Amanda Woodward (Melrose Place)

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Amanda Woodward
Amanda Woodward.jpg
Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise character
Portrayed by Heather Locklear
First appearance Melrose Place:
January 27, 1993
(episode 1.21: "Picture Imperfect")
Melrose Place (2009):
November 17, 2009
(episode 1.10: "Cahuenga")
Last appearance Melrose Place:
May 24, 1999
(episode 7.35: "Asses to Ashes")
Melrose Place (2009):
April 13, 2010
(episode 1.18: "Wilshire")
Created by Darren Star
Occupation Partner and President of WPK
Owner and President of AWA (Amanda Woodward Advertising)
President of D&D Advertising
Stockholder in D&D Advertising
Vice-President of D&D Advertising
Owner of Melrose Place Complex
Art Director of D&D Advertising
Residence 4616 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, California

Amanda Woodward is a fictional character on the primetime serial drama Melrose Place, portrayed by Heather Locklear. The character was brought onto the show in order to boost its ratings, a ploy that was successful. The CW's 2009 reboot also brought Amanda back, but her appearance was not enough to prevent the show's cancellation.

Entertainment Weekly named her one of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years.[1] AOL ranked her the 37th Most Memorable Female TV Character.[2] She was also included in TV Guide '​s list of the best TV bitches,[3] and their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.[4]


Amanda Woodward is the daughter of Palmer Woodward and Hillary Michaels. She also has a half-brother, David Michaels.

Following her experiences with parental neglect and domestic abuse, Amanda developed a hard shell and a sometimes testy nature. However, she retains a pleasant and compassionate side, which figures prominently into her character development.

It was eventually revealed that Amanda's father, Palmer Woodward, was often absent throughout her younger years. However, he had still managed to form a fairly close bond with Amanda in time. Palmer's law-breaking activities during Amanda's adulthood eventually got the better of him, costing him his life. In the aftermath of these events, Amanda arrived at the morgue to pay her respects. Amanda graduated from The California Institute of the Arts before working at D&D.

Character arc[edit]

Melrose Place[edit]

Amanda Woodward was introduced as an advertising executive at D&D, who eventually became the direct superior of Alison Parker. Though the women at first got along, their relationship became strained after Amanda started dating Alison's roommate Billy—a development which brought Alison a sense of awkwardness. The ill feelings eventually began to reveal a more malicious side to Amanda's personality, which crossed over into the workplace. Billy was gradually drawn away from Amanda, and later began seeing Alison. Though Amanda was soon back on good terms with the couple, she then stunned them with her announcement that she was buying their apartment complex and moving in.

When Amanda's tenant, Jo Reynolds, faced charges for killing a criminal ex-boyfriend in self-defense, Amanda surprised everyone by supporting her in court. Amanda later tried to do the right thing when her estranged mother, Hillary Michaels, showed up with a worthless younger fiance named Chaz who tried to force himself on Amanda; however, Hillary accused Amanda of lying and prepared to take over D&D so that she could dismiss Amanda from her job and install Chaz in her place. Amanda later spoke to Chaz, who smugly told her that her career was over, but (unbeknownst to him) was also overheard by Hillary when he said Hillary was too old for him and he planned to leave her once he had the job and money to attract younger women. Hillary then switched to her daughter's side, broke up with Chaz and exposed him as a fraud. Amanda was appreciative, but bluntly told her mom that there was no chance they could have a close relationship in the future; Hillary sadly accepted this, and they parted on respectful terms.

Amanda's criminal and abusive husband, Jack Parezi, eventually discovered that she had faked her death to escape him. During their reunion, he was greeted by a braver, more hardened woman than the one he'd abused, and bided his time before making a serious move. After Jack finally attempted to force himself upon her, Amanda managed to fight him off before running. While chasing her, Jack tripped and fell from a balcony. He later died, prompting his father to send Jack's brother Bobby on a mission of revenge. Bobby instead developed feelings for Amanda and refused to do her any harm, which ultimately led her to be free of the family.

Melrose Place (2009)[edit]

Locklear returned as Amanda in the show's tenth episode, "Cahuenga." As with the original series, she was billed as a "Special Guest Star." In the show's final episode, "Wilshire," she is arrested for her involvement in an art theft that was partially responsible for the murder of Sydney Andrews, but the final scene was shot in anticipation of the show's renewal, which did not happen.

During her time on the second generation of Melrose Place, no mention was made as to what happened to her fugitive ex-husband, Dr. Peter Burns.


  1. ^ Adam B. Vary (June 1, 2010). "The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years: Here's our full list!". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Potts, Kim (March 2, 2011). "100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters". AOL TV. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Heather Locklear Pictures - Photo Gallery: The Best TV B----es". TV Guide. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Bretts, Bruce; Roush, Matt; (March 25, 2013). "Baddies to the Bone: The 60 nastiest villains of all time". TV Guide. pp. 14 - 15.