Heather Thomas

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Heather Thomas
Heather Thomas.jpg
Thomas in May 2008
Born Heather Anne Thomas
(1957-09-08) September 8, 1957 (age 56)[1]
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress, screenwriter, author
Years active 1978–1998
Spouse(s)

Allen Rosenthal (1985–86)

Skip Brittenham (1992–present)

Heather Anne Thomas (born September 8, 1957[1]) is an American actress, screenwriter, author and political activist, who co-starred as Jody Banks on the TV series The Fall Guy.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, to Gladdy Lou Ryder, a special education teacher in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. She graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1975 and went on to attend UCLA Film School, graduating in 1980. While at UCLA, she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority.

Career[edit]

Thomas started acting at age 14, when she was one of the hosts of a series on NBC called Talking with a Giant, where she interviewed celebrities.[2] In 1978 she began acting in small television roles; she appeared in the series Co-Ed Fever, of which she later said "It was canceled after the third commercial."[3] She played the role of "Jody Banks" in Lee Majors' The Fall Guy television series from 1981 to 1986, when the show was canceled. She entered rehabilitation for cocaine addiction in 1984.[2] She appeared in several movies but quit acting in 1998. Thomas appeared on numerous pin-up posters during the 1980s.

Following her acting career, Thomas wrote a screenplay called School Slut and sold it to Touchstone Pictures for a figure reported as "mid-six-figure".[4] Touchstone did not make the film, however, and Thomas acquired the rights to produce it herself.[2]

In April 2008, Thomas' first novel, Trophies, was published by William Morrow.

Personal life[edit]

She married Allen Rosenthal, one of the founders of Cocaine Anonymous, in August 1985;[5] they divorced around September 1986.[6] Thomas then married entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham in October 1992. Their daughter India Rose was born on June 19, 2000. Thomas and her husband host a monthly fund-raising breakfast gathering at their home in Santa Monica for progressive causes, which has become known in Washington as the "L.A. Cafe".[7][8] According to newsmeat.com, Thomas contributed over US$280,000 to political candidates since 1992, mostly to Democratic and special-interest groups, with $2,400 towards supporting Republican Mary Bono.[citation needed]

In 1986, she was hit by a car while crossing San Vincente Boulevard and suffered fractures to both legs.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1982 Zapped! Jane Mitchell
1987 Cyclone Teri Marshall
Kiss of the Cobra Merryl Davis Alternative titles: Death Stone
Der Stein des Todes
1990 Red Blooded American Girl Paula Bukowsky
1993 Hidden Obsession Ellen Carlyle
1997 Against the Law Felicity
1998 My Giant Showgirl
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978 David Cassidy: Man Under Cover Caryl Manning 1 episode
1979 Co-ed Fever Sandi 1 episode
California Fever Joanne 1 episode
1980 B. J. and the Bear Caroline Capote 1 episode
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Caroline Capote 1 episode
1981–1986 The Fall Guy Jody Banks 111 episodes
1983 The Love Boat Sheila 2 episodes
1984 T.J. Hooker Sandy 1 episode
Cover Up Amber 1 episode
1987 The New Mike Hammer Andrea 1 episode
Ford: The Man and the Machine Evangeline Cote Television movie
Nominated: Gemini Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress
Hoover vs. The Kennedys : The Second Civil War Marilyn Monroe Television movie
1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Lt. Carol Campbell Television movie
1989 Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's Place Joan Emery Television movie
1990 Flair Tessa Clarke Miniseries
1991 P.S. I Luv U Mary Markham 1 episode
1992 Swamp Thing Tatania 1 episode
1995 Pointman Lynn Forbes 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Today in History – Sept. 8". Bay Ledger News Zone. Associated Press. September 7, 2007. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Serena Kappes (January 28, 2003). "Former TV sex symbol Heather Thomas is a screenwriter, activist, mom". CNN. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  3. ^ Peter Meade (February 26, 1984). "Heather Thomas is a busy body". Sunday Star-News. Wilmington, NC. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  4. ^ Dan Snierson (July 25, 1997). "School's In". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  5. ^ "Roped Together". Gainesville Sun. August 4, 1985. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  6. ^ Marilyn Beck (September 19, 1986). "Hoffman Plans Comedy". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  7. ^ Tina Daunt (April 18, 2009). "Heather Thomas' salon a top breakfast stop". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  8. ^ Joel Stein (July 23, 2009). "Activism, Hollywood-Style". Time. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  9. ^ "Heather Thomas has surgery on leg after being hit by car". The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). September 18, 1986. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 

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