Actress Nicollette Sheridan, who stars in “Desperate Housewives,” narrowly escaped serious burn injuries after her hair caught fire in a candle shop. The actress, who plays Edie Britt in the hit television show, was shopping in the specialty store in California when the bizarre accident occurred.
After leaning over to smell a scented candle, Sheridan's hair touched the naked flame and instantly caught fire.
Luckily, the 41-year-old star was saved by a quick-thinking shop assistant who poured a vase of cold water over her head before the fire spread to her ears and scalp. "My hair must have brushed on the wick of an aromatic candle as I bent over to smell it,” Sheridan said. "Suddenly, there was an awful smell of burning and I realized it was me on fire. I could hear my hair crackling and if that assistant hadn't acted as fast as she did, I could easily be in a burns unit right now."
Sheridan, who lost a large chunk of her blonde locks in the blaze, has praised the employee, who saved her from serious injury, saying: "That girl is my heroine. She saved me from real agony."
British-born Sheridan, who became a sex symbol when she appeared as John Cusack’s love interest in Rob Reiner’s 1985 hit “The Sure Thing,” was once married to hunky actor Harry Hamlin. Some of her past romantic relationships were with singer Michael Bolton and child star Leif Garrett with whom she lived with at age 15.