Just A Minute With: Former pin-up Heather Thomas eyes comeback

Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:02am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Heather Thomas, once America's most popular pin-up girl, has her sights set on a return to acting, hoping that the stalkers who scared her out of the public spotlight 20 years ago have lost interest.

Thomas, 52, played Jody in the TV series "The Fall Guy" for six years in the 1980s.

But she said numerous incidents with stalkers prompted her to quit acting, look after her family and focus on writing, first screenplays and now a novel, "Trophies," about Hollywood wives and fundraising, which is out in paperback this month.

She spoke to Reuters about writing and acting:

Q: How did you get into writing?

A: "I went to UCLA film school, that is my background, and I wrote a lot there -- plays, screenplays, TV scripts. So when I had about 45 restraining orders out and I was on everything from a toilet seat cover to an ashtray -- and I was in love, and had two little girls -- I decided to give it up and write for a while."

Q: Did you miss acting?

A: "Yes, I yearn for acting, I crave acting but I wanted to try this for a while. I started writing scripts and I have sold everything I have pitched or written, but whether they will ever be made is still up in the air. That is how it goes in Hollywood. There are lots of scripts that take a long time to get made."

Q: Why did you decide to write a novel?   Continued...

<p>Actress Heather Thomas arrives at a gala dinner and fashion show hosted by Barney's of New York and Nina Ricci to benefit the Rape Foundation in Los Angeles, California April 26, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>