Heather Locklear is an American actress best known for her television roles as Stacy Sheridan in T.J. Hooker, as Sammy Jo Carrington in Dynasty, as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place and as Caitlin Moore on Spin City.
She reprised her role as Amanda Woodward in the 2009-2010 version of Melrose Place.
She is the daughter of Bill Locklear, the dean of the UCLA School of Engineering. She is the youngest of four children and a cousin of Donald Trump's second wife, Marla Maples.
She is of Scottish and Lumbee descent.
While attending the University of California, Los Angeles, Locklear began modeling and working in commercials for the school store. In 1979 she landed her first TV role in a TV movie and then appeared 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 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 lost the role to Teri Hatcher.
Locklear starred in the airport drama LAX, which ran from 2004 to 2005. She also served for six years as the spokesperson for the Health and Tennis Corporation of America.
Locklear has dated actors Tom Cruise and Scott Baio. Later she was married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, from May 1986 to August 1993.
After their divorce, she married Richie Sambora on December 17, 1994 in Paris. On October 4, 1997 she gave birth to their daughter, Ava Elizabeth.
Locklear's representative announced on February 2, 2006 that divorce papers had been filed to dissolve the couple's marriage. In further papers filed by Sambora, it was revealed that the couple has been separated since December 26, 2005, and that Sambora was seeking joint custody of Ava.
Heather and fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner confirmed their new romance at a charity golf event, showing up together and cuddling during the game.