Heather Thomas

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Heather Thomas (2008)

Heather Anne Thomas (born September 8, 1957 in Greenwich , Connecticut ) is an American actress , author and political activist . She became known in German-speaking countries through the personification of Jody Banks in the US television series Ein Colt for all cases .


Thomas is the daughter of Gladdy Lou Ryder, a special needs teacher who taught in the Santa Monica and Malibu school districts. She attended Santa Monica High School until 1975, then transferred to UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) .

1984 Thomas began at the urging of her mother and fellow actor Lee Majors , a drug treatment to overcome their cocaine addiction and joined the support group Cocaine Anonymous (CA) in which the Alcoholics Anonymous is comparable. In August 1985 she married Allen Rosenthal, one of the co-founders of Cocaine Anonymous; the marriage was divorced in September 1986. That same year she was hit by a car while crossing San Vincente Boulevard in Los Angeles and suffered fractures in both legs; she had to spend almost a month in the hospital and undergo multiple operations.

At the end of the 1980s she was in a relationship with the Austrian singer Christian Anders , whom she met in 1986 while filming the film The Stone of Death .

On October 10, 1992 Thomas married the media attorney Harry M. Brittenham, with whom she has a daughter (* June 2000).


Her television debut was Heather Thomas in 1971 at the age of 14 years with the NBC telecast Talking with a Giant resulted in which it interviews with famous people. During her studies she played minor television roles, including 1978 in David Cassidy: Man Under Cover and 1979 in the sitcom Co-Ed Fever radio station CBS . The series was originally supposed to have six episodes, but was discontinued after the first episode aired. Thomas later said: "It was discontinued after the third commercial block." (Engl. "It was canceled after the third commercial.")

As Jody Banks , she had her greatest success on the side of Lee Majors from 1981 to 1986 in the US television series A Colt for All Cases . During this time, Thomas was also a sought-after pinup girl and became addicted to cocaine. After the series ended and her addiction had been overcome, supporting roles followed in several films, most of them " B-Movies ", as well as guest appearances in television series such as Love Boat .

In 1987 Thomas was nominated for the Canadian Gemini Award in the category "Best Supporting Female Role" for her portrayal in the television film Ford: The Man and the Machine . That same year she played Marilyn Monroe in the TV movie Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War . In 1998 Thomas ended her acting career.

After that, Thomas tried his hand at scriptwriting. After writing nearly 40 scripts, Touchstone Pictures bought a script called School Slut for a six-figure sum. Since it was not made into a film, she acquired the rights to produce it herself. In April 2008 Thomas' first novel Trophies was published by HarperCollins .

Together with her husband, media attorney Harry M. Brittenham, Thomas supports liberal political candidates and interest groups. Since 2003, the couple has hosted a monthly fundraising breakfast at their Santa Monica home known as The LA Cafe. According to newsmeat.com, Thomas has raised more than $ 280,000 in donations to date.

In 2014 she could be seen again as an actress.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1971: Talking with a Giant
  • 1978: David Cassidy: Man Under Cover (TV series, episode 1x05)
  • 1979: Co-ed Fever (TV series, six episodes)
  • 1980: BJ and the Bear ( BJ and the Bear , TV series, episode 2x19)
  • 1981–1986: A Colt for All Cases ( The Fall Guy , TV series, 112 episodes)
  • 1982: The guy with the crazy look (Zapped!)
  • 1983: Love Boat ( The Love Boat , TV series, 6x25, 7x07–7x08)
  • 1984: TJ Hooker (TV series, episode 4x04)
  • 1984–1989: The New Mike Hammer (TV series, 1 episode)
  • 1986: The Stone of Death (Death Stone)
  • 1987: Cyclone (Tornado)
  • 1987: Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (TV movie)
  • 1988: Das dreckige Dutzend - The Fatal Mission (The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission) (TV movie)
  • 1989: Flair (miniseries)
  • 1990: Dreamliners (Red Blooded American Girl)
  • 1992: The thing from the swamp ( Swamp Thing , TV series, episode 3x08)
  • 1993: Hidden Obsession
  • 1995: Pointman
  • 1997: Mad Rex (Against the Wall)
  • 1998: My Giant (My Giant)
  • 2014: Girltrash - All Night Long

Web links

Commons : Heather Thomas  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Serena Kappes: Former TV sex symbol Heather Thomas is a screenwriter, activist, mom . CNN. January 28, 2003. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  2. Roped Together . Gainesville Sun. August 4, 1985. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Marilyn Beck: Hoffman Plans Comedy . Victoria Advocate. September 19, 1986. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  4. Heather Thomas has surgery on leg after being hit by car . The ledger. September 18, 1986. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Heather Thomas Leaves Hospital After Month . Ocala Star Banner. September 16, 1986. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  6. ^ Peter Meade: Heather Thomas is a busy body . Wilmington Morning Star. February 26, 1984. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  7. ^ Dan Snierson: School's In . Entertainment Weekly. July 25, 1997. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  8. Tina Daunt: Heather Thomas' salon a top breakfast stop . Los Angeles Times. April 18, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  9. Joel Stein: Activism, Hollywood Style . TIME . July 23, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.