Heather Langenkamp

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Heather Langenkamp
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Langenkamp at a celebrity autograph collector's convention in Burbank, California, 2008
Born Heather Elizabeth Langenkamp[1]
(1964-07-17) July 17, 1964 (age 49)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Other names Heather Langenkamp-Anderson
Occupation Actress
Composer
Make-up artist
Director
Producer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Alan Pasqua (1984-1987)
David LeRoy Anderson (1989-present)

Heather Elizabeth Langenkamp (born July 17, 1964) is an American film and television actress.[2] She is best known for her role as Nancy Thompson from the A Nightmare on Elm Street films.[3] She served as executive producer and narrator to the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.

She also played Marie Lubbock on the sitcom Just the Ten of Us and has had numerous television guest appearances.

Life and career[edit]

1984-94: Career beginnings and A Nightmare On Elm Street[edit]

Langenkamp was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother, Mary Alice (née Myers), is an artist, and her father, Robert Dobie Langenkamp, is a petroleum attorney who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy in both the Carter Administration (where he was largely responsible for realizing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) and the Clinton Administration (where he was largely responsible for privatizing Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1), and as Director of the National Energy & Environmental Law & Policy Institute of the University of Tulsa College of Law.[4][5] She has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Langenkamp attended Holland Hall School in Tulsa.[6] She graduated from The National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C.[7] Langenkamp's first acting venture was in her late teens: a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders (1983), filmed to a large extent in her hometown of Tulsa. She then starred in Nickel Mountain (1984). While she was studying at Stanford University, Wes Craven cast her as teen heroine Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street, the first film in the series as he wanted someone very 'non-Hollywood' to play Nancy. He believed that Langenkamp met this quality.[8] For the part she beat out more than 200 actresses.[9] The film follows the story of a group of teenagers who are killed in their dreams one-by-one by a supernatural serial killer. The film was a slasher film. This film rose Langenkamp to prominence and is credited for launching her career.

The film introduced the iconic villain Freddy Krueger, played by Robert Englund. Johnny Depp, in his feature film debut, played Nancy Thompson's boyfriend, Glen Lantz. Veteran film actor John Saxon played Nancy's father, police lieutenant Donald Thompson. The film was both a critical and commercial success, earning a total of $25 million at the American box office.[10] In 1985, she received the Best Actress Award at the Avoriaz Film Festival for this role.[11] She also became one of the original scream queens.

She continued her role as Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), in which she co-starred alongside Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne. John Saxon and Robert Englund also returned with Langenkamp in Dream Warriors.

1988-93: Television roles[edit]

In between starring roles, she played Marie Lubbock on the television series Just the Ten of Us, a spin-off of the popular situation comedy Growing Pains (on which Langenkamp guest-starred), from 1988 to 1990. That same year, she and her castmates were nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special. She has also made numerous other guest appearances on television. In 1989, she had a cameo role as a victim in Wes Craven's Shocker.

1994-present: Continued acting[edit]

In 1994 Heather starred as herself in the film New Nightmare alongside Robert Englund

Langenkamp and her husband, David Leroy Anderson, own and operate AFX Studio, a Special F/X Make-Up firm that is credited with the special make-up for such films as Dawn of the Dead, The Cabin in the Woods, Cinderella Man, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Frost/Nixon, Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Dragonfly and Angels and Demons. She also starred in, executive produced, and narrated the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, which was directed by Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch.[12][13][14]

Langenkamp also directed a biographical documentary entitled I Am Nancy in 2010.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Langenkamp is a businesswoman, who acts part-time. She and her husband own AFX Studio, a Special F/X Make-Up Studio in Los Angeles. Years ago, she created and ran The Malibu Gum Factory, now closed, which sold chewing gum packaged with trading cards depicting local surfers.

Many elements of the plot for Wes Craven's New Nightmare are based on an incident in which Langenkamp was stalked by a fan.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Nickel Mountain Callie Wells
1984 Nightmare on Elm Street, AA Nightmare on Elm Street Nancy Thompson
1987 Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, AA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Nancy Thompson
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare Heather Langenkamp
1995 Demolitionist, TheThe Demolitionist Christy Carruthers
1999 Fugitive Mind Suzanne Hicks Video
2007 Bet, TheThe Bet Heather Langenkamp
2012 Butterfly Room, TheThe Butterfly Room Dorothy
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Moto
2014 Home Heather Post-production
2015 Getting the Kinks Out Esther Pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Passions Beth TV film
1985 Suburban Beat Hope Sherman TV film
1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Erica Episode: "Have You Tried Talking to Patty?"
1986 ABC Afterschool Special Paula Finkle Episode: "Can a Guy Say No?"
1986 Heart of the City Audrey Episode: "Of Dogs and Cat Burglars"
1987 New Adventures of Beans Baxter, TheThe New Adventures of Beans Baxter Tracy Episode: "Beans Goes to Camp"
1987 Hotel Monica Episode: "Desperate Moves"
1988 Growing Pains Marie Episodes: "How the West Was Won: Parts 1 & 2"
1988-1990 Just the Ten of Us Marie Lubbock Main role (47 episodes)
1990 Growing Pains Amy Boutilier Episodes: "Let's Go Europe: Parts 1, 2 & 3"
1994 Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story Nancy Kerrigan TV film
1997 Perversions of Science Lou Ann Solomon Episode: "Ultimate Weapon"
1999 Partners Suzanne Episode: "Always..."
2002 JAG Janet Thompson Episode: "Odd Man Out"

Other works[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004 Dawn of the Dead Production crew
2005 Cinderella Man Makeup artist
2007 Evan Almighty Makeup artist
2008 Prank Director
2010 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Executive producer
2011 I Am Nancy Producer
2012 Cabin in the Woods, TheThe Cabin in the Woods Makeup artist
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Makeup artist

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