Dubbed “The Queen of Mean” for playing the role of some of the most prominent villains on popular TV drama series in the 1980s and 1990s, Heather Locklear was named “Republican Babe of the Week” which is a distinction that is shared by no less than former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and notable Hollywood celebrities like Shannen Doherty, Bo Derek and Patricia Heaton.
Born as Heather Deen Locklear on 25 September 1961 in Los Angeles, California, Heather Locklear grew up in the LA suburb of Thousand Oaks and graduated from the Newbury Park High School. In 1979, she enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles and took up a course in psychology and at the same time began random work as a model in commercials for the university store. Pretty soon, her occasional modeling job on campus turned into a regular TV commercial work for major companies such as Polaroid and Pepsi that compelled her to drop out of UCLA to pursue an acting career.
In 1980, Heather Locklear made her first screen appearance when she got small roles in episodes of “ChiPs” and guest starred in “Eight is Enough,” “240-Robert” and “Twirl.” The following year, she got her big break when Aaron Spelling cast her to portray the role of the conniving Sammy Jo Carrington during the second season of the popular primetime soap opera “Dynasty,” which starred veteran actors John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins. This break would prove to be the start of a string of projects with Spelling who cast her the following year in “T.J. Hooker” while appearing on “Dynasty” making Heather the sole actress at that time who regularly appears in two popular prime time TV series.
After the “Dynasty” and “T.J. Hooker” series ended, Spelling cast Heather Locklear in yet another of her best known role—that of Amanda Woodward, a scheming vixen of a woman in the TV drama series “ Melrose Place,” a spin-off from the highly rated “Beverly Hills, 90210” but which rated low during its initial airing in January of 1993. The inclusion of Heather in the cast jump started the series and by mid-1994, “Melrose Place” was one of the most highly rated TV drama series in the country—even surpassing at times the popularity rating of “Beverly Hills, 90210” until its cancellation seven years later. Throughout her acting career, Heather starred or guest-starred in seven TV series produced by Spelling such as “Dynasty,” “Melrose Place,” “T.J. Hooker,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Matt Houston” and “Hotel.”
The persevering Heather Locklear also appeared in several big screen and TV movies proving her mettle in comedy when she co-starred with Michael J. Fox and Charlie Sheen in the sitcom “Spin City,” whose ratings soared with her inclusion in the cast. In 2005, Heather received accolades for her guest appearance as a man-eating widow in “Boston Legal.” Setting her sights beyond the boob tube, she starred in “Uptown Girls” in 2003 and “Perfect Man” in 2005” and served as spokesperson for a national chain of health clubs.