Inside the life of Heather Locklear and her look-a-like daughter Ava

Heather Locklear was a familiar face on our TV screens throughout the ’80s and ’90s.

The California-born actress was a sensation back in the day, best known worldwide for her role as the glamorous Sammy Jo Carrington on the long-running TV show Dynasty.

But did you know Heather has a daughter who looks just like her?

Heather Locklear was born in Los Angeles in 1961. Now, at 61, the 1980s bombshell is still going strong.

She made her early screen appearances in the early 1980s, achieving her big breakthrough with Dynasty. Playing Sammy Jo Carrington launched her to stardom – Heather looked like an angel with the real-life face of a Disney princess.

Some might have seen her as just another pretty blonde TV actress, but her badass personality on Melrose Place made every scene she appeared in more exciting.

Heather received four Golden Globe nominations for her role as the cold-hearted Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, proving she had acting chops. However, her career can’t be fully understood without considering her private life.

In the 1980s, Heather often dated rock stars. She married Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, whom she divorced in 1993, and then married Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora.

They tied the knot in 1994 in a civil ceremony in New Jersey, followed by a formal wedding in Paris. The Melrose Place star wore a candlelight white gown designed by Nolan Miller, the same designer behind Dynasty’s lavish costumes.

Heather and Richie were married for 13 years and had one child, daughter Ava Sambora.

Ava Elizabeth Sambora was born on October 4, 1997. She didn’t have an average childhood, often seen on stage during Jon Bon Jovi concerts. Sometimes, she introduced the band and even danced with the members.

Being the daughter of two big stars could have been a nightmare, but Ava turned out well. She is a smart and highly-educated woman.

In high school, she loved being a cheerleader, saying, “I like being thrown in the air! It’s an adrenaline rush,” to Teen Vogue.

In 2020, Ava graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s in psychology, achieving a 4.0 GPA. She then pursued a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at the University of Southern California.

Ava has also ventured into acting, following in her mother’s footsteps.

At 25, she made her acting debut in the movie This Is 40 and walked the runway for her father’s clothing line, “White Trash Beautiful,” at Los Angeles Fashion Weekend.

In 2020, Ava posted an image of herself in a dress holding tulips, attracting thousands of comments noting her resemblance to her famous mom.

Posing in a leopard-print dress with her long blonde hair in a ponytail, she captioned: “I like flowers,” tagging her friend Sarah Wermers.

One follower commented: “You truly are a stunning beauty, taking after your beautiful mother!!”

Recent photos and videos show Ava with Heather’s TJ Hooker looks from back in the day.

“My gosh she is her mother, even her voice sounds like Heather’s,” one person commented during an ET interview with Ava.

Some people note the resemblance, while others think Ava and Heather each have their unique beauty.

Heather recently congratulated her daughter on Instagram for her graduation from LMU, sharing several pictures.

Ava seems like a pleasant young woman with her priorities straight. She and her mother share a close bond. In 2018, she told US Weekly she’d “love to follow in my mother’s footsteps” career-wise.

Her latest acting credit is from 2020, when Ava starred in the independent crime-thriller A Dark Foe with Selma Blair. Hopefully, we will see more of this talented woman in the future!

Along with her impressive academic achievements and budding film career, Ava has also found her soulmate. According to SCMP, she’s in a relationship with Tyler Farrar, an investment associate at Pacific Partners Real Estate Investments. The couple has been dating since 2019.

Recent images of Ava evoke great memories of the ’80s – seeing Ava is like taking a step back in time.

Could you get better-looking DNA from parents? Maybe only Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber!