Heather Locklear Biography

Heather Deen Locklear is a popular American actress, best known for her role as Amanda Woodward in the American soap opera ‘Melrose Place’. She has also appeared in other TV shows such as ‘Dynasty’, ‘T.J. Hooker’, and ‘Going Place’. Locklear has ventured into films as well, with notable appearances in movies like ‘The Perfect Man’. Despite facing controversy in 2008, she has continued to make a significant impact in the entertainment industry.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Heather Deen Locklear
  • Age: 62 Years, 62 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Richie Sambora (m. 1994–2007), Tommy Lee (m. 1986–1993)
    • Father: Bill Locklear
    • Mother: Diane Locklear
    • Children: Ava Elizabeth Sambora, Ava Sambora
  • Actresses
  • American Women
  • Height: 5’5″ (165 cm), 5’5″ Females
  • U.S. State: California
  • City: Los Angeles
  • More Facts
  • Education: University Of California, Los Angeles

Childhood & Early Life

Heather Locklear was born in Los Angeles, California, on 25 September 1961. Her father, William Locklear, worked at the University of California, while her mother Diane worked for the Walt Disney Company. She was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks.

After finishing her schooling, she entered the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1979, with plans to major in psychology. However, her busy schedule, including modeling jobs and work in TV commercials, didn’t allow her to focus on her studies. As a result, she dropped out after a year to pursue her acting career full-time.


Heather Locklear’s career began with small roles in episodes of TV shows such as ‘CHiPs’ and ‘Eight Is Enough’. She later got acquainted with Producer Aaron Spelling, who cast her in his shows ‘Dynasty’ and ‘T. J. Hooker’.

She made her film debut in 1984 in the sci-fi horror movie ‘Firestarter’, where she played the role of the mother of a young girl with pyrokinetic powers. Her next film was ‘The Return of Swamp King’, a 1989 sci-fi film in which she played a lead role.

In 1991, she appeared in ‘Dynasty: The Reunion’, a TV miniseries that continued the story of the 1980s’ TV series ‘Dynasty’. She also became a part of the cast of the American soap-opera ‘Melrose Place’ in 1993, which became a huge success and earned several Golden Globe Award nominations.

Throughout the 2000s, she made appearances in several TV shows such as ‘Scrubs’, ‘LAX’, ‘Hannah Montana’, ‘Rules of Engagement’, and ‘Franklin & Bash’. Her latest TV appearance was in 2017 in an episode of the American TV series ‘Fresh Off the Boat’. Her latest movies were ‘Flying By’ (2009) and ‘Scary Movie 5’ (2013).

Major Works

Heather Locklear’s role in ‘Melrose Place’, an American soap opera, can be regarded as the most significant work in her entire career. She appeared as Amanda Westwood, a typical boss of one of the residents in the complex. Another important work of hers was the TV series ‘Spin City’, where she played the role of a marketing campaigner named Caitlin.

Awards & Achievements

Heather Locklear’s role in ‘Melrose Place’ earned her the ‘First Americans in the Arts Award’ for Best Actress in 1994, along with four Golden Globe Award nominations. In 2004, she won the ‘TV Land Award’ for Favorite Teen Dream for the same. She also earned two Golden Globe Award nominations for her role in ‘Spin City’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Heather Locklear has been married twice, first to Tommy Lee (1986-1993), and then to Richie Sambora (1994-2007). She has a daughter named Ava Elizabeth Sambora with Sambora, who was born in 1997.

After her divorce with Sambora, she began dating Jack Wagner. They got engaged in August 2011, but it was called off in November the same year.

In 2008, Locklear was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. However, no alcohol or narcotics were detected in her blood test, and it was stated that her ability to drive was actually being affected by the medications she had taken for anxiety and depression.

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