Heather Langenkamp (Actress) - A Nightmare on Elm Street
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Updated: 10/19/17

Name: Heather Langenkamp

Born: July 17, 1964, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Claim To Fame: She is best known for her role as Nancy Thompson from the A Nightmare on Elm Street films, and also known for her role as Marie Lubbock on the sitcom Just the Ten of Us.

Family Life: She was married to Alan Pasqua (1984-1987). She has been married to makeup artist David LeRoy Anderson since 1989. They have a son David and a daughter Isabelle.

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Info: She first started acting in her late teens with a role in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders (1983), although her scenes were deleted. The next year she starred in Nickel Mountain. She was studying at Stanford University when she got her big break in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, playing teen heroine Nancy Thompson.

She reprised this role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), in which she co-starred alongside Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne.

Langenkamp also found success playing Marie Lubbock on the television series Just the Ten of Us from 1988 to 1990. The show received critical acclaim and has gained a cult following.

In 1994, she starred as herself in the critically and commercially successful film Wes Craven's New Nightmare alongside Robert Englund.

Langenkamp and her husband own and operate AFX Studio, a Special F/X Make-Up firm that is credited with the special make-up for many successful films such 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.

In 2010, she was the executive producer of the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. She also starred in and narrated the documentary. Also that year, she made her documentary, which was titled I Am Nancy, which focused on her role as Nancy from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

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Trivia: 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, and as Director of the National Energy & Environmental Law & Policy Institute of the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Has German, English, and Scottish ancestry.

Graduated from The National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C.

Received the 1985 Best Actress Award at the Avoriaz Film Festival for her iconic role as Nancy Thompson.

Became one of the original scream queens.

Many elements of the plot for Wes Craven's New Nightmare are based on an incident in Langenkamp received numerous threatening letters from an obsessed fan after the cancellation of "Just the Ten of Us".

Her voice appears three times in the song "Are You Ready for Freddy" by the Fat Boys, which plays at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988).

Took her seven years to receive her English degree from Stanford University because she was working at the same time.

Where Are They Now: Langenkamp is going back to her horror film roots with an appearance in the recently completed Hellraiser: Judgment, the 10th film in the series.

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