While at UCLA, she began modeling and working in commercials for the school store. She made her earliest screen appearances in the early s with small roles in episodes of CHiPs , Robert , and Eight Is Enough , before beginning a long-term collaboration with Aaron Spelling.
Spelling cast her in the role of Sammy Jo Dean during the second season of his TV series Dynasty , and the following year, he cast her in the cop show T.
Hooker with William Shatner. Until the mids, Locklear appeared as a series regular on T. Hooker, while making semiregular appearances on Dynasty. Hooker ended in , she became a full-time cast member on Dynasty until its cancellation in In , the cast of Dynasty including Locklear reconvened for the four-hour miniseries Dynasty: In , she began playing what was another of her best-known roles, that of Amanda Woodward on Aaron Spelling's drama series Melrose Place, which was a spin-off of Beverly Hills, Spelling originally signed Locklear for a limited four-episode run, the first of which aired on January 27, Locklear became a full-time cast member though she continued to be billed as "Special Guest Star" in the opening credits until its cancellation in Throughout her career, Locklear has appeared in eight television productions made by Aaron Spelling, these being Dynasty, T.
Locklear was the guest host on Saturday Night Live on May 14, Locklear also made a cameo in Wayne's World 2 in In , she appeared as the main guest on Muppets Tonight , performing in a muppet-style spoof of Melrose entitled "Muppet Heights". Locklear was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine on May 19, , as Melrose Place reached the height of its popularity. True Hollywood Story special. Fox and later opposite Charlie Sheen.
In , Locklear had a brief recurring role on the sitcom Scrubs. In , she starred in a pilot for her own comedy series, Once Around the Park, but this was unsuccessful. The same year, Locklear appeared in the theatrical film Uptown Girls.
She then starred in the short-lived television drama series LAX set in the airport of the same name. She was also executive producer on the series, but it was cancelled after 11 episodes.
The same year, she had a brief recurring role on the series Boston Legal , which starred her former T. Hooker co-star William Shatner. She was also featured in a Biography Channel special.
In , Locklear starred in another television pilot, Women of a Certain Age, but this was unsuccessful. She appeared in the music video for country singer Toby Keith's single "Crash Here Tonight" that same year. In , Locklear made another pilot for ABC , See Jayne Run, about a business woman who juggles a career with single motherhood, but this was also unsuccessful. Beginning on November 17, , she reprised her role as Amanda Woodward and appeared in eight episodes.
Ten years after the end of the original Melrose Place, Amanda Woodward is now a partner in a public relations firm, and is both mentor and tormentor to a young underling, Ella, played by Katie Cassidy. In , Locklear featured in a public service announcement titled "We Are, Sarah Jones" in memory of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed in an accident on the set of Midnight Rider on February 20,