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Heather Anne Thomas (born September 8, 1957) is an American actress, screenwriter, author and political activist, best known for her co-starring role of Jody Banks on the TV series The Fall Guy. Thomas was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, to Gladdy Lou Ryder, who was 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.
Thomas started acting in 1978 in small television roles; at age 14, she was one of the hosts of a series on NBC called "Talking with a Giant," where she interviewed celebrities. She appeared in the series Co-Ed Fever, of which she later said "It was cancelled after the third commercial." She got her biggest part as "Jody Banks" in 1981 in Lee Majors` The Fall Guy television series and held that role until 1986, when the show was canceled. She appeared in several movies and quit acting in 1998. Thomas was a popular pin-up girl during the 1980s, appearing on numerous posters. Following her acting career, Thomas tried her hand at screenwriting, and after writing some 40 screenplays finally sold a script called School Slut to Touchstone Pictures for a "mid-six-figure sum." Touchstone didn`t make the film, however, and Thomas acquired the rights to produce it herself. In April 2008, Thomas` first novel, Trophies, was published by William Morrow.
Thomas married Allen Rosenthal, one of the co-founders of Cocaine Anonymous, in August 1985; they divorced around September 1986. 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 breakfast gathering at their home to act as a fundraiser for liberal causes, which has become known in Washington as the "L.A. Cafe". According to newsmeat.com, Thomas has contributed over $280,000 to political candidates since 1992, with all but $2,400 going to Democrat or special-interest groups (the $2,400 exception went towards supporting Mary Bono). In 1984, she entered rehab to help overcome an addiction to cocaine. In 1986 she was hit by a car while crossing San Vincente Boulevard and suffered fractures to both legs; she was hospitalized for nearly a month recuperating.
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Santa Monica High School
UCLA Film School, UCLA Film School 1976-1979 intending to write and direct
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Heather Anne Thomas
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Heather Thomas & Heather Locklear were always mistaken for one another in the 80`d (they met in person at Battle of the Network Stars)
Heather Anne Thomas (born September 8, 1957) is an American actress, screenwriter, author and political activist, who co-starred as Jody Banks on the TV series The Fall Guy.
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