As many of you already know, two-time Emmy® award winning actress Heather Tom joins the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful in the contract role of Katie Logan. Katie is the youngest of the Logan sisters and has returned to Los Angeles for the wedding of her sister Donna (played by Jennifer Gareis) and to visit with sister Brooke (played by Katherine Kelly Lang). Her first airdate is August 30, 2007.
Soap fans will remember Tom for playing the role of Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live. She is probably best known as Victoria Newnan on The Young and the Restless. Here's what you may not know about Tom...
Tom made her Broadway debut in the Mark Medoff play, PRYMATE in 2004.
She played the role of Allison, the attractive interpreter with a secret. The play was staged at the Longacre Theatre and also starred Phyllis Freilich, James Naughton and Andre DeShields. Tom will soon be seen in the out of town tryout of THE SECRET LETTERS OF JACKIE AND MARILYN, in the role of Marilyn Monroe. Heather’s Lifetime Movie, THE RIVALS, aired in 2006.
While only 15 years old, Tom booked the coveted role of Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless. Heather was only 16 when she won an Emmy® award (Best Younger Leading Actress, 1993) for her portrayal of the tempestuous, troubled and oft-married Victoria. In 1999, Heather repeated the honor, winning her second Emmy® award. When the nominations were announced in the spring of 2000, Tom and her brother, David, became the first brother and sister to ever be nominated in the same year at the Daytime Emmys. Since that time, Tom has gone on to become the most nominated actress under the age of 35 in the Television Academy’s history, receiving eight consecutive Emmy® nominations. In total, she has received 11 nominations for an Emmy® award.
In 1997, Tom won Best Younger Leading Actress at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.
TOm’s love for acting and theatre is life long. A commercial actress at the age of two, she was dancing with the Seattle Pacific Ballet at age 10. By the time she was 13, Tom and her actor-siblings Nicholle ( (THE NANNY) and David (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) were ready to break into Hollywood. They made a temporary, trial run move to Los Angeles, found work immediately and turned an out of town tryout into a long running hit.
As a young actress, Tom studied at the Young Actor’s Space, paying for each weekly session with the money she earned working at a local cookie shop. Instantly, shelanded guest appearances on Kid’s Incorporated and Who’s The Boss? She has co-starred in two movies of the week, ABC-TV’s I’ll Take Romance and CBS-TV’s Deadly Whispers and has starred in the feature films Lessie’s Rainbow and Lookin Good. Recently, she taped an episode of the hit show, MONK.
For Tom, acting is more than playing a part. As she describes it, “the feeling of losing the audience for a moment and truly becoming connected with the scene and the character is absolutely incredible.”
Recognizing that she is fortunate to be not only a beautiful and talented actress, but also a working actress, Tom is devoted to helping people who do not have the opportunities or options that she has. In 2003, Heather created Daytime for Planned Parenthood, a committee which promotes a women’s right to choose and have access to the latest in medical care. This committee chairperson position has allowed her the chance to lobby Congress on behalf of Planned Parenthood two years in a row.
In 2004, Tom was a featured speaker at a Democratic National Convention kick off event sponsored by Planned Parenthood and the Feminist Majority. Heather also worked with SheVotes.org to get out the vote in the battleground states.
Tom also works very closely with several AIDS service organizations such as Project Angelfood, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and AIDS Project Los Angeles. She has volunteered in the kitchen at Project Angelfood helping to prepare meals for those who are disabled by AIDS many times as well as appearing and working at fund-raisers for many organizations.
Tom is also very, very politically active and was frequently featured on many political discussion shows, such as POLITICALLY INCORRECT and SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY. During the acclaimed run of POLITICALLY INCORRECT, Heather appeared a record of 5 times, sparring with such heavyweights as Lou Sheldon and Jerry Falwell. On SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY, Tom had a chance to interview Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez prior to the release of that infamous movie, GIGLI. Heather was also in the running to become a co-host on THE VIEW, after two successful appearances in October of 2003.
When she is not on a set, Tom can be found at various Southern California Flea Markets. She and her boyfriend, James Achor, formed Jane Doe Designs and are currently redecorating the star of Without a Trace, Poppy Montgomery’s, home in the Pacific Palisades. After the completion of Poppy’s home, Heather and James are already committed to several other homes in the Los Angeles area.
All we can say is when we saw her at the Daytime Emmy's she looked spectacular. Her hair was its natural chestnut brown and she was radiant. When we asked her if there was anything soapwise on the horizon for her, she smiled coyly and said something like "you never know!" (Wink, wink, nudge nudge.) Well, we know now and we couldn't be more pleased for Tom and for B&B.
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