Heather Langenkamp

Actor, Photographer, Screenwriter
This attractive, youthful leading lady of film and TV effectively conveys strength and intelligence while compelling audience sympathy. Langenkamp gained some small measure of fame and a place in genre film history ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (Movie)

Moto (Actor)

Super Secret Movie Rules 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

JAG 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Just the Ten of Us 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Shocker 1989 (Movie)

Victim (Actor)

The Thirteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors 1987 (Movie)

Nancy Thompson (Actor)

Have You Tried Talking to Patty? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickel Mountain 1985 (Movie)

Callie Wells (Actor)

Passions 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Suburban Beat 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 (Movie)

Nancy Thompson (Actor)

18 Wheels of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Can a Guy Say No? (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This attractive, youthful leading lady of film and TV effectively conveys strength and intelligence while compelling audience sympathy. Langenkamp gained some small measure of fame and a place in genre film history playing Nancy Thompson, the determined and resourceful heroine of Wes Craven's "Nightmare on Elm Street" series (beginning in 1984), battling dream monster Freddy Krueger. Though she had starred in one previous feature--playing a rural, unwed teenaged mother in the little-seen "Nickel Mountain" (1983)--horror auteur Craven proved central to her slight film career. Langenkamp starred in the Craven co-scripted "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors" (1987), played the victim in Craven's "Shocker" (1989) and starred as herself in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" (1994).

Relationships

Dave Anderson

Husband
won Oscars for "The Nutty Professor" and "Men in Black" met in 1989 married in 1990

Isabelle Anderson

Daughter
born on December 24, 1994

Atticus Anderson

Son
born on May 24, 1991

Dobie Langenkamp

Father
worked for US President Jimmy Carter divorced from Langenkamp's mother in 1987

Mary Langenkamp

Mother
divorced from Langenkamp's father in 1987

Daniel Langenkamp

Brother
born c. 1969 as of 2001 was a graduate student matriculating in Pakistan

Matthew Langenkamp

Brother
born c. 1967 works in Hong Kong

Lucy Langenkamp

Sister
born c. 1975 as of 2001 was studying art in Tibet

Alan Pascua

Husband
born in 1952 married in 1984 divorced in 1986

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , California 1989
took a leave of absence after her first Christmas break to pursue acting

National Cathedral High School

Washington , Washington D.C.

Holland Hall

Tulsa , Oklahoma

Milestones

2001

Began operating Malibu Gum Co., which packages chewing gum with trading cards of local surfing personalities; shoots photographs of the surfers

1994

Played herself as the star of "Wes Craven's New Nightmare"

1994

Starred as ice skater Nancy Kerrigan in the TV-movie, "Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story"

1988

Cast as a regular on the ABC family sitcom, "Just the Ten of Us", a spin-off from "Growing Pains"

1987

Reprised the role of Nancy Thompson in "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors"

1985

Co-starred in "Suburban Beat", a busted pilot about four concerned housewives who fight crime

1984

TV-movie debut, "Passions", playing the daughter of Richard Crenna and Joanne Woodward

1984

Starred as Nancy Thompson in Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

1983

Played first substantial feature role, starring in the romantic drama "Nickel Mountain"

1983

Enrolled in Stanford University

1983

Saw an ad seeking film extras while working as a copy girl for the Tulsa Tribune (date approximate)

1983

Contacted by producer Fred Roos ("The Outsiders", "Rumble Fish") during Christmas break; urged to move to L.A. and get an agent (date approximate)

1983

Landed a small (uncredited) speaking part in Coppola's "Rumble Fish"

1983

Cast as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders"

Spent her high school years in Washington, DC where her father worked for President Carter in the Department of Energy

Bonus Trivia

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"Since the original "Nightmare on Elm Street", the actress worked steadily ... without ever regaining the widespread notoriety of her debut. 'It's sad when your first job is so wonderful and the rest of the way down the line you have to struggle to find that again,' she says. 'I'd made one feature before "A Nightmare on Elm Street", but it was a low-budget thing that was never released. So I knew going in that the first "Nightmare" would be my real debut. I was pretty nervous but Wes put me at ease. He was an easy person to get along with, and I was completely convinced of his sincerity at all times. I can't really say that about the third film.'"--From "Craven's Nightmare: Elm Street Actress" by Dale Kutzera, Imag-Movies, Fall 1994.

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"Craven had initially contacted her about reprising her role in "Dream Warriors", which he was writing at the time, but a disagreement with New Line caused him to be replaced by Chuck Russell, who toned down the Nancy character from an independent fighter to a nearly emotionless woman. 'Chuck wanted to present my character as a cool, strong personality,' she says. 'I can relate to the idea, but on film it came across too dispassionate. One critic referred to my performance as callow, and I agree. Her emotional depth wasn't as great as I would have liked. Every time I tried to make her bolder, Chuck would rein me in. That was his choice, and I had to respect his wishes, as much as I didn't want to at times.'"--From "Craven's Nightmare: Elm Street Actress" by Dale Kutzera, Imag-Movies, Fall 1994.

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Langenkamp received numerous threatening letters from an obsessed fan after the cancellation of "Just the Ten of Us" (ABC, 1988-90). Craven worked this incident into the screenplay of "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" as a major subplot.

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