The Young & the Restless
“I have loved my time in New York City and I have been so lucky to have known and worked with some of the best people in daytime. The love and support from everyone on the set, and from my fans, has meant more to me than anyone can imagine.” Heather Tom
Daytime Emmy award winning American actress Heather Tom first came to fame playing Victoria Newman on “The Young and the Restless,” which she portrayed from 1991 to 1993. The role brought her nine Daytime Emmy nominations (won in 1993 and 1999), a Soap Opera Digest Award and three Young Artist nominations. Talking about the role of Victoria, she said, “She will always be dear to my heart. I originated the character. I threw a lot of myself into her.”
After “The Young & the Restless,” Tom took on the role of Kelly Cramer on “One Life to Live” (2003-2006), from which she earned two additional Daytime Emmy nominations and a Soap Opera Digest nomination. Currently, the actress plays Katie Logan on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2007-2010) and has received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performance on the show. In 2005, with 10 nominations under her belt, Tom created a record for having the most Daytime Emmy nominations by a performer under the age of 30.
In addition to her work on daytime television, Tom has appeared in the primetime shows “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Monk,” “The Wedding Bells” and “Ugly Betty” and in the movies “City Teacher” (2007) and “Stiffs” (2010). She has also acted in several stage productions.
“I’m heavily involved in charity work, particularly for a group called Planned Parenthood. I’ve been doing some writing, too. I wrote an article for a gay publication on 25 years of HIV and have been speaking out on women’s health.” Heather Tom
Tom has worked with several AIDS charities, such as Project Angel Food, Tuesday’s Child and AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
Heather Tom was born on November 4, 1975, in Hinsdale, Illinois, to Charles and Marie Tom. After her parents divorced, she lived with her mother and younger siblings, David and Nicole, in Chicago and Seattle before eventually moving to Los Angeles, California. The Tom children took on acting and modeling jobs to help support the family. Heather attended the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
The Bold and the Beautiful
At age 10, Heather Tom performed with the Seattle Pacific Ballet before her mother moved the family to Los Angeles. Once in L.A., the talented youth landed a guest spot in the ABS sitcom “Who's The Boss,” where she portrayed Heather Harper, the love interest of Jonathan Bower (played by Danny Pintauro) in the episode “Heather Can Wait” (1989). The next year, she made her television movie debut alongside Linda Evans, Tom Skerritt, Larry Poindexter, DeLane Matthews and Alan Blumenfeld in the ABC comedy “She'll Take Romance,” for director Piers Haggard. In the movie she played the supporting role of Caroline.
Tom's big break arrived in 1991 when she joined the cast of the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless” in the main role of Victoria Newman. As the rebellious teen daughter of Victor and Nikki Newman, Tom emerged as an immediate hit among critics and audiences. In 1993, she won her first Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and was nominated for a Young Artist for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series and a Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress. She went on to earn two more Young Artist nominations (1994 and 1996), a Soap Opera Digest nomination (1994) and three Daytime Emmy nominations (1994-1995) before deciding to take a break from the show to pursue her education and theater roles in early 1997. She rejoined the show later in 1997 and after taking home two additional Emmy nominations and a 1997 Soap Opera Digest Award, eventually won her second Daytime Emmy Award in 1999. Three years after she nabbed her next Emmy nomination, she quit “The Young & the Restless” in 2003 over a salary dispute and her character's lack of storyline and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role. Amelia Heini took her place in “Y&R.” Commenting about her replacement, Tom stated, “I haven’t seen her as Victoria, but I saw her work on ‘All My Children.’ I’m sure she is doing a great job.”
Back in 1995, while still on “Y&R,” Tom was also cast as Tony Danza and Pamela Reed's daughter, Kathy Acton, in the made for television film “Deadly Whispers” (CBS), which was adapted from a book by Ted Schwartz.
After leaving “The Young & the Restless,” Tom was hired to play Kelly Cramer Buchanan on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” created by Agnes Nixon. While on the show from December 11, 2003, to December 14, 2006, her character crossed over to ABC's “All My Children” as part of a baby swap storyline. For her work on “One Life to Life,” Tom netted two Daytime nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Soap Opera Digest nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Tom spent time off from her daytime duties by taking on other acting projects. In 2004, she played Veronica Farrow in the short film “Delusion,” directed and written by Mark Marchillo, and appeared in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” called “Painless.” She then worked with Henree Alyse, Kahshanna Evans and Emrie Foster in the 11 minute comedy “Beyond the Ladies Room Door” (2005), by Elise Bennett, and appeared in the thriller “Undone” (2006). She also played Sarah in the 14 minute “When We're Old and Love Means Nothing,” by Danny Goodman, and Jennifer Adams in the TV film “The Rival.”
In February 2007, Tom portrayed Linda Riggs in an episode of USA Network's series “Monk” called “Mr. Monk Is on the Air.” She then guest starred with her sister Nicole in two episodes of Fox's “The Wedding Bells.” On the wide screen, Tom was cast as Marsha in Juney Smith's action drama “City Teacher.” The film premiered at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival on February 12, 2007, and was shown at the Hollywood Black Film Festival on June 6, 2007.
In August 2007, Tom replaced Nancy Sloan in the role of Katherine Logan on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Initially only signed up to a three month deal, she renewed her contract through 2011. As Katie, she earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2008. In October 2008, Tom also appeared as Holly Wright in two episodes of ABC's “Ugly Betty.”
Recently, in 2010, Tom supported Danny Aiello and Jon Polito in “Stiffs,” a comedy film helmed by Frank Ciota that was written by Joseph A. Ciota. She has completed filming “The Putt Putt Syndrome” (2010), which was written and directed by Ellen Cognata. Costars in the film include Jason London, David Chokachi, Thea Gill, Karen Strassman, Julie Mintz, Veronica Diaz, Paul Diomede and Tom Gibis. She will also portray the supporting role of Lexi in the upcoming drama “Suicide Dolls” (2010), for director Keith Shaw.
“I’ve done lots and lots of theatre. I’m starting a new show in October called 'The Secret Lives of Marilyn and Jackie' in which I play Marilyn Monroe. It should be fun. We’re going to start it in Pittsburgh and then move it to New York.” Heather Tom
Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, “The Young and the Restless,” 1999
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Younger Lead Actress, “The Young and the Restless,” 1997
Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, “The Young and the Restless,” 1993