Amy Locane

Amy Rose Locane (born December 19, 1971) is an American television and film actress known for her role in John Waters' 1990 musical comedy Cry-Baby. In 1992, Locane portrayed of Sandy Harling in the first season of the prime time soap opera Melrose Place. She appeared in the 1992 film School Ties alongside Matt Damon and Brendan Fraser, as the object of their affections.

Amy Locane
Amy Rose Locane

(1971-12-19) December 19, 1971 (age 49)
Alma materVilla Victoria Academy
Years active1984–2005
2009, 2020
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Mark Bovenizer
(m. 2008; div. 2017)

In September 2020, Locane began serving a eight-year sentence for a fatal DUI car accident that occurred in 2010. She had previously been sentenced to three years in prison, of which she served two and a half, and was re-sentenced due to the leniency of the original sentence.[1]

Early life and careerEdit

Locane was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and graduated from Villa Victoria Academy.[2] By age 12, she had performed in more than 60 commercials before being cast as a series regular on the sitcom Spencer (1984).

In 1989, Locane made her big screen debut in the independent teen drama film Lost Angels starring opposite Adam Horovitz. The following year, Locane had a lead role opposite Johnny Depp as Allison Vernon-Williams in John Waters' romantic comedy film Cry-Baby.[3][4] The film was a commercial failure, but has since become a cult classic. She twice played the girlfriend of Brendan Fraser, in the films School Ties (1992) and Airheads (1994).

In 1992, Locane was a member of the original cast of the Fox prime time soap opera Melrose Place but left the series after only 13 episodes.[5] She played Jessica Lange's daughter in the 1994 drama film Blue Sky.[6] She played the young lover of Dennis Hopper in the 1996 film Carried Away. In 1997, she starred alongside Ben Affleck and Rose McGowan in Going All the Way and with Jared Leto in Prefontaine. In 1998, she starred in the black comedy Bongwater and fantasy horror Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy. Locane returned to television starring in the Christmas movie Ebenezer opposite Jack Palance. Her later credits include The Heist (2001) and Secretary (2002).

Personal lifeEdit

In 2006, Locane became engaged to businessman Mark Bovenizer and subsequently retired from acting in films. She acted occasionally in local community theater near their Hopewell, New Jersey, home and appeared in two eight-minute shorts released in 2009.[7] They have two daughters, born in 2007 and 2009.[8][9]

DUI car accident and legal issuesEdit

On June 27, 2010, at 9:05 pm Locane-Bovenizer was involved in a fatal motor vehicle collision in Montgomery, New Jersey.[10][11] Locane was driving 53 miles per hour (85 km/h) in a 35-mile-per-hour (56 km/h) zone and rapidly closed on the car driven by Fred Seeman, which was traveling at 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h) as it made a left-hand turn in front of her to enter his driveway. The crash killed Seeman's wife, 60-year-old Helene Seeman.[11]

Following the crash, testing revealed Locane's blood alcohol level was .23 percent, nearly three times the limit for legal impairment.[12] In December 2010, Locane was indicted for aggravated manslaughter and assault by automobile.[7] On November 27, 2012, a Somerset County jury convicted Locane of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.[12] On February 14, 2013, she was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime, with Montgomery Superior Court Judge Robert B. Reed imposing less than the minimum five-year sentence due to mitigating factors that included consideration of her children's welfare.[13][14][15] Locane served her sentence at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women and was released on parole on June 12, 2015.[16] Late in 2015 following Locane's release from prison, her husband filed for divorce and for custody of their two daughters.[17]

On July 22, 2016, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that the three-year sentencing would be re-reviewed due to what the court felt was an inadequate explanation by Reed for leniency.[18] Upon review, Reed stated in September 2016 that he had erred in his decision and that she should serve an additional six months.[15] On January 13, 2017, however, Reed ruled Locane would not have to go back to prison, saying her conduct since her release indicated she was not a threat to society.[19] Speaking later about the crash and victims, Locane said the memory of Helen Seeman will "be forever in her thoughts."[20] In February 2019, Locane was re-sentenced to five years behind bars but remained free on bail pending an appeal.[21]

On July 22, 2020 an appeals court ruled that a different judge incorrectly resentenced Locane in 2019 and sent the case back for another sentencing. The ruling issued also rejected Locane’s argument that sentencing her again violates double jeopardy protections since she had already completed her sentence and parole term. James Wronko, Locane's attorney, said he would appeal to the state Supreme Court, a process that could take several months to play out.

On September 17, 2020, Locane was sentenced to eight years in New Jersey state prison after a judge agreed with prosecutors that Locane's initial sentence was too lenient. New Jersey state law requires Locane to serve more than six years before being eligible for parole.[22]

On January 31, 2021, Locane emailed Eric Brenner from prison after appearing on his show Breaking News Los Angeles. [23] Responding to his suggestion that he approach Howard Stern for help; "Howard actually spoke up one morning after Carried Away came out. I didn't hear him, but he was supposedly very supportive of me."



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Lost Angels Cheryl Anderson
1990 Cry-Baby Allison Vernon-Williams
1991 No Secrets Jennifer
1992 School Ties Sally Wheeler
1994 Airheads Kayla
1994 Blue Sky Alex Marshall Filmed in 1990
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture
1995 Criminal Hearts Keli
1996 Carried Away Catherine Wheeler
1997 Going All the Way Buddy Porter
1997 Prefontaine Nancy Alleman
1997 The Girl Gets Moe Beth
1998 Bongwater Jennifer
1998 Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy Margaret Trelawny
1999 Implicated Ann Campbell
2001 The Heist Lucy
2002 Secretary Lee's Sister
2002 Bad Karma Carly Campbell
2005 Throttle Molly Weaver
2009 Visiting Julia Short film
2009 Coffee Sarah Short film
2020 Cooties Christine Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1984−1985 Spencer Andrea Winger Also known as Under One Roof
Series regular, 13 episodes
1985 Young People's Specials Karen Episode: "Narc"
1985 Special Treat Bridget Frommer Episode: "Out of Time"
1988 Hothouse Nancy 3 episodes
1992 Melrose Place Sandy Louise Harling Series regular, 13 episodes
1997 End of Summer Alice Television film
1998 Ebenezer Erica Marlowe Television film
1998 Route 9 Sally Hogan Television film
1999 Touched by an Angel Stella Episode: "The Compass"
2003 Mystery Woman Tracy Stenning Television film
2005 Alien Express Rosie Holden Television film


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  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (April 6, 1990). "Picket-Fence America, As Seen by John Waters". The New York Times.
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  19. ^ Hutchinson, Dave (2017-01-17). "'Melrose Place' actress won't serve more time for fatal crash". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  20. ^ Hutchinson, Dave (2017-01-18). "'Melrose Place' actress breaks silence on fatal DWI crash". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  21. ^ Lieu, Amy (2019-02-16). "'Melrose Place' actress Amy Locane to serve more time for fatal DUI crash". Fox News. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  22. ^ "'Melrose Place' actress Amy Locane headed back to prison for drunken fatal crash a decade ago". 17 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.

23. Breaking News: Actress Amy Locane Emails Eric Brenner from Prison

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