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Heather Langenkamp (born July 17, 1964) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her role as Nancy Thompson from the A Nightmare on Elm Street films. She served as executive producer and narrator to the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.

She also played Marie Lubbock on the sitcom Just the Ten of Us and has had numerous television guest appearances.

Early life

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.[1][2][3] Langenkamp attended Holland Hall School in Tulsa.[4] She graduated from The National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C.[5]

A Nightmare on Elm Street

While she was studying at Stanford University, Wes Craven cast her as teen heroine Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street, the first film in the series as he wanted someone very 'non-Hollywood' to play Nancy. He believed that Langenkamp met this quality.[6] For the part, she beat out more than 200 actresses.[7] The film, follows the story of a group of teenagers who are killed in their dreams one-by-one by a supernatural serial killer. The film was a slasher film.

The film introduced the iconic villain Freddy Krueger, played by Robert Englund. Johnny Depp, in his feature film debut, played Nancy Thompson's boyfriend, Glen Lantz. Veteran film actor John Saxon played Nancy's father, police lieutenant Donald Thompson. The film was both a critical and commercial success, earning a total of $25 million at the American box office.[8] In 1985, she received the Best Actress Award at the Avoriaz Film Festival for this role.[9] She also became one of the original scream queens.

She continued her role as Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), in which she co-starred alongside Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne, and Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994), in which she played herself, and through events in the narrative, she is compelled to reprise her role as Nancy Thompson.[10] John Saxon also returned with Langenkamp in Dream Warriors and New Nightmare.

Other film work

Langenkamp's first acting venture was in her late teens: a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders (1983), filmed to a large extent in her hometown of Tulsa. She then starred in Nickel Mountain (1984).

In 1989, she had a cameo role as a victim in Wes Craven's Shocker. She recently performed a leading role in the film, The Butterfly Room, directed by Jonathan Zarantanello, now in post production. The film also stars Barbara Steele who plays her mother.

Langenkamp and her husband, David Leroy Anderson, own and operate AFX Studio, a Special F/X Make-Up firm that is credited with the special make-up for such films as Dawn of the Dead, The Cabin in the Woods, Cinderella Man, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Frost/Nixon, Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Dragonfly and Angels and Demons. She also starred in, executive produced, and narrated the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, which was directed by Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch.[11][12][13]

Langenkamp is directing a biographical documentary entitled I Am Nancy.[14]

Television career

In between starring roles, she played Marie Lubbock on the television series Just the Ten of Us, a spin-off of the popular situation comedy Growing Pains (on which Langenkamp guest-starred), from 1988 to 1990. That same year, she and her castmates were nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special. She has also made numerous other guest appearances on television.

Personal life

Langenkamp is a businesswoman, who acts part-time. She and her husband own AFX Studio, a Special F/X Make-Up Studio in Los Angeles. Years ago, she created and ran The Malibu Gum Factory, now closed, which sold chewing gum packaged with trading cards depicting local surfers.

Many elements of the plot for Wes Craven's New Nightmare are based on an incident in which Langenkamp was stalked by a fan.[15]

Filmography

Actress

Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Outsiders Scenes Deleted
1984 Nickel Mountain Callie Wells
A Nightmare on Elm Street Nancy Thompson
Passions Beth TV movies
1985 Suburban Beat Hope Sherman
1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Erica Episode: "Have You Tried Talking to Patty?"
ABC Afterschool Specials Paula Finkle Episode: "Can a Guy Say No?"
Heart of the City Cathy TV movie
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Nancy Thompson
Hotel Monica Episode: "Desperate Moves"
The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Tracy Episode: "Beans Ges to Camp"
1988 Just the Ten of Us Marie Lubbock 47 episodes (1988–1990)
Growing Pains Marie Episode: "How the West Was Won: Part 1"
Episode: "How the West Was Won: Part 2"
1989 Shocker Victim
1990 Growing Pains Amy Boutilier Episode: "Let's Go to Europe: Part 1"
Episode: "Let's Go to Europe: Part 2"
Episode: "Let's Go to Europe: Part 3"
1994 Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story Nancy Kerrigan TV movie
Wes Craven's New Nightmare Herself Portraying her real self with fictional storyline
1995 The Demolitionist Christy Carruthers
1997 Perversions of Science Lou Ann Solomon Episode: "Ultimate Weapon"
1999 Partners Suzanne Episode: "Always..."
Fugitive Mind Suzanne Hicks Video
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Waitress Episode: "Genesis"
2002 JAG Janet Thompson Episode: "Odd Man Out"
2007 The Bet Heather Langenkamp
2010 The Butterfly Room Dorothy Post Production
2013 Star Trek into Darkness Moto Post Production [16]

Production Crew

Year Title Notes
2004 Dawn of the Dead
2011 The Cabin in the Woods

Make-up Artist

Year Title
2007 Evan Almighty

Self

Year Title
1988 Circus of the Stars#13
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare
1999 Welcome to the Primetime
2004 Super Secret Movie Rules: Slashers
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments
E! True Hollywood Story
2005 The Perfect Scary Movie
2006 The House That Freddy Built
Never Sleep Again: The Making of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'
2010 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
I Am Nancy


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