‘Melrose Place’ star Amy Locane, charged in drunk driving death, married local boy, worked in community theater
Amy Locane, the former “Melrose Place” actress who was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide in an alleged drunk driving crash Sunday night, has been living quietly in Hopewell, N.J., west of Princeton with her husband, Mark Bovenizer, a wine educator, and their two young daughters and acting in community theater.
In fact, she had just wrapped a starring role in “Missed Connections,” by Princeton playwright Marvin Howard Cheiten at Hopewell’s Off-Broadstreet Theatre earlier Sunday.
Locane’s last film of note was a minor role in 2002’s “Secretary,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, though her career began promisingly enough, with a critically-acclaimed turn in John Waters’ “Cry Baby,” starring Johnny Depp, and roles in the teen flicks “School Ties” and
“Airheads,” both with Brendan Fraser. But she’s best known for her short-lived role as aspiring actress Sandy Harling in Fox’s ’90s hit “Melrose Place,” though she was pink-slipped after the first season.
Locane, who told police she had drunk several glasses of wine before driving Sunday evening, was also charged with third-degree assault by auto. Prior to the 9 p.m. crash that killed a passenger in another car and seriously injured the car’s driver in Montgomery, north of Princeton, Locane was involved in hit-and-run at a Princeton intersection, authorities say. She allegedly rear-ended the car, but when the other driver phoned police, Locane got in her SUV and drove off, knocking down several mailboxes.