal of Amanda Woodward in the soap opera “Melrose Place” was the most significant role of her career. For her performance, she earned two nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama and won once. Locklear also received another nomination for her participation in “Spin City,” an American television series that debuted on the A.B.C. Network, alongside Barry Bostwick and Michael J. Fox.

She was married to Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, with whom she shares joint custody of their daughter, Ava Elizabeth Sambora. Locklear reunited with her high school sweetheart Chris Heisser, and the two were engaged in 2020.

Career timeline

Locklear and Spelling Collaborate Again

She is cast in his soap opera, “Melrose Place.”

She Joins “Spin City”

Locklear joins the cast of “Spin City” in its fourth season.

Locklear’s Busy Years

She makes numerous television appearances in “Scrubs,” “LAX,” “Hannah Montana,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “Franklin & Bash.”

She Wins a T.V. Land Award

Locklear receives the T.V. Land Award for ‘Favorite Teen Dream Female.’

Why We Love Heather Locklear

  1. She found her true calling

    This may be difficult to believe, but Heather Locklear was rejected from the cheering team. Instead, she joined the theatrical club, where her real calling was waiting. Her story reminds us that when one door closes, another opens.

  2. She’s enjoying her life

    Locklear has taken a step back from acting to enjoy life. Although she’s not entirely out of the game, she’s dedicated some time to improving her personal life.

  3. She bounced back from addiction

    Locklear has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction through the years. Nevertheless, she’s managed to overcome her struggles and celebrate her third year of sobriety.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She’s been married twice

    Before marrying Richie Sambora, Heather Locklear was married to Tommy Lee, who was famously involved with Pamela Anderson.

  2. She left U.C.L.A.

    Locklear’s passion for acting prompted her to leave the university to pursue her dream.

  3. She’s a soap opera legend

    In 1990, she won a Soap Opera Digest Award for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress’ for her performance in “Dynasty.”

  4. She learned from William Shatner

    Shatner was one of her acting gurus.

  5. She may not marry again

    Although happily engaged to her high school love, Locklear and her beau don’t feel the need to rush to the altar.

Heather Locklear FAQs

What is Heather Locklear doing now?

After a five-year hiatus, Locklear will return to the small screen in the Lifetime biopic, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story.”

How long did Tommy Lee and Heather remain married?

After nearly eight years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1993. It was formalized in 1994.

Why was actress Heather Locklear jailed in 2008?

In 2008, Locklear was detained on accusations of driving under the influence. However, no alcohol or drugs were identified in her blood test. They found that her antianxiety and antidepressant medications affected her driving abilities.

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