For children of the 80s, it's difficult to grasp how 30+ years could have passed since Heather Locklear showed up on the scene. Then again, such disbelief over the passage of time applies to just about everything from those days. Heather was one the cutest, most glamorous beauties ever to strut her luscious ass around in feathered hair. Very much the epitome of the stereotypical American hottie with her blonde hair, blue eyes and perfect body, she's been a phenomenon for 4 decades. Now in her 50s, Heather has had her ups and downs in recent years, yet still hangs on to most of the qualities that made her one of the top hotties of her day.
Heather was born in Westwood, CA in 1961 and raised amid the LA suburbs as a true valley girl. The daughter of an administrative assistant at Disney and a UCLA dean, Heather's early life was very much like the life most folks outside of California think everyone in that state enjoys. Though she never made it onto the cheer squad and failed to get into the two sororities she pledged to, the rest of Heather's youth was right out of a Beach Boys song. Enrolling at UCLA in the late 70s, Heather started out doing modelling work for her college student store catalogue. That led to more high profile modelling work for companies like Pepsi, for which she did her first TV appearances. Like many a model, she got bit by the acting bug and ditched college for the promise of an acting career. Her modelling experience parlayed nicely into acting work, starting out with small parts on many of the big TV shows in the late 70s and early 80s. Yet it wasn't until one of TV's most prolific producers discovered her that Heather found her true big break.
Powerhouse television producer Aaron Spelling first noticed Heather during the early 80s. Seeing something in Heather he knew would be huge, he cast her in the second season of his hit drama Dynasty in 1981. Her character Sammy Jo became a regular on the show from 1985 until the show's cancellation in 1989. Around the same time she was cast in Dynasty, Spelling also cast her in another of his many productions along side Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. Giving up his starship for a police cruiser in 1982's T.J. Hooker, Heather patrolled along side Shatner as the plucky, rookie officer Stacey Sheridan starting on that show's second season. Undoubtedly one of the hottest cops ever and one of the few not encumbered by any department hairstyle regs, she and her magnificent hair were sliding across hoods and busting bank robbers for 4 years until that show's cancellation in 1986.
Being the beauty that she is, it's no surprise that Heather was dating some big names pretty much off the bat. One of her first big time relationships was with Happy Days teen heartthrob Scott Baio in the early 80s. Shortly thereafter, around the time that T.J. Hooker retired from the force, Heather met and started dating notorious Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. The hot TV blonde and the crazy, drunk rocker somehow fit like a glove and in no time the two were married. Their relationship lasted until the early 90s, which was a pretty good run, considering that Tommy spent most of that time on a constant bender, with countless extramarital affairs no doubt ensuing in those notorious Crüe world tours.
After the cancellation of Dynasty, Heather's acting career dried up for awhile. While her torrid, rock star lifestyle with Lee no doubt presented several distractions during this down time, when that relationship ended, Heather got the itch to get back into TV. Thankfully, her old pal Aaron Spelling had himself a show in need of a cast member. This new show, Melrose Place, featured Heather in the antagonist role, something new for Heather, who had always played the cute or sweet young thing up until that time. Playing the bitch of the bunch proved little challenge for Heather, who remained the girl everyone loved to hate on the show throughout its run into the late 90s.
Shortly after starting her run on Melrose Place, Heather embarked on her second rock star relationship, this time with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. The two married in 1994, having one child together. After the end of Melrose Place, Heather moved on to perhaps her most acclaimed role alongside Michael J. Fox and later Charlie Sheen in the TV show Sin City. Coming in during the 4th season to help take on some of the burden from Fox, who had just announced his Parkinson's disease, her character remained a part of the show for 2 more seasons, earning her Golden Globe nominations for her performance. In 2007, Heather and Sambora divorced after 13 years of marriage. Heather then moved on to another relationship with her former Melrose Place co-star Jack Wagner. As her 50s neared and another dry period in her career left her stifled, Heather's life began to take a turn for the worse.
Facing a midlife crisis and troubled by rumors that she could no longer hack it as an actress, Heather's well being began to take a hit, eventually leading to some health and relationship troubles around 2008. Problems with drugs and alcohol, compounded with diagnoses of anxiety and depression, soon compromised her engagement to Wagner, leading to a violent break up in 2011 that took a toll on her already compromised health. Numerous rehab stints would follow, as well as hospitalizations and a very public DUI arrest, which was later reduced to a reckless driving charge. No doubt a tough time for Heather, yet one she seems to have weathered and remained determined to overcome. She's never been far away from television, even at her lowest points. Heather's also got a new role in the next SCARY MOVIE, playing the mom.
Such mom roles are another change of pace for Heather, similar to going from nice girl roles in the 80s to bitchy bosses in the 90s. Though unlike those career shifts, her perception as a mom character may have caused her some serious distress for a time. While the shift from younger roles to more seasoned characters takes some getting used to for someone used to being the hot, young thing, Heather has less to worry about than some others in her position. She's had the good sense to hang on to much of what made her so fantastic back in the day, making it certain that any mom she plays will be much like how Heather is in real life - namely the hottest MILF on the block.