Heather Langenkamp was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she got her start in acting when she was cast as an extra in the Francis Ford Coppola films "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish" which were both filmed in Tulsa.
While studying at Stanford University Heather rose to international prominence when Wes Craven cast her as Nancy Thompson in "A Nightmare on Elm Street". After a string of television guest appearances, she returned as Nancy in the 1987 sequel "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors".
Subsequently, she became known for her role as the moralistic Marie Lubbock on the ABC television series "Just the Ten of Us", a spin-off of the popular ABC situation comedy "Growing Pains" on which she had guest-starred.
The following year, she had a supporting role as the reporter Christy Carruthers in the horror film "The Demolitionist" She has also served as executive producer and narrator for the documentary "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy" followed by roles in "The Butterfly Room", "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Truth or Dare".
She has been married to David LeRoy Anderson since 1990. They have two children and live in Malibu.