Heather's first passion was writing and she was accepted into UCLA's Film and Television department. She began acting while attending UCLA. On her website, Heather said she was cast as a go-go dancer in David Rabe's play “In the Boom Boom Room,” wearing a “Band Aid sized cowgirl costume” and she landed an agent by the third performance.
Heather made appearances in several obscure TV programs before she earned the Jody Banks role in “The Fall Guy.” She appeared in all except one episode during its five-year run. Heather described her “Fall Guy” period as “about fame, fast cars, bar fights, bikinis and hot rollers.”
It was the decade of the two Heathers. She was often confused for Heather Locklear, another blonde California actress who also starred in an ABC action series, the police drama “TJ Hooker” during the same period.
The decade also brought her personal crisis. She suffered from cocaine addiction, and in 1986, she was struck by a car while crossing the street in LA. She suffered fractures in both legs and underwent surgery.
Her most memorable film role was as the snotty prom queen in 1982's “Zapped.” Heather said after “The Fall Guy,” she became disappointed with the roles she was offered and she soon stopped acting and began focusing on writing.