Amy Locane

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Amy Locane
Born Amy Rose Locane
(1971-12-19) December 19, 1971 (age 46)
Trenton, New Jersey
Nationality American
Alma mater Villa Victoria Academy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–2009
Known for Melrose Place
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Criminal charge Vehicular homicide and assault by auto
Criminal penalty 3-years in state prison
Criminal status Released
Spouse(s) Mark Bovenizer (m. 2008; div. 2017)
Children Paige Cricket
Avery Hope
  • Richard Locane (father)
  • Helen Locane (mother)

Amy Rose Locane-Bovenizer (born December 19, 1971) is an American television and film actress known for her role in John Waters' 1990 musical comedy Cry-Baby. In 1992, Locane played the role of Sandy Harling in the first season of the prime time soap opera Melrose Place.


Locane was born in Trenton, New Jersey and graduated from Villa Victoria Academy.[1] By age 12, she had performed in more than 60 commercials before being cast as a series regular on the sitcom Spencer (1984).

Locane was a member of the original cast of the prime time soap opera Melrose Place, but left the series after only 11 episodes.

Among Locane's film roles, she played Johnny Depp's love interest in John Waters's 1990 film Cry-Baby. She also twice played the girlfriend of Brendan Fraser, in the films School Ties and Airheads, as well as Jessica Lange's daughter in the 1994 film Blue Sky.

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Locane became engaged to firefighter Mark Bovenizer and retired from films, though she acted occasionally in local community theater near their Hopewell, New Jersey home, as well as two 8-minute shorts released in 2009.[2] On January 23, 2007, Locane gave birth to the engaged couple's first child, daughter Paige Cricket.[3] The couple was married sometime before Locane gave birth to their second daughter, Avery Hope, on January 21, 2009.[4] Daughter Paige has mental disabilities while daughter Avery suffers from Crohn's disease.[5][6] Late in 2015, following Locanes's June 2015 release from prison for vehicular homicide (see below), Bovenizer filed for divorce and for custody of their then five-year-old and seven-year-old daughters.[7] The divorce was finalized sometime before January 2017.[7]

On June 27, 2010, then 38-year-old Locane-Bovenizer caused a fatal motor vehicle collision in Montgomery, New Jersey.[8][9] Locane was driving 53 miles per hour (85 km/h) in a 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) zone and rapidly closed on the car driven by Fred Seeman, which was traveling at 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h) as it made a left hand turn in front of her to enter his driveway. The crash killed Seeman's wife, 60-year-old Helene, and seriously injured Fred.

Following the crash, testing revealed Locane's blood alcohol level was three times the limit for legal impairment.[10] In December 2010, Locane was indicted for aggravated manslaughter and assault by automobile.[2] On November 27, 2012, a Somerset County jury convicted Locane of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.[10] On February 14, 2013, Locane was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime, with Montgomery Superior Court Judge Robert B. Reed imposing less than the minimum five-year sentence due to mitigating factors that included her younger daughter's Crohn's disease.[5][11][12] While serving her sentence, Locane was in custody at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women and was released on parole on June 12, 2015.[13] On July 22, 2016, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that the three-year sentencing would be re-reviewed due to what the court felt was an inadequate explanation by Reed for leniency.[14] Upon review, Reed stated in September 2016 he had erred in his decision, and that she should serve an additional six months.[12] However, on January 13, 2017, Reed ruled that Locane would not have to go back to prison, saying her conduct since her release showed that she was not a threat to society.[6][15] Locane said the memory of Seeman will "be forever in her thoughts."[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Lost Angels Cheryl Anderson
1990 Cry-Baby Allison Vernon-Williams
1991 No Secrets Jennifer
1992 School Ties Sally Wheeler
1994 Airheads Kayla
1994 Blue Sky Alex Marshall
1995 Criminal Hearts Keli
1996 Carried Away Catherine Wheeler
1997 Going All the Way Buddy Porter
1997 Prefontaine Nancy Alleman
1997 The Girl Gets Moe Beth
1998 Bongwater Jennifer
1998 Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy Margaret Trelawny
1999 Implicated Ann Campbell
2001 The Heist Lucy
2002 Secretary Lee's Sister
2002 Bad Karma Carly Campbell
2005 Throttle Molly Weaver
2009 Visiting Julia Short Film
2009 Coffee Sarah Short Film
Year Title Role Notes
1984−1985 Spencer Andrea Winger Also known as Under One Roof
Series regular
13 episodes
1985 Young People's Specials Karen 1 episode
1985 Special Treat Bridget Frommer 1 episode
1988 Hothouse Nancy 3 episodes
1992 Melrose Place Sandy Louise Harling Series regular
11 episodes
1997 End of Summer Alice TV Movie
1998 Ebenezer Erica Marlowe TV Movie
1998 Route 9 Sally Hogan TV Movie
1999 Touched by an Angel Stella 1 episode
2003 Mystery Woman Tracy Stenning TV Movie
2005 Alien Express Rosie Holden TV Movie


  1. ^ Abdur-Rahman, Sulaiman. "Former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer of Hopewell indicted in fatal crash", The Trentonian, December 16, 2010. Accessed November 12, 2017. "A native Trentonian who graduated from Villa Victoria Academy in Ewing, Locane-Bovenizer's film career includes acting alongside Hollywood heavyweights like Adam Sandler in 1994's Airheads and Johnny Depp in 1990 cult favorite Cry-Baby, which was directed by John Waters."
  2. ^ a b Shira, Dahvi (2010-12-16). "Melrose Place Star Amy Locane Indicted for Fatal Car Crash". People. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  3. ^ "CBB (CeleBrityBabies) Exclusive: Actress Amy Locane gives birth to a baby girl". People. 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Amy Locane Welcomes Second Daughter, Avery Hope". People. 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  5. ^ a b Wichert, Bill (2013-02-15). "Daughters' hardship yields lighter sentence for 'Melrose Place' actress". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  6. ^ a b Smith, Jennifer (2017-01-19). "'Prison is dehumanizing': Melrose Place star who was jailed for killing married mother in drunken hit-and-run reveals she's been cut off by friends and divorced by her husband". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  7. ^ a b Petit, Stephanie (2017-01-17). "Melrose Place Actress Amy Locane on Being Divorced and Shunned by Friends After Fatal DWI". People. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  8. ^ Paik, Eugene (October 3, 2011), "Judge: Ex-'Melrose Place' actress's intoxicated statements permissible in upcoming trial", The Star-Ledger, retrieved March 31, 2012 
  9. ^ "Actress Amy Locane charged in connection with fatal weekend accident in Montgomery", Courier News, Bridgewater, NJ: Gannett Company, June 28, 2010, archived from the original on July 1, 2010, retrieved June 29, 2011 
  10. ^ a b "Amy Locane Convicted of Vehicular Homicide". People. Associated Press. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "'Melrose' Actress Gets 3 Years for Deadly NJ Crash". The New York Times. Associated Press. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Judge admits he erred in sentencing 'Melrose Place' actress". NJ Advance Media. Associated Press News. 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  13. ^ "'Melrose Place' actress out of prison, but law's not done with her". June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  14. ^ "'Melrose Place' actress faces new sentence in fatal drunken-driving crash". Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Hutchinson, Dave (2017-01-17). "'Melrose Place' actress won't serve more time for fatal crash". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  16. ^ Hutchinson, Dave (2017-01-18). "'Melrose Place' actress breaks silence on fatal DWI crash". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 

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