Who is Heather Thomas?
Heather Anne Thomas was born on 8 September 1957, in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. She is an actress, political activist and author, best known from rising to fame thanks to her role in the television show entitled “The Fall Guy”, in which she played the role of Jody Banks.
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The Riches of Heather Thomas
How rich is Heather Thomas? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $2 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. She’s also had a bit of success as a writer, and lately focused her efforts towards activism. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Heather grew up in Greenwich, before moving to California where her mother worked as a special education teacher in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. While there is very limited information about her past, it is known that Heather attended Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI); the school was founded in 1891 and has changed location several times before eventually settling at 601 Pico Boulevard. After matriculating from high school in 1975, she then enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
She joined the School of Theatre, Film and Television (TFT), one of the 11 schools within UCLA. The formation of this school was ground breaking as it was the first time a leading university combined all three into a single administration. Its undergraduate program is considered one of the top drama departments in the world, while its graduate programs often rank in the top three in the US. The UCLA Film & Television Archive is the largest university-based archive of its kind, holding large collections of media materials, only rivalled by the Washington D.C. Library of Congress.
At the age of 14, Thomas got her acting breakthrough when she was cast in the series called “Talking with a Giant” in which she interviewed celebrities. In 1978, she began taking television parts, appearing in support roles such as in “Co-Ed Fever”, but which was cancelled after one episode. Her popularity increased significantly when she was cast in “The Fall Guy”, which starred Lee Majors, and started airing in 1981 as a part of ABC programming. She along with Majors and Douglas Barr played the role of Hollywood stunt performers, who moonlight as bounty hunters.
The show ran for five years before its cancellation, and during this time she developed an addiction to cocaine. She had to enter rehabilitation for the addiction during the mid-1980s, but then continued her career by appearing in films and television shows in the 1990s. Some of her projects after “The Fall Guy” include “Hoover vs The Kennedys: Second Civil War”, “Swamp Thing: the Series”, and “Pointman”. She was also a part of films such as “My Giant”, and “Against the Law”. However, in 1998, she decided to give up on acting altogether.
Writing and Activism
Following her acting career, Heather focused on a career in writing, and wrote a screenplay called “School Slut”, which she reportedly to Touchstone Pictures for a six figure fee, but the film was never made. Instead, the rights later returned to her, becoming available for her to produce. In 2008, she released her first novel called “Trophies”, published by William Morrow and Company. Later on, she focused more on activism efforts, and often hosted a monthly fund-raising breakfast alongside her husband, held in their home in Santa Monica – its regularity led it to being called the “LA Café”.
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She is very active working with numerous organizations, and is a part of the advisory board of the Rape Foundation as well as the Amazon Conservation Team. She has also been highly supportive of political candidates since the 1990s, contributing over $280,000 to Democratic groups, and supported Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren and Al Franklen. She also donated $2,400 to support Republican Mary Bono. In 2014, she returned to acting by appearing in the musical “Girltrash: All Night Long”, which is a prequel to “Girltrash”.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Thomas married Allan Rosenthal in 1985 – he is one of the founders of the program Cocaine Anonymous, but their marriage only lasted a year before they divorced. Shortly afterwards she was struck by a car while crossing San Vicente Boulevard, injuring both her legs. She has now been married to entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham since 1992, and they have a child together.
According to her, one of the reasons she left acting was due to stalkers – it even came to a point where one guy tried to climb over her fence while he had a knife in his hand. This was all due to the popularity she had attracted as a pin-up girl, as she was often posted in wards or prisons. She became fearful to the point that she had a bodyguard living inside her home. She also had a desire to focus on her family, and to explore a career in writing. She credits Majors who helped her during her addiction, as he was one of the few who was supportive during that period.
Thomas has a Facebook page with over 2,800 ‘likes’ but she hasn’t updated it since 2016.