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Years active  1978–present
Name  Heather Thomas

Role  Actress
Height  1.66 m
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Full Name  Heather Anne Thomas
Born  September 8, 1957 (age 59) (1957-09-08) Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation  Actress, screenwriter, author
Spouse  Harry M. Brittenham (m. 1992), Allen Rosenthal (m. 1985–1986)
Children  Shauna Brittenham, Kristina Brittenham, India Rose Brittenham
Books  Journey Through Time in Verse and Rhyme, Trophies
Movies and TV shows  The Fall Guy, Zapped!, Cyclone, Girltrash: All Night Long, Ford: The Man and the Machi
Similar People  Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Locklear, Markie Post, Jo Ann Pflug

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Heather Anne Thomas (born September 8, 1957) is an American actress, screenwriter, author and political activist, who co-starred as Jody Banks on the TV series The Fall Guy.


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Early life

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Thomas was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, to Gladdy Lou Ryder, a special education teacher in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. She graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1975 and went on to attend UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, graduating in 1980. While at UCLA, she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority.


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Thomas started acting at age 14, when she was one of the hosts of a series on NBC called Talking with a Giant, where she interviewed celebrities. In 1978 she began acting in small television roles; she appeared in the series Co-Ed Fever, of which she later said, "It was canceled after the third commercial."

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After Co-Ed Fever's cancellation, Thomas was chosen for the role of Jody Banks in The Fall Guy, which starred Lee Majors and was produced by Glen Larson, from its 1981 premiere to its 1986 cancellation. Unfortunately, Thomas developed a cocaine addiction during her run in the program, and entered rehabilitation for that addiction in 1984. She appeared in several movies, the first of which was Zapped! in 1982 (see below for her filmography), but she gave up acting in 1998. Thomas appeared on numerous pin-up posters during the 1980s.

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Following her acting career, Thomas wrote a screenplay called School Slut and sold it to Touchstone Pictures for a figure reported as "mid-six-figure." Touchstone did not make the film, however, and Thomas acquired the rights to produce it herself.

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In April 2008, Thomas's first novel, Trophies, was published by William Morrow. Harrison Ford described it as having "made me laugh out loud... ironic, smart and surprisingly touching.” Arianna Huffington described the characters in Trophies as "...powerful women flawlessly draped in Vera Wang, [with] manicured hands pushing buttons while scratching their way to the top--the secret power brokers of Los Angeles. Heather Thomas has written a stiletto heel-sharp satiric romp.”

Personal life

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Thomas married Allan Rosenthal in August 1985, Rosenthal is one of the founders of Cocaine Anonymous; they divorced in September 1986. Thomas then married entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham in October 1992. Their daughter, whom they named India Rose, was born on June 19, 2000. Thomas and Brittenham became joint hosts of a monthly fund-raising breakfast gathering at their home in Santa Monica, California, which became known in Washington as the "L.A. Cafe." Thomas serves on the advisory boards of The Rape Foundation and Amazon Conservation Team. According to, Thomas contributed over US$280,000 to political candidates since 1992, mostly to Democratic and special-interest groups, such as Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), with $2,400 towards supporting Republican Mary Bono.

In September 1986, Thomas was struck by a car while crossing San Vicente Boulevard, and she sustained serious injuries to both of her legs.


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