Heather Tom was born on November 4, 1975 in Hinsdale, Illinois. She has two younger twin siblings, David (ex-Paul, OLTL; ex-Billy, Y&R) and Nicholle (ex-Maggie, “The Nanny,” Beethoven, Beethoven 2). From first starring in Huggie’s commercials, to becoming a two-time Emmy award winning actress, Heather’s career is a patterned rise from child model to television star, film performer, theatrical performer, and producer. At the age of 10 her family moved to Seattle where she performed with the Seattle Children’s Theatre, starring in the Nutcracker Suite. As her acting talents progressed, Heather began appearing in guest star roles in various television shows including: Who’s the Boss? (1984), Kid’s Incorporated (1984), Trial by Jury (1987) and Divorce Court (1986) . When her family moved to California in 1989, she studied at the famed Strasberg Institute and took lessons with Diane Hardin at the Young Actor’s Space. In 1991, when Heather was 15 years old, she joined the cast of The Young and the Restless taking on the role of Victoria Newman, a role that earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards and six nominations in the Outstanding Younger Actress category. Currently, Heather holds the record for being the most Emmy Award Nominated actress under the age of thirty! Heather has also received four Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, and won the honor in 1997 for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress. She also received three nominations for the Young Artist award. In November of 2003, Heather joined the ABC network to begin her adventures as Kelly Cramer on “One Life To Live”.
An accomplished stage actress, her stage credits include a lead role in Pinocchio II for Center Stage USA. She also starred in the Los Angeles premiere of The Glass Menagerie as well as starring roles in Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap and Vanities at the Creative Outlet Theater in Los Angeles, a company which she co-founded. She produced both productions, as well as Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World. Along with her friend, Chad Allen (DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN), Heather produced a revival of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues as well as appearing in the play as “Daisy.” The revival won five Dramalogue Awards. Heather produced and starred in Gila, a play by Mark Medoff. Through this role, she became fluent in sign language and won a Robbie Theatre L.A. Award nomination for Best Actress. The relationship with Mark Medoff’s Gila, now entitled Prymate, continued when she starred in Florida State University’s production. Heather also produced the play Talking With, in which she co-starred with 10 daytime leading ladies, including former Y&R co-stars Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia). She loves performing theater and most recently starred in: Moonchild, Proof, and Hecuba.
Heather has been in two made for television movies: She’ll Take Romance, playing the role of Caroline and Deadly Whispers, playing the role of Kathy Acton. She also performed in numerous theatrical motion pictures including Lookin’ Good, Lessie’s Rainbow, and Class of 1990. In 1996, Heather along with Chad Allen and Craig Wargo, established a company for young actors and writers called The Creative Outlet Theatre. The Creative Outlet fosters and produces live theater, providing a forum for young actors and writers. The company places young people in all positions, producing, directing, designing, and acting.
Heather is devoted to helping people who do not have the opportunities or options that she has. Recently Heather was named Regional Ambassador for Childhelp USA, a national non-profit organization that assists abused children. Heather also works very closely with several AIDS service organizations such as Caring for Babies with AIDS, Project Angelfood, Tuesday’s Child and AIDS Project Los Angeles. She has volunteered in the kitchen at Project Angelfood helping to prepare meals for those who are disabled by AIDS many times as well as appearing and working at fund-raisers for many organizations. In 2003, Heather founded Daytime for Planned Parenthood, a committee that promotes a woman’s right to choose.
Her acting career and charity works are only two of Heather’s passions. Politics could easily tie for first or second place in her affections. Heather loves to discuss politics, but she does more than “talk the talk”. A political activist, Heather is a frequent contributor on MSNBC’s SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY and was a frequent guest on POLITICALLY INCORRECT. In the Congressional elections, Heather worked very closely with Congressman Loretta Sanchez’s campaign,“Rock the Vote” (to help get out the younger voters. Heather worked with Rock the Vote to help register young adults to vote) and most recently, She Votes. She was involved in Gore’s 2000 campaign and worked with John Kerry’s 2004 campaign going door to door. Heather also spends hours reading plays, scripts and classical literature. She is also an avid art collector who has amassed an impressive collection of sculpture, painting and prints. At twenty-nine, Heather’s talent, classic beauty and passion for acting has captured worldwide attention and transformed her from a fledgling, adolescent actress into a budding international sensation in the entertainment industry.