In late 1971, viewers were greeted with a new face on the NBC series Talking With a Giant. Only fourteen at the time, Heather Thomas wowed listeners with her unique interviewing style that almost made her look professional. For those who knew, it was the first step towards an acting career that has spanned nearly four decades now. Heather Thomas is an American actress, author, and political activist, who, though renowned in the film arena, is best known for her role on the TV series, The Fall Guy (1981).
Her growing popularity attracted several contracts, more visibility and of course, more stalkers to grapple with. Well, Thomas knew just when to call it quits from the public paparazzi life. She’s settled for a more reclusive life of writing and family rearing. Which is why she slowly faded off the public eye. Yes. It was intentional. She had her full. This piece tells you more about the actress turned writer, where she is now and how much she’s worth; money-wise.
Who Is Heather Thomas?
Heather Thomas was born—Heather Anne Thomas—in Greenwich, Connecticut, the United States, on September 8, 1957, to mother, Gladdy Lou Ryder. Her mother worked as a special education teacher in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, however, the identity of her father remains unknown. Thomas attended Santa Monica High School from where she graduated in 1975. She then proceeded to UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where she trained to be a writer and film director; graduating in 1980. This was years after her first TV appearance. While attending UCLA, Thomas was an active member of the Chi Omega sorority.
Heather Thomas’ Career
Heather Thomas got her start quite early. Fortune smiled her way when, at age 14, she was chosen to host an interview series on NBC by the title, Talking with a Giant. The program involved her interviewing celebrities from several actors and actresses to athletes. In 1978, while studying at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, Heather Thomas began taking up small roles on television. It was within this period she appeared in the short-lived series Co-Ed Fever.
After Co-Ed Fever was cancelled, Thomas landed another role as Jody Banks in what would be her big break, The Fall Guy (1981). She starred alongside Lee Majors. Although cancelled in 1986, Thomas had become a household name in the TV space. But that came at a price. The then 24-year-old soon found herself in the highway of cocaine addiction and had undergone rehab during the mid-1980s. She went on to appear in no less than twenty other films, beginning with Zapped! (1982).
Her rising popularity probably gave her more than she could handle. Zapped from the freedom of normal life and bedeviled by stalkers, Heather Thomas soon gave up acting in 1998 and turned to writing and family duties. During her off-screen time, Thomas wrote a screenplay, School Slut, which she sold to Touchstone Pictures for a reportedly huge figure; sources quoted a six-figure sum.
Although Touchstone never released the film, it, however, gave Thomas the exclusive rights to produce it herself. April 2008 saw the release of her first novel, Trophies; published by William Morrow. Now settled into a writer’s life, Heather Thomas reappeared on the movie scene in 2014 with her role as Nadine Robson in the film, Girltrash: All Night Long.
Where Is She Now?
In more recent times Heather Thomas and husband, entertainment attorney, Skip Brittenham, are joint co-hosts of a monthly fund-raising breakfast meeting colloquially dubbed “L.A. Cafe”. She’s also lending her credibility to several humanitarian courses as well. She currently serves on the advisory boards of the Rape Foundation and Amazon Conservation Team. Sources have also followed her huge political giveaways, especially to Democratic candidates and other special-interest groups. Thomas has reportedly contributed over $280,000 to political candidates since 1992. Heather Thomas and husband live with their daughter, India Rose (b. June 19, 2000) in their Santa Monica mansion in California.
How Much Is Heather Thomas Worth Now?
As of 2019, sources put her net worth at $2 million. Her over three-decade career has earned her incredible amounts. Not to mention royalties from her books. Although it’s unclear how much she earns by the year, it’s safe to assume together her law-savvy husband, they are having the best of lifestyles.