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“I won’t take my clothes off because I can’t believe it’s necessary. You can be sexy with your clothes on just as well as you can by taking off your blouse.” Heather Thomas
A beautiful blond American actress Heather Thomas is known as the 1980s television star who becomes a screenwriter after giving up acting in 1998. She gained fame with her role as Jody Banks on the adventure series “The Fall Guy,” which run from 1981 to 1986, and was handed a Gemini nod for her scene-stealing portrayal in the television film Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987). During her two-decade tenure in the business, Thomas also starred in movies like Cyclone (1987), Red Blooded American Girl (1990) and Hidden Obsession (1993). Her last film appearance is as Showgirl in the 1998 Billy Crystal comedy, My Giant.
Off camera, Thomas was chosen as US magazine’s “Favorite Female Newcomer” in 1982. She defeated a cocaine addiction in the 1980s. On a more private note, she is married to Harry M. Brittenham and has one daughter with him.
Childhood and Family:
Heather Thomas was born on September 8, 1957, in Greenwich, Connecticut. She graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1975 and spent 1976 to 1979 at the UCLA Film School. Heather has been married to Harry M. Brittenham since October 10, 1992. The couple has a daughter named India Rose, who was born on June 19, 2000.
The Man and the Machine
Heather Thomas began acting in television in 1978 when she landed a guest role in an episode of “David Cassidy - Man Undercover” and soon worked her way up the television ladder to series regular on the Marc Daniels-directed comedy “Co-ed Fever” in 1979, which starred David Keith. Her big breakthrough, however, arrived two years later when she was cast as Jody Banks in the adventure series “The Fall Guy,” starring Lee Majors. She remained with the show until 1983, three years before it was cancelled. While working on the series, Thomas had her first feature film in the comedy film Zapped! (1982), helmed by Robert J. Rosenthal and starring Scott Bio.
Thomas continued to appear in episodes of “The Love Boat” (1983, as Sheila), “T.J. Hooker” (1983) and “Cover Up” (1984) before returning to filmmaking in 1987 for a starring role in Cyclone, opposite Jeffrey Combs. She also played the role of Merryl Davis in Death Stone (1987), an action movie directed by the late Austrian filmmaker Franz Josef Gottlieb. The fine-looking performer, however, was more fruitful on the small screen. After guest starring in Mickey Spillane’s “Mike Hammer” (1987), she costarred with Cliff Robertson and Hope Lange in Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987), a biopic about the renowned manager who revolutionized the industry. Her fine acting in the telepic brought Thomas a Gemini nomination for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress. She then was cast as Marilyn Monroe in a Kennedy themed movie called Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (1987), had a feature role as Lt. Carol Campbell in the World War II film The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988) and acted along side Rodney Dangerfield and Tim Allen in the comedy Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney’s Place (1989).
Thomas revisited the big screen movie in 1990 by starring as Paula Bukowsky in the exotic thriller Red Blooded American Girl, opposite Andrew Stevens and Christopher Plummer. The same year, she headlined the Australian miniseries “Flair,” as Tessa Clarke, and acted in the made-for-television mockumentary In the Director’s Chair: The Man Who Invented Edward Scissorhands, with Johnny Depp, Geena Davis, Tim Burton, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder. She made guest appearances in “P.S.I. Luv U” (1991) and “Swamp Thing” (1992).
In 1993, Thomas resurfaced on the wide screen with John Stewart’s thriller Hidden Obsession, where she was cast in the starring role of Ellen Carlyle. Four years later, she appeared in the action Against the Law (1997), starring Richard Grieco and Nancy Allen and jointly written by Steve Mitchell and Bob Sheridan. She could be seen as a Showgirl in the Billy Crystal comedy vehicle My Giant (1998) before quitting acting.
A TV star in the 80s, Thomas is currently a screenwriter.