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Heather Langenkamp - Overview

Date of Birth: Jul 17, 1964    
Place of Birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Nationality: United States
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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).

The Oklahoma-born Langenkamp was a copy girl for the Tulsa TRIBUNE when she learned of auditions for a film being lensed in the area. She debuted as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" and landed a speaking bit in his immediate follow-up "Rumble Fish" (both 1983).... Read More
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 - 1990
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
Starred as Nancy Thompson in Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street"


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