(born September 8
in Greenwich, Connecticut
) is an American actress, screenwriter and a political activist, best known for her co-starring role of Jody Banks on the TV series The Fall Guy
Heather Thomas started acting in 1978 in small television
roles. She got her biggest part as "Jody Banks" in 1981 in Lee Majors
' The Fall Guy
television series and held that role until 1986, when the show was cancelled. She appeared in several movies and quit acting in 1998. Thomas was a phenomenally popular pin-up girl during the 1980s, appearing on numerous posters and supplanting Raquel Welch
as the most popular pin-up girl in America.
In April 2008, Thomas released her first novel, Trophies
Thomas was born to Gladdy Lou Ryder, who was a special education teacher in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
. Thomas graduated from Santa Monica High School
in 1975 and went on to attend UCLA Film School
, graduating in 1980. While at UCLA, she was a member of the Chi Omega
sorority and was romantically linked with then unknown actor Corbin Bernsen
. She overcame a cocaine addiction
in the 1980s. Thomas married entertaiment attorney Skip Brittenham in October, 1992. Their daughter, India Rose, was born on June 19, 2000.