Tom, Heather 1975–

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TOM, Heather 1975–


Born November 4, 1975, in Hinsdale, IL; daughter of Charles and Marie Tom; sister of David Tom (an actor) and Nicholle Tom (an actress). Education: Attended University of California Los Angeles; studied with Diane Hardin at Young Actor's Space and with Margrit Pollak at Strasberg Institute; also trained at Academy of Music and Dance. Avocational Interests: Reading, collecting art.


Agent—J. Cast Productions, 2550 Greenvalley Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Publicist—Thomas De Lorenzo, SmartPR, 8033 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1033, Los Angeles, CA 90046.


Actress and producer. Creative Outlet Theatre, Los Angeles, founding member, 1996; toured U.S. cities as an instructor of improvisation, scene study, and on–camera acting. Appeared in commercials, beginning at age two; performed with Seattle Children's Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Also worked at a cookie shop. Childhelp USA, regional ambassador; also affiliated with Caring for Babies with AIDS, Project Angelfood, Tuesday's Child, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Rock the Vote.

Awards, Honors:

Youth in Film Award nomination, best youth actress in a soap opera, 1992; Daytime Emmy awards, outstanding younger actress in a drama series, 1993 and 1999, Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, outstanding younger leading actress, 1993 and 1994, Young Artist Award nominations, Young Artist Foundation, best young actress in a daytime series, 1993, best youth actress in a soap opera, 1994, and best performance by a young actress in a television drama series, 1996, Daytime Emmy Award nominations, outstanding younger actress in a drama series, 1997, 1998, and 2000, Soap Opera Digest Award, outstanding younger lead actress, 1997, and Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 2004, all for The Young and the Restless; Robbie Theatre L.A. Award nomination, best actress, for Gila.


Television Appearances; Series:

Victoria Nicole Newman, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R), CBS, 1991–2003.

Kelly Cramer Buchanan, One Life to Live, ABC, 2003—.

Kelly Cramer Buchanan, a recurring role, All My Children, ABC, 2004—.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Caroline McMillan, She'll Take Romance (also known as I'll Take Romance), ABC, 1990.

Kathy Acton, Deadly Whispers, CBS, 1995.

Television Appearances; Specials:

CBS Soap Break, CBS, 1996.

Promiscuity … Laying It on the Line, Black Entertainment Television, 1998.

Herself, Assignment E! with Leeza Gibbons: The Thinning of Hollywood, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Bikini contestant, Summer Music Mania 2003, Fox, 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1994.

Presenter, The 11th Annual Soap Opera Awards, NBC, 1995.

The 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1998.

The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1999.

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2000.

The 18th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Kids Incorporated, The Disney Channel, 1984.

Divorce Court, syndicated, 1986.

Trial by Jury, syndicated, 1987.

Heather Harper, "Heather Can Wait," Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1989.

Herself, "Death in the Daytime," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1995.

Soap Pads, Home and Garden Television, 1999.

Herself, The De Palma Forum at UNLV, PBS, 2000.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Melody Thomas Scott, Lifetime, 2003.

Allison, "Painless," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Appeared in Politically Incorrect, Comedy Central and ABC; and in Scarborough Country, MSNBC.

Stage Appearances:

Daisy, Biloxi Blues, Los Angeles production, 1996.

Laura, The Glass Menagerie, Los Angeles production, 1998.

Gila, Los Angeles, 1998.

Talking With (benefit performance), Court Theatre, Los Angeles, 2003.

Allison, Prymate, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Catherine, Proof, TheatreFest, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ, 2004.

Polyxena, Hecuba, Forty–Five Bleecker Street Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Appeared as Betsy, Lemonade; and as Mary, Vanities, Creative Outlet Theatre, Los Angeles. Appeared in Moonchild, New York International Fringe Festival, New York City; and in Pinocchio II, Center Stage USA. Also appeared in Class of 1990 and Out of Gas on Lovers Leap.

Major Tours:

Toured as Mary, Vanities, U.S. and Canadian cities.

Stage Producer:

Biloxi Blues, Los Angeles production, 1996.

Gila, Los Angeles, 1998.

Talking With (benefit performance), Court Theatre, Los Angeles, 2003.

Producer of Vanities, Creative Outlet Theatre, Los Angeles; also produced Scooter Thomas Makes It to the Top of the World.

Film Appearances:

Lookin' Good, c. 1992.

Some sources cite an appearance in the films Lessie's Rainbow.



Soap Opera Digest, May 20, 1997, p. 46; August 24, 1999, p. 128.


Heather Tom Home Page,, November 8, 2004.