Heather Deen Locklear was born September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California. Heather is the daughter of Bill and Diane Locklear. She is the youngest of four children. She has two sisters, Laurie and Colleen, and a brother, Mark. Her father was a dean of the School of Engineering at UCLA. Heather attended UCLA until she quit to pursue acting. She has Lumbee Native American roots on her father's side (her surname being quite common among the Lumbee), but her ancestry is mostly Scottish.
While attending UCLA, Heather Locklear began modeling and working in commercials for the school store. In 1979, Locklear landed her first TV role in a TV movie and then on an episode of "CHiPs" a year later. She landed a few more bit parts in shows like "Eight s Enough" and "The Fall Guy", before Aaron Spelling cast her in his new TV series "Dynasty". When the series premiered in 1981, Locklear was a hit.
Spelling immediately cast her opposite William Shatner in the cop show "T.J. Hooker". The show's 1982 premiere sent Locklear into the Hollywood stratosphere. Throughout the 1980's she continued to work on these two shows and in numerous movies and television specials.
In the 1990's, after a shortlived comedy sitcom "Going Places", Locklear won the role that is probably her best known: the vixen Amanda Woodward on the series "Melrose Place" from 1993 to 1999. She was originally brought on as a special guest star in an attempt to boost the ratings, and her billing in the credits reflected this. 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 hit TV sitcom, "Spin City", opposite Michael J. Fox. She was similarly brought in as a successful ratings boost for this show. Locklear also served for 6 years as the spokesperson for the Health and Tennis Corporation of America. Locklear starred in the Airport drama "LAX", which ran from 2004 to 2005.
Heather was married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee from 1986 - 1993. After Lee and Locklear's divorce, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on December 17, 1994 in Paris . On October 4, 1997 she gave birth to her first child 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 Richie Sambora, it has been revealed that the couple has been separated since December 26, 2005 and that Richie will be seeking joint custody of Ava.