Heather Langenkamp

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Heather Langenkamp
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Heather Langenkamp at a celebrity autograph collector's convention in Burbank, California, in 2008
Born Heather Elizabeth Langenkamp[1]
(1964-07-17) July 17, 1964 (age 52)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Other names Heather Langenkamp-Anderson
Occupation Actress
Make-up artist
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Alan Pasqua (1984–1987)
David LeRoy Anderson (1989–present)
Children 2

Heather Elizabeth Langenkamp (born July 17, 1964) is an American actress, make-up artist and producer.[2][3] She first became known for portraying Nancy Thompson in the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. She served as executive producer and narrator to the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. Her other film roles include Nickel Mountain (1984), The Demolitionist (1995), The Butterfly Room (2012), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).[4][5][6][7] Langenkamp is also known for her role as Marie Lubbock on the sitcom Just the Ten of Us and has had numerous television guest appearances.

Early life[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.[8][9] She is of German, Scottish, and English ancestry. Langenkamp attended Holland Hall School in Tulsa [10] but later moved to Washington, D.C where she graduated from The National Cathedral School for Girls in 1982.[11]


Langenkamp's career began in film, where she was cast as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film The Outsiders. The same year, Langenkamp had a speaking role in Coppola's next film Rumble Fish, which earned her a SAG card.[12] Her scenes were deleted from the final cut of both films. The 1984 film Nickel Mountain, which is based on John Gardner's 1973 novel of the same name, marked her acting debut.[13]

While she was studying at Stanford University, Wes Craven cast her as teen heroine Nancy Thompson in his film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Craven wanted someone very 'non-Hollywood' to play Nancy, and he believed Langenkamp met this quality.[14] She beat out more than 200 actresses auditioning for the part.[15] The film earned $25 million at the American box office.[16] Langenkamp received the Best Actress Award at the Avoriaz Film Festival for her role as Nancy.[17] Langenkamp's next role was Beth in the television film Passions. The same year, she auditioned for the role of Samantha "Sam" Belmont in the science fiction horror comedy film Night of the Comet but the part ultimately went to Kelli Maroney.[18]

In 1985, Langenkamp was cast in Suburban Beat, a TV pilot that was not picked up for a full series, where she played Hope Sherman, the youngest housewife.[19] The same year, Langenkamp starred in the music video for ZZ Top's "Sleeping Bag".[20] The following year, she guest starred in CBS Schoolbreak Special and ABC Afterschool Specials. In 1987, Langenkamp reprised her role as Nancy in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The film focused on the survivors of Freddy Krueger's previous attempts.[21] The same year, she portrayed Tracy in The New Adventures of Beans Baxter and Monica in Hotel.

Langenkamp at the Fan Expo Canada in 2014

Langenkamp played Marie Lubbock on the ABC television series Just the Ten of Us, a spin-off of the popular ABC situation comedy Growing Pains (on which Langenkamp guest-starred), from 1988 to 1990. That same year, she and her castmates were nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special. In 1989, she had a cameo role as a victim in Wes Craven's Shocker.[22] In a retrospective interview, Langenkamp revealed that she auditioned for an episode of the television series Freddy's Nightmares.[23]

Langenkamp returned to the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, playing a fictionalized version of herself in the 1994 film Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The same year, she portrayed Nancy Kerrigan in the television film Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story. In 1995, Langenkamp starred in The Demolitionist.[24] In 1997, Langenkamp portrayed Lou Ann Solomon in one episode of the short-lived science fiction/horror television series Perversions of Science. Langenkamp later starred in the direct-to-video film Fugitive Mind (1999).

In 2000, she had a guest role in 18 Wheels of Justice as a waitress. The following year, Langenkamp, alongside her husband David Anderson, launched the Malibu Gum Factory which sold locally manufactured chewing gum that featured trading cards of local surfers inside each package.[25] In 2002, Langenkamp portrayed Janet Thompson in an episode of JAG. After this appearance, she took a break from acting to focus on her family.[26] In 2005, Langenkamp was cast in the Wes Craven horror film Cursed. The film had to be reshot and rewritten causing Langenkamp to leave the production due to scheduling conflicts.[27]

I would never say no to the option of doing something like that. It's a great universe and it's one of the most creative franchises, there's more to be made, I'm sure.

—Langenkamp on the possibility of returning to the A Nightmare on Elm Street series[28]

In 2007, Langenkamp was cast as herself in the indie mockumentary film The Bet (released ten years later as a web series with the same title). She starred in, executive produced, and narrated the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. The following year, Langenkamp produced a documentary entitled I Am Nancy, which focused on her experience portraying Nancy in the A Nightmare on Elm Street films.[29] In 2012, Langenkamp starred in the horror film The Butterfly Room and worked on the special effects for The Cabin in the Woods.[30][31] The following year, Langenkamp appeared as herself in the documentary Fantasm[32] and had a supporting role in the film, Star Trek Into Darkness.[33] In 2014, she made a cameo appearance in American Horror Story's fourth season, Freak Show, as Female Toulouse.[34]

The following year, she was cast in the short film Intruder and portrayed Sharon Monroe in 4 episodes of The Bay.[35] In 2016, Langenkamp starred in Home and narrated the fan film Don't Fall Asleep.[36] She is set to star in the upcoming films The Sub,[37] Flashlight[38] and The Survivors.[39][40] In February 2016, it was announced that Langenkamp will have a role in Hellraiser: Judgment (2017).[41][42][43]

Philanthropic efforts[edit]

In April 2017, Langenkamp participated in AbilityFirst's Stroll & Roll, an event that raises awareness and funds for people with disabilities.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Langenkamp married Alan Pasqua while filming A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, but they divorced in 1987.[45] Elements of the plot for Wes Craven's New Nightmare are based on an incident in which Langenkamp received numerous threatening letters from an obsessed fan after the cancellation of Just the Ten of Us.[46] Langenkamp has been married to David LeRoy Anderson since 1989 and had two children with him.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Outsiders Extra Scenes deleted
1983 Rumble Fish Extra Scenes deleted
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
1989 Shocker Victim
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare Heather Langenkamp
1995 The Demolitionist Christy Carruthers
1999 Fugitive Mind Suzanne Hicks Video
2007 Bet, TheThe Bet Heather Langenkamp
2010 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Narrator Documentary, executive producer
2011 I Am Nancy Herself Documentary, producer
2012 Butterfly Room, TheThe Butterfly Room Dorothy
2013 Fantasm Herself Documentary
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Moto
2015 Intruder Sally Short
2016 Home Heather
2016 Don't Fall Asleep Narrator
2017 Hellraiser: Judgment Landlady Pre-production, Direct to video
2017 The Sub Senora Babcock Short
2018 Flashlight ??? In-development, Short
2018 The Survivors Julie In-development


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"
1988-1990 Growing Pains Marie Lubbock / Amy Boutilier 5 episodes
1988-1990 Just the Ten of Us Marie Lubbock Main role (47 episodes)
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..."
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Waitress Episode: "Genesis
2002 JAG Janet Thompson Episode: "Odd Man Out"
2014 American Horror Story: Freak Show Female Toulouse 2 episodes
2015 The Bay Sharon Monroe 4 episodes
2016-2017 The Bet Heather Langenkamp 2 episodes

Music video[edit]

Title Year Performer(s) Notes
"Sleeping Bag" 1985 ZZ Top

Other works[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004 Dawn of the Dead Production crew
2005 Cinderella Man Makeup artist
2007 Evan Almighty Makeup artist
2007 Dead Silence Makeup artist[47]
2008 Prank Director
2011-present American Horror Story Makeup artist
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Makeup artist
2015-present Scream Queens Makeup artist
2016-present Filthy Preppy Teen$ Special effects


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