Romantic-comedy film writer and director Nora Ephron, with whom she has worked in You've Got Mail and Bewitched, considers Burns to be 'one of the great deadpans of all time'.
She has worked with actress Sandra Bullock in at least three films, namely Miss Congeniality (2000), Two Weeks Notice (2002), and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005).
Heather is 5' 8½" (1.74 m) tall. She has brown hair.
Apart from playing a character in Ashes, she also acted as producer and writer for the film.
Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits:
• Breaking Upwards (2009) as Hannah
• Claire (2008) as Caroline
• Watching the Detectives (2007) as Denise
• The Groomsmen (2006) as Jules
• Bewitched (2005) as Nina
• Kill the Poor (2003) as Scarlet
• With You in Spirit (2003) (TV) as Emily Burke
• You Are Here* (2000) as Lydia
• Chicks (1999) (TV) as Darcy
• Number One (1998) as Lily
She has been engaged to actor Ajay Naidu since 2006. He has been her boyfriend ever since they went to Evanston Township High School together. They both appeared in the 2005 drama Perception.
Her father, James B. Burns, is a former Chigago Bull player and a US attorney. Her mother, Marty, is a speech pathologist. Heather, oldest among three siblings, considered going to law school herself.
Heather: (on working with Sandra Bullock) She's just a dream boss, you know? And a friend. She's un-intimidating and giving and has integrity. It's nice to work with someone like that, and it's nice to know that people that good and with the amount of integrity that she has, has the success that she does. It doesn't always happen that way. It's nice to see the good guy win.
Heather: (comparing herself to her character in "Miss Congeniality") I think sometimes I can be a little slightly ditzy, not to that extent though. And I try to be as good a person as she is. I don't succeed as much as she does, but I try. I'm a little timid sometimes so I can understand that side of her.
Heather: (on being a sitcom writer) That's a tough, very aggressive world. The way you get to the humor is insulting each other. I could never do that. I'm not cutthroat. I'm Midwestern.
Heather: I don't like to drive. I don't like the aggressiveness that goes along with driving.
Heather: I'm lucky. I've worked with extremely talented women who won't sacrifice comedy to make themselves look better.
Heather: (on working with William Shatner in "Miss Congeniality 2") Well you know, I was basically tied up for five weeks with him. He was the funniest thing on the set. He's just always joking, always making puns. He'd have us rolling.