Heather Langenkamp was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it was there in 1982 that she received her first professional roles as an actor in two Francis Ford Coppola movies, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. As a student at Stanford University, Heather continued to pursue her acting career with frequent trips to Los Angeles and landed her first leading role in the independent film, Nickel Mountain. Roles in television pilots, commercials, and television movies followed until 1984 when Heather was cast by director Wes Craven to play iconic teenager, Nancy Thompson, in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Her character would return two times to the franchise—in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994).
Heather is married to award winning Special Effects Make-Up artist David Leroy Anderson. After devoting herself to family life she joined David as a partner at his award winning Make Up FX lab, AFX Studio. Over the past 15 years, AFX Studio has created zombies, monsters and special character make-ups for Dawn of the Dead, Dead Silence, Cinderella Man, Angels and Demons, Mission Impossible, Frost/Nixon, and Cabin in the Woods to name a few. Recent highlights include JJ Abrams Star Trek into Darkness and the 2014-2017 seasons of American Horror Story.
Heather has also produced two documentary films, the first being the Saturn award-winning Elm Street retrospective Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010). Her interest in the pop culture aspects of Elm Street continued with a second, more personal project entitled I Aam Nancy (2011) that she co-directed. This award winning documentary looks into the world of horror conventions, toy marketing and fandom, and asks the question, “Why Freddymania and not Nancymania?” Heather took her camera crew to six locations (including England and Germany) to interview hundreds of fans, as well as Robert Englund and Wes Craven to understand the great love that people hold for A Nightmare on Elm Street and the iconic role Nancy plays in her battle with Freddy Krueger.
In 2014, Heather wrote, art directed and produced her first music video, entitled The Minista by the young band, IRONTOM. The video was instrumental in showcasing the talented artists and procuring them a US tour.
Heather continues to act and produce and can be seen in recent projects such as The Butterfly Room with Barbara Steele, Home, Flashlight with Bill Moseley and in the upcoming Hellraiser: Judgement and Truth or Dare.
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