From Commercials to Golden Globes: Heather Locklear’s Rise To Stardom

Published on 08/02/2019
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While attending UCLA, Heather Locklear began modeling and appearing in commercials. Such humble beginnings considering she’s now a Golden Globe nominated actress! Since as early as the 80’s, Locklear has been gracing the big screen in film and television. Despite failed romances, dealings with the law, and serious health concerns – Locklear has pushed forward. At 56, Locklear’s story is far from over.

Paying the Price

Considering that Heather Locklear got her start as an actress straight out of college, she’s been blessed in terms of her career. With six Golden Globe Award nominations to her name, Locklear is Hollywood royalty. However with that being said, she’s had her fair share of bumps in the road.

Paying The Price

Calling It Quits

Heather Locklear has lived life under the microscope and especially from the media’s lens, however that’s not one of her biggest problems. In 1994, she married husband number two, Richie Sambora, the guitarist for Bon Jovi. For about 12 years, the couple enjoyed a happy, full relationship. However by February 2006, Locklear filed for divorce which was finalized in April 2007. Reportedly Sambora was completely blindsided by the divorce so why did she file the papers?

Calling It Quits

Calling It Quits

Devastating Photos

Most were surprised by Locklear’s decision as the duo had lead such a wonderful life together. With no sign of marital issues to the public eye, Locklear’s decision was sadly fueled by incriminating photos. She discovered an email which was sent to Sambora from a mutual friend of theirs – the photos in the email were completely inappropriate for a single friend to be sending to a married man. When confronted with the evidence, Sambora denied any wrong doing and Locklear filed for divorce the next day. At the time, an undisclosed source spoke to People magazine and said, “She’s devastated. Absolutely devastated.”

Devastating Photos

Devastating Photos

Heather Locklear Has A Type

As most of us know, Richie Sambora was not the first rock star that Locklear deeply loved. In the mid 90’s, Locklear was introduced to Sambora through a mutual friend not long after her divorce from Mötley Crüe drummer, Tommy Lee. At the start of their relationship, times were tough as they lived on opposites end of the country. Long distance is a strain on any relationship!

A Type

Heather Locklear Has A Type

Last To Know

Rumor has it that Heather Locklear didn’t even call Richie Sambora to inform him she was filing for divorce. A discussion between these two didn’t even take place. Furthermore just before Sambora went on stage to perform, a reporter asked him about the divorce. People magazine said, “Richie told one friend that if his marriage was on the rocks, it looked like he was the last to know.” Sambora only found out about the divorce because of the reporter, not his own soon to be ex-wife.

Last To Know

Last To Know

Ava

Setting aside the “inappropriate e-mail”, the rumor mill was churning big time over a different reason for the split. On October 4, 1997, Sambora and Locklear welcomed their only daughter, Ava Elizabeth Sambora. Reportedly a few of Sambora’s friends claim he wanted more children but that Locklear was unwilling. Apparently this caused a huge riff between the couple.

Ava

Ava

A Quiet Life

If you look at Locklear’s love life, it’s clear to see that she has a thing for rock stars – as she was married to two well known stars. However the rock star lifestyle is a bit chaotic. Or so we’re lead to believe. Now Sambora was a total “animal” before meeting Locklear, but he changed his ways. After Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora said “I Do!”, he settled into average life quite well. Not everyone can say the same.

A Quiet Life

A Quiet Life

Rockstar Love

As we’ve already said, Locklear was married to two rock musicians – and man, were they total opposites. Sambora enjoyed a simple life with his wife and daughter, however Tommy Lee wasn’t the same. When Locklear met Tommy Lee for the first time, it was backstage at a concert. In fact, Locklear even said, “Tommy doesn’t worship the devil, he worships me.” While Locklear believed she’d only marry once with Tommy, their relationship was far from easy.

Rockstar Love

Rockstar Love

The Bad Boy

Now here’s a fun fact. Before Heather Locklear agreed to go out on a date with Tommy Lee, he needed to work to win her over. Apparently Lee phoned Heather’s manager numerous times just to in touch with her. Lee said, “I had called like a million times. I wanted to send her flowers or invite her to something…anything just to talk to her.” Well it worked eventually!

The Bad Boy

The Bad Boy

Take The Lead

Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Heather Locklear starred in a string of successful films and shows. Such as Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, Melrose Place, and Spin City. During this time, Locklear had quite a few dates with Hollywood’s leading men – like Scott Baio, Tom Cruise, and Mark Harmon. Although Harmon didn’t have anything nice to say about Locklear, as he referred to her as “an emotional cup of coffee.”

Take The Lead

Take The Lead

What A Pair

When Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear began publicly dating, shock is the key word here. Surely Locklear was the “girl next door” while Lee was long-haired rock star with a wild streak. An unlikely match is an understatement here. Although Locklear did alter her appearance a bit more by going with a rocker hairstyle and chic clothes. Keeping up with Lee’s wild lifestyle was much tougher though.

What A Pair

What A Pair

First Date

Let’s roll back a minute though, Locklear had her fair shares of bad first dates. But when you’re dating Tom Crusie, come on, how bad could it be? Turns out that Locklear only went on ONE date with Cruise as it was just awkward. Actually, she even said that Cruise pulled out some weird dance moves that she didn’t understand. She said, “It was weird. I just sat down.” Well, it could be worse.

First Date

First Date

School Daze

Blonde hair and blue eyes may be Heather Locklear’s staple appearance, but the wholesome girl next door life wasn’t always her cup of tea. Apparently in her first year of university, she was supposed to recite a monologue for her acting class. However she just didn’t want to participate, despite the fact that her dad was an administrator at the school! Instead she took a failing grade.

School Daze

School Daze

Feud

It’s plain to see why males are attracted to Heather Locklear – we don’t need to spell it out for you. However this attention caused tension for Locklear when making female friends. Furthermore while in high school, Locklear tired out for the cheerleading squad but didn’t make the cut. The rejection cut her deeply but it was one of the best things that happened to her. Why? That’s when she focused her attention on acting.

Feud

Feud

Working Partnership

There is no doubt about it, Heather Locklear and Tommy Lee were madly in love. Despite being told that she was in over her head when she married him on May 10, 1986, Locklear was smitten. In fact, Locklear was a good influence on Lee as she helped him manage some of his demons. However Locklear could only handle so much. Therefore when Lee was inattentive to her needs and supposedly was unfaithful, Locklear filed for divorce in 1993.

Working Partnership

Working Partnership

I Tried

Regardless of their ups and downs, Heather stayed with Tommy for seven years. She really tried to make it work. Many years after their relationship ended, Locklear opened up about her reasoning for staying for so long, saying “I gave it my best shot. But when it was hurting more to be in than out, I had to do something.” She went on to say, “I was losing myself and I had to stop. I had to find myself again.”

I Tried

I Tried

Losses

At the time Locklear was in the middle of her divorce with Richie Sambora, she didn’t just lose her other half. Locklear and her best friend, fellow actress Denise Richards, had quite the falling out. Locklear went on to say that when she broke it off with Sambora, Richards went to a concert of his. When everyone else close to Locklear did not, Locklear felt betrayed by her best friend’s actions.

Losses

Losses

Growing Concern

All of these losses and heart breaks were incredibly challenging for Locklear, and understandably so. With a second public divorce and losing a close friend, Locklear was struggling. Therefore her doctor prescribed her medication to help ease the agony, but in March 2008, things took a turn. Emergency services were dispatched to her home after Locklear’s doctor altered authorities that he was concerned for her well being.

Growing Concern

Growing Concern

Heartbreak

When Locklear divorced Tommy Lee, she was able to move on and fall in love again. But her divorce from Richie Sambora was not the same whatsoever. Friends of Locklear say that she was “truly devastated” by her divorce from Lee, believing that she’d never find love again. But when she did, she felt complete with Sambora and when that ended, her heart shattered.

Heartbreak

Heartbreak

The Worst Betrayal

Just when Heather Locklear’s heart was shattering, she received yet another massive blow. Locklear discovered during divorce proceedings that her best friend, Denise Richards, was romantically seeing her soon-to-be ex-husband, Richie Sambora. While Sambora claims that he only began seeing Richards after their divorce, Locklear ended her friendship immediately.

The Worst Betrayal

The Worst Betrayal

Lawyered

Obviously Locklear had serious complaints about Denise Richards, her ex-best friend, but Richards had issues with Locklear too. When Locklear filed for divorce, she hired a lawyer that was used by Charlie Sheen, Denise’s ex-husband.

Lawyered

Lawyered

Legal Battles

During this time Richards and Sheen were in a legal battle and Richards was offended of who Locklear chose as her lawyer. To the public eye, it played out like Richards was getting revenge by dating Sambora but she has since denied the claims.

Legal Battles

Rushed To Hospital

Three months after her doctor phoned emergency services, in June 2008, Locklear checked into a medical facility in Arizona treatment of psychological ailments, anxiety and depression. Moreover she asked for an in-depth evaluation of her medication so that she could receive proper diagnosis and treatment. Four weeks later, she returned home.

Rushed To Hospital

Rushed To Hospital

Mr. Stamos

Just in 2015, Full House star John Stamos spoke candidly while on the Howard Stern Show. Stamos said that many years ago when he and Locklear were quite young, they met a party. After drinking a lot, Locklear asked Stamos back to her room, he agreed. However Stamos said that nothing happened.

Mr. Stamos

Mr. Stamos

Locked Up

Two months after Loklear left the medical facility, in September 2008, she was pulled over and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. The arrest happened just outside Santa Barbara after Locklear was spotted driving erratically. Naturally a blood test was conducted but found no alcohol or illegal narcotics. According to Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter, the prescription medications Locklear was on for her anxiety and depression “could have impaired her ability to safely drive a motor vehicle”.

Locked Up

Locked Up

A New Love

For the next two years, Heather Locklear was mentally stable. Maybe the reason for her stability was due to the fact that she was dating comedian, David Spade. In 2017, David Spade was asked just how he dates so many beautiful women. To which he said that women were not just attracted to his humor but his good looks too.

A New Love

A New Love

Custody

Now Locklear and Richie Sambora were able to agree on joint custody of their daughter, Ava. Even though Locklear was struggling with her own demons, her relationship with her daughter was incredibly healthy. Ava and Heather have a strong bond, Ava is pursuing a career in acting and modeling, just like mom! And she has the looks to do so.

Custody

Custody

Like Mother Like Daughter

Ava took to a number of modelling agencies and she was in high demand. Jessica Simpson’s father warranted her modelling services recently for a crochet bikini which had heads turning left, right and center. This young lady has the potential to go many places.

Like Mother Like Daughter

New Man

Just a month after Locklear’s divorce from Sambora was finalized, she began dating former Melrose Place co-star, Jack Wagner. By August 2011, the duo were engaged but by November, the engagement and relationship was over.

New Man

New Man

More Concerns

On January 12, 2012, Heather Locklear’s own sister phoned 9-1-1. She believed that Locklear was in danger after reportedly having taken prescription drugs and alcohol. Emergency personnel quickly responded and Locklear was rushed to Los Robles Hospital. Was Locklear ever going to find and maintain stability?

More Concerns

More Concerns

No Problems Here

Now by the following day, she was “out of the woods.” Doctors did not find any signs of self harm and Locklear did not seek additional seek medical assistance. Authorities believe that the call was sincere and genuine, but Locklear was fine and cleared to go home. But the concerns didn’t stop there.

No Problems Here

No Problems Here

An Accident

Just in October 2017, Locklear was “hospitalized after ‘crashing her Porsche into a ditch’ near her home in Thousand Oaks”, said the Daily Mail. Authorities did confirm that Locklear was sober, and drugs or alcohol did not contribute to the accident whatsoever.

An Accident

An Accident

Better Treatment

A good Samaritan had seen the accident take place and phoned the police right away. When the dispatcher asked if the person in the accident was a celebrity, the Samaritan said “yes”. Apparently celebrities get a quicker response time when it comes to emergency services.

Better Treatment

Better Treatment

Very Odd

When officers showed up at the scene, they were surprised that dispatch knew who the car crash victim was – it seemed shady as such instances don’t usually occur. When the dispatcher was questioned as to how she knew who was in the crash, she said she didn’t know. So what did she know? Maybe she planned to sell her story to the papers? Things were not adding up.

Very Odd

Very Odd

Getting Treated

Heather Locklear was taken to Los Robles Hospital where she was treated for “minor injuries.” Locklear had sustained cuts, bruises, and had broke her collarbone. But she was okay and would be going home soon. In fact, she was discharged from the hospital the next day!

Getting Treated

Getting Treated

Fan Love

When Heather Locklear got home, she was flooded with “Get Well” messages form her fans. Many told her to “take it easy and watch a whole bunch of funny shows.” Wishing her a speedy recovery!

Fan Love

Fan Love

Battling Rumors

For over a year Heather Locklear seemed to disappear, so of course, rumors started to run wild about where she could be. Out of nowhere Locklear appeared at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s Tex-Mex Fiesta, and not long after the paparazzi pounced on the opportunity to interrogate her. Her response to their questions of where she had been was plain and simple, she said that she had taken time off to work on herself.

Battling Rumors

Hard Work

Sometimes all we need is a vacation, and that’s probably what Heather meant when she said she was working on herself. The Paparazzi managed to catch a few snaps of her enjoying some time off in Hawaii at the Four Seasons hotel. We have to admit that we’d love to adopt this star’s method of “working on herself”.

Hard Work

An Old Flame

Finding love hasn’t been too difficult for Locklear, but holding onto it seems to be more challenging. She has taken to a new, or rather old place to find love. She is now with Chris Heisser, a plastic surgeon… and her boyfriend from high school. Maybe it’s true what they say about letting someone go.

An Old Flame

Greek Customs

Does Heather Locklear have any Greek roots? Good question, but unfortunately we don’t know. Recently more rumors surfaced about her losing her temper at her new love and she allegedly threw a tantrum… and a lot more, like plates and lamps. Whether it’s true or not we’ll never know.

Greek Customs

Losing Control

What everyone started to notice was that Heather Locklear was under a lot of pressure and stress, and it really showed one night while she was driving. She lost control of her vehicle and landed up crashing on the side of the road. She needed a change in her life, but she didn’t realize that it was going to come in this form.

Losing Control

Put A Ring On It

Even though she and Heisser had many fights (who doesn’t, right?), he surprised her with… a proposal! In October 2017 Heisser asked Heather to marry him and she ecstatically said ‘yes’. But it wasn’t any ordinary day for Locklear, he proposed to her on her birthday! A diamond ring far outweighs a card and flowers.

Put A Ring On It

Plastic Forgery

As a plastic surgeon, Chris Heisser has to change the appearance of many people, it’s something like epidermic forgery in a way. Well that is not the only forgery this surgeon has had his hand in apparently. Reports claim that he had tried his hand at forgery and corruption, but why would he do that?

Plastic Forgery

Not Everyone

Not everyone is on board with the new love in Locklear’s life, and we’re not talking about the magazines and tabloids. Both the children of Heisser and Heather’s daughter Ava, have said that the two aren’t a good match.

Not Everyone

Small Time

Although Heather Locklear’s life has had its fair share of issues, let’s not forget who we’re talking about here. She had all the benefits of Hollywood and even claimed many awards for her acting talent. She didn’t just limit herself to the big films, she also took part in smaller shows, like Wayne’s World 2.

Small Time

Funny Awards

Before Heather Locklear ever got awards that she wanted to put up on her wall, she first received something a little unexpected. In 1989, she received the “Worst Actress” award which came as a bit of a surprise for her. but perhaps it wasn’t her, and it was the movie itself.

Funny Awards

Bad Movie

“The Return of Swamp Thing” was a pretty bad movie, and most people will agree on that. Still it was Locklear’s acting that got the brunt of it. But she was strong and she took it in her stride and kept on moving forward.

Bad Movie

Real Awards

She made enough progress over the years to be able to laugh off the ridiculous award she got for “The Return of Swamp Thing”. After getting an array of nominations, Locklear went on to win two of them, and they were good things. Heather picked up the awards for Best Actress and Favorite Teen Dream for her role as Amanda Woodward in “Melrose Place”.

Real Awards

Dynasty

Aaron Spelling’s casting of Heather Locklear for the role of Sammy Jo Dean Carrington in “Dynasty” changed her acting career. She joined the show only in its second season but she lasted for 7 years and until the sixth season!

Dynasty

Meeting Shatner

Since Aaron Spelling was also the producer for another show called “T.J. Hooker”, he cast Locklear for a role there too. In 1982 she joined during the second season and that was when she got to meet the very talented William Shatner. When the show was eventually cancelled, Locklear was able to fully dedicate herself to “Dynasty”.

Meeting Shatner

A Busy Bee

Heather Locklear has never been by any stretch, a lazy woman. It’s not easy to work on two different T.V. shows at the same time, but she did it. Another notable actress who managed this feat is Lisa Kudrow – we can definitely see the similarity in their work ethic.

A Busy Bee

Mentors

Attending acting school is one method to becoming a professional and successful actor, but sometimes there’s even a better way. Heather Locklear has attributed a great part of her success to two very successful people. Those people are William Shatner and John Forsythe, because she says that without their mentorship she would never have been able to do what she does.

Mentors

Freedom To Choose

Back when Heather was at the peak of her game, she had the luxury of being able to choose which roles she wanted to take and which she wanted to turn down. One such example was when she had the chance to play a character in “Good Morning, Miami” in 2012. The role actually closely resembled her role in “Spin City”, but she turned it down. At that time Heather appeared in “Ally McBeal” and “Scrubs”.

Freedom To Choose

Back-teria

Not long after Locklear had finished filming her movie called, “He Loves Me”, she found herself in hospital. It was December 2010 and she suffered from a harsh bacterial infection that needed strong antibiotics to help her. She made a full recovery, but the doctors told her that she needed to take it easy.

Back-teria

Lifetime Originals

Heather Locklear can proudly claim that she has starred in a record 3 Lifetime Original Movies. The names of these movies are: “Flirting With 40”, “Angels Fall” and “He Loves Me”, with the second one sitting on the list of the top 10 films in the network’s history. Locklear made a lasting impression in each feature.

Lifetime Originals

Skin Tips

If we take a side-step from the limelight, Heather Locklear can also provide us with tips to help our skin that are, well, unconventional. First, she recommends sleeping on your back to prevent your skin from getting wrinkly. Second, she recommends the use of… how do I put this… she recommends using a certain “male fluid” for keeping skin young and alive. She obviously knows what she’s talking about, but you can choose to what length you’d like to go.

Skin Tips

Keeping Fit

It’s not just skin tips that Heather has to offer. When she took on the assistance of celebrity fitness trainer, Garrett Warren, she made sure to keep her regiment constant and challenging. When Warren revealed what kind of trainee Locklear was, it all made sense. “She was always on-time, incredibly committed and very driven when it came to her workouts.”

Keeping Fit

Daddy Issues

When Heather Locklear tied the knot with Tommy Lee, it wasn’t just her fans who were up in arms. Her father was not prepared for his darling of a daughter to come home with a punk rocker who was covered in tattoos. But it seems that Tommy Lee knew what to expect and he said, “I’m pulling earrings out, putting on a long-sleeve shirt, and when he comes in I’m sitting like a gentleman on the couch.”

Daddy Issues

Pre-Wedding Parties

Having a bachelor or bachelorette party before your wedding is supposed to be fun, and a little risque, but these two took it to the next level. While Tommy Lee had a party with bikini-clad women wrestling in mud, Heather had… well, let’s just say that we aren’t going to mention that here.

Pre-Wedding Parties

Recent Troubles

On June 18, 2018, Heather Locklear made the news again. TMZ reported that the star is facing charges of attacking police during a domestic violence incident. Locklear has been hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation after she attacked her parents and threatened to shoot herself. We only hope she finds some peace and recovers quickly.

Recent-Troubles

Recent-Troubles

Life Lessons

Whether we see Heather Locklear as a Hollywood actress, a mother or a role model, she definitely has some words of wisdom that we can all benefit from. “You can’t help but be scrutinized, so you might as well be doing something while you’re being scrutinized.”

Life Lessons

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