Heather Deen Locklear is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, for which she received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. She is also known for her role as Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty from 1981 to 1989, her first major television role, which began a longtime collaboration with producer Aaron Spelling. Take a look below for 28 more fun and fascinating facts about Heather Locklear.
1. Locklear was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Diane, a production executive, and Bill Locklear, a UCLA administrator and former colonel in the United States Marine Corps.
2. Locklear attended UCLA, and pledged Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta, but was never initiated into either sorority.
3. While at UCLA, she began modeling and working in commercials for the school store.
4. She made her earliest screen appearances in the early 1980s with small roles in episodes of CHiPs, 240-Robert, and Eight Is Enough, before beginning a long-term collaboration with Aaron Spelling.
5. Spelling cast her in the role of Sammy Jo Dean during season 2 of his TV series Dynasty, and the following year, he cast her in the cop show T.J. Hooker with William Shatner.
6. Until the mid-1980s, Locklear appeared as a series regular on T.J. Hooker, while making semi-regular appearances on Dynasty.
7. After T.J. Hooker ended in 1986, she became a full-time cast member on Dynasty until its cancellation in 1989.
8. Following Dynasty, Locklear had a starring role in the movie The Return of Swamp Thing (for which she won the satirical Razzie Award for Worst Actress); she also starred in the short-lived sitcom Going Places.
9. In 1993, she began playing another of her best-known roles, Amanda Woodward on Aaron Spelling’s drama series Melrose Place, which was a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210.
10. Locklear was the guest host on Saturday Night Live on May 14, 1994. Two of her best-known skits included her as an elderly Jewish woman on Coffee Talk with Mike Myers, and her acting as Amanda Woodward in a Wayne’s World skit with Myers, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and Phil Hartman, wherein Wayne has a dream that he is a character on Melrose Place.
11. Locklear was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine on May 19, 1994, as Melrose Place reached the height of its popularity.
12. She was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People twice, first in 1994, and again in 2001.
13. After Melrose Place ended in 1999, Locklear was cast in the sitcom Spin City (initially opposite Michael J. Fox and later opposite Charlie Sheen). The series ended in 2002, but Locklear earned two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy.
14. In 2002, Locklear had a brief recurring role on the sitcom Scrubs.
15. In 2003, she starred in a pilot for her own comedy series, Once Around the Park, but this was unsuccessful.
16. In 2007, Locklear made another pilot for ABC, See Jayne Run, about a business woman who juggles a career with single motherhood, but this was also unsuccessful.
17. Locklear was married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee from May 10, 1986, to 1993. After their divorce, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, on December 17, 1994, in Paris.
18. She gave birth to their only child, daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora, on October 4, 1997.
19. Locklear filed for divorce from Sambora in February 2006. The following month Sambora filed for joint custody of their daughter and enforcement of a prenuptial agreement. Their divorce was finalized in April 2007.
20. In the same month, Locklear began a relationship with fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner.
21. In August 2011, Locklear and Wagner announced they were engaged. The couple called off their engagement by that November.
22. In March 2008, a 9-1-1 call was made by someone who claimed to be Locklear’s doctor, who said that Locklear was trying to commit suicide. Emergency responders were dispatched to Locklear’s home.
23. Her publicist later said that Locklear had never requested any medical assistance, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department later stated that no further action was taken once they arrived at Locklear’s Westlake Village home, as she appeared to be fine. They did, however, state that they believed the call was genuine.
24. On June 24, 2008, Locklear checked into a medical facility in Arizona for psychological ailments including anxiety and depression, and requested an in-depth evaluation of her medication to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
25. In September 2008, Locklear was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, just outside Santa Barbara after she was seen driving erratically. Police had been tipped off about Locklear’s driving by Jill Ishkanian, a former reporter and editor at Us Weekly magazine, who saw Locklear outside a market in Montecito, California.
26. On January 12, 2012, Locklear’s sister called 9-1-1 when she believed Locklear was in danger after reportedly taking prescription drugs and alcohol. Emergency personnel responded, and Locklear was taken to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, but was reported to be out of danger the following day.
27. In February 2018, Locklear was arrested for domestic violence and battery against a police officer. She was charged with one felony count of domestic violence and three misdemeanor counts of battery on a police officer.
28. On June 25, 2018, after being released on bail for charges of battery, Locklear was hospitalized in a suspected case of overdose.