Bio / Info
Heather Deen Locklear (born September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California) is an American actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. The naturally blonde-headed Locklear is probably best known for her roles as William Shatner's sexy, young partner and Richard Herd's daughter, Off. Stacy Sheridan, in the successful 1980s crime drama T.J. Hooker, as John Forsythe's and Linda Evans's no angelic, selfish niece, Sammy Jo Carrington, on the popular 1980s soap, Dynasty (a role she played from 1981 to its ending in 1989), as another bad girl, Amanda Woodward, on the popular 1990s soap opera Melrose Place (a role she played from 1993 until the show ended in 1999), and as Caitlin Moore on Spin City (a role she played from 1999 until the show ended in 2002). While attending the University of California, Los Angeles, Heather Locklear began modeling and working in commercials for the school store. In 1979, Locklear landed her first TV role in a TV movie and then on an episode of CHiPs a year later. She landed a few more bit parts in shows, including Eight Is Enough, before Aaron Spelling cast her in the role of Sammy Jo Dean in his new TV series Dynasty. Locklear proved a popular addition to the cast in the show's second season, in the fall of 1981. Spelling immediately cast her opposite William Shatner in the cop show T.J. Hooker. The show's 1982 premiere significantly enhanced Locklear's Hollywood career. Throughout the 1980s, she continued to work on these two shows, plus numerous television specials and films. In the 1990s (after a failed sitcom Going Places), Locklear played perhaps her best known part, the vixen Amanda Woodward on the series Melrose Place from 1993 to 1999. She was originally brought on as a guest star in an attempt to boost the ratings, and her billing in the credits reflected this. Despite eventually becoming a regular cast member, she continued to be listed as a "Special Guest Star" through the entire series. Locklear also won First Americans in the Arts: Best Actress in a TV series for her role on Melrose Place. After her run on the show, she was immediately on another TV sitcom, Spin City, opposite Michael J. Fox. She was similarly brought in as a successful ratings boost for this show. She was also one of the candidates for the lead role as single mother Susan Mayer on the popular dramedy series, Desperate Housewives, but had lost the role to Teri Hatcher, hence, Locklear starred in the airport drama LAX, which ran from 2004 to 2005. Locklear also served for 6 years as the spokesperson for the Health and Tennis Corporation of America.