The Ups and Downs of Heather Locklear’s Life

Heather Locklear stormed onto the scene in the early 1980s and continued her reign on television throughout the ’90s and early aughts. The blonde pin-up embraced the rock and roll lifestyle by bedding and wedding two famous rock stars before her life took a dark turn involving multiple arrests and hospitalizations. Check out the ups and downs of Locklear’s life.

Locklear went on a date with Tom Cruise but was turned off by a weird quirk. Keep reading to find out what it was.

She Didn’t Make Her High School Cheerleading Team

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It may seem hard to believe, but Locklear wasn’t deemed good enough for her high school cheerleading squad. Instead, she decided to join the drama club and was instantly hooked on acting. After graduating, she attended UCLA and started modeling. Her earliest roles were guest appearances on shows such as CHiPs and Eight is Enough.

Her first big role was playing Sammy Jo Dean on the second season of Aaron Spelling’s popular prime-time soap Dynasty. She was a full-time cast member by the time it was canceled in 1989. Spelling then cast her as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place.