Heather Locklear became one of America's best known faces, not only because she starred in two primetime series, "T.J. Hooker" and "Dynasty," but because she attained the coveted distinction of what is traditionally called a "cover girl."
Her face graces the covers of numerous national and international magazines and when she isn't in front of a movie camera she can generally be found in front of a still camera. She is that much in demand.
She co-starred as Stacy Sheridan, a young police rookie on "T.J. Hooker," during its second season as an hour-long contemporary action-adventure police drama series produced by Spelling/Goldberg Productions in association with Columbia Pictures Television.
Heather made her debut in 1981 as a series-regular on "Dynasty" as Sammy Jo Dean and continues in the role while she was on T.J. Hooker. "She's a bit of a scamp and great fun to play," says Heather. The embodiment of the "California girl" -- slender, blonde and tanned, Heather is a native of Los Angeles. She was born September 25 in the Southern California city where her father is currently the director of admissions for UCLA. Heather attended Newbury Park High School and took some drama classes while also participating in track and field competition.
"I did some acting in school productions but I never seriously thought of being an actress," she says. "I was more interested in sports."
Heather enrolled at UCLA with an eye to majoring in psychology, but her college friends encouraged her to take a course in commercial acting. "It was a small class and out of it I got my first agent and manager, Joan Green," she says. "A short time later I was in my first commercial for a hair rinse. Today when I look back it seems so easy, but I really had to muster up as much courage as I could to even go to that first class."
With some commercial experience under her belt, Heather began to get offers from episodic television. She has guested on "CHiPs," "240-Robert," "Tales of the Unexpected," and "The Fall Guy" on which it has become a tradition for her to guest on the final episode of each season. She was also featured in "The Beverly Hillbillies Special" and in the television movie, "Twirl," where she played an ambitious teenage baton twirler.
Heather keeps in shape with sports and dancing. She jogs, watches her diet and plays racquetball twice a week and once a week rides her bike from her home in West Los Angeles to the beach and back. She also loves to play softball on weekends with her younger sister's team.