Heather Langenkamp

Heather Elizabeth Langenkamp is an American actress, writer, director, disc jockey, and producer. Although she has acted in many film genres, she is primarily known for her work in horror films, in addition to her work on television sitcoms. Langenkamp has been referred to as a scream queen and was inducted into the Fangoria Chainsaw Hall of Fame in 1995. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while working for the Tulsa Tribune at the age of 18, she appeared as an extra in the Francis Ford Coppola productions The Outsiders and Rumble Fish; while attending Stanford University, she played her first leading role in the little-seen Nickel Mountain. Her breakthrough role was as the resourceful 15-year-old heroine Nancy Thompson in Wes Craven's slasher film A Nightmare on Elm Street—the first film in the franchise of the same name. She reprised her role as Nancy in the third film and appeared as a fictionalized version of herself in the meta film Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

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