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|Also Known As:||Anne Celeste Heche||Died:|
|Born:||May 25, 1969||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Aurora, Ohio, USA||Profession:||actor|
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the event was the culmination of many years of living with a second personality, Celestia, and attempting to process her childhood abuse by finding love and security. Heche claimed that following the experience and single day on a mental ward, she literally snapped out of it, put her alter ego behind her, and resumed her life with new clarity. In a further unexpected twist â¿¿ and one that alienated her legions of gay supporters â¿¿ Heche married her cameraman beau, Laffoon within the year and became pregnant with their child.The press eventually settled down from the field day of Heche's personal journey, and her career got back on track surprisingly quickly. She had a featured role in the Denzel Washington thriller "John Q" and also played Dr. Sterling in the long-delayed adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's bestseller "Prozac Nation" (2001). Television writer-producer David E. Kelley cast her in a recurring role on the hit "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) as the eccentric, turrets-addled soulmate of John Cage (Peter MacNicol) during the 2000-01 season. Following the birth of her son, Homer, in 2002, Heche replaced Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Proof" on Broadway. In 2004,...
the event was the culmination of many years of living with a second personality, Celestia, and attempting to process her childhood abuse by finding love and security. Heche claimed that following the experience and single day on a mental ward, she literally snapped out of it, put her alter ego behind her, and resumed her life with new clarity. In a further unexpected twist â¿¿ and one that alienated her legions of gay supporters â¿¿ Heche married her cameraman beau, Laffoon within the year and became pregnant with their child.
The press eventually settled down from the field day of Heche's personal journey, and her career got back on track surprisingly quickly. She had a featured role in the Denzel Washington thriller "John Q" and also played Dr. Sterling in the long-delayed adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's bestseller "Prozac Nation" (2001). Television writer-producer David E. Kelley cast her in a recurring role on the hit "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) as the eccentric, turrets-addled soulmate of John Cage (Peter MacNicol) during the 2000-01 season. Following the birth of her son, Homer, in 2002, Heche replaced Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Proof" on Broadway. In 2004, the resilient actress received an Emmy nomination for playing a drug-addicted mother who neglects her children in the Lifetime movie "Gracie's Choice" (2004). She also appeared in a recurring role on the drama "Everwood" (The WB, 2002-06) before returning to Broadway where she was nominated for a Tony Award for a revival of the showbiz-themed comedy "Twentieth Century," starring opposite Alec Baldwin.
Clearly, by the time she took on a recurring role on "Nip/Tuck" in 2005 as an ex-mob wife and Witness Protection Program subject who requires plastic surgery, Heche had reclaimed a great deal of her once-tarnished professional luster. By next fall, she was headlining her own primetime show, ABC's quirky dramedy "Men in Trees" (ABC, 2006-08) where she starred as a transplanted New York author living in small town Alaska which happens to be abundant with single men and few women. The show was well-received by critics and Heche was singled out for her charming performance, a performance that also charmed hunky co-star James Tupper, with whom Heche began a romance following the breakup of her marriage to Laffoon in 2006, who filed for divorce from Heche in February, 2007, claiming the affair began prior to their divorce. The split was yet another bitter one for Heche who fought hard in court against paying alimony or child support to her estranged husband, who claimed that she was an unfit parent and had exhibited "bizarre and delusional behavior;" that Homer should stay with him in L.A. while Heche filmed on location in Canada. In the end, the cameraman was granted primary physical custody. Things only went downhill from there, with "Men in Trees" getting the ax following the 2007-08 writer's strike, leaving Heche to insist to the court that she could no longer pay Laffoon the monthly installments of $14,978 in child support.
Thus motivated, Heche quickly went back to work in projects like the straight-to-DVD eco-disaster movie "Toxic Skies" (2008), co-starring her new beau Tupper, and as an overly indulgent sugar mama in the little-seen Ashton Kutcher vanity project "Spread" (2009). After two years as a couple, she and Tupper welcomed a son, Atlas, into the world in early 2009. Professionally, things took an upturn for Heche when she was cast on the sexy comedy series "Hung" (HBO, 2009-1011) as Jessica, the spoiled, yet unfulfilled ex-wife of a high school athletic coach (Thomas Jane) who becomes a male escort to supplement his income. Along with the rest the stellar cast, Heche received some of the highest marks of her career for her work on the under-appreciated series. More accolades came her way for her turn as a fun-loving insurance saleswoman who finds an unexpected romance with an incredibly naÃ¯ve colleague (Ed Helms) in the indie comedy "Cedar Rapids" (2011). That same year, a supporting role as the ex-wife of a self-destructive LAPD officer (Woody Harrelson) in the gritty police drama "Rampart" (2011) further bolstered her Hollywood reputation. Working steadily, Heche also co-starred with Tupper as parents of a teenage girl whose vicious beating at the hands of fellow schoolgirls is caught on tape in the TV drama "Girl Fight" (Lifetime, 2011). The following year, the actress was seen in several limited-release efforts, including "Thatâ¿¿s What She Said" (2012) and "Arthur Newman" (2012).indie "Walking and Talking' (1996) before giving an exceptional performance opposite Johnny Depp as the long-suffering wife of "Donnie Brasco" (1997), an FBI agent whose intensely guarded job as a mafia infiltrator threatens to destroy his own life and family. Heche then teamed with Tommy Lee Jones in the disaster flick "Volcano" and continued her rise with a well-reviewed turn as a presidential advisor in Barry Levinson's political satire "Wag the Dog" (1997).
Heche's well-deserved attention for her 1997 performances was overshadowed by bigger news that year; news that she and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres were in love. The news came hot on the heels of DeGeneres' public admission of her own sexuality and the groundbreaking episode of her sitcom "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98) in which her lead character also came out. Prior to this, Heche had been romantically linked to her male co-stars, including a two-year relationship with Steve Martin, so even gay community supporters were left scratching their heads. Meanwhile, the actress had just landed a co-starring role with Harrison Ford in the romantic adventure "Six Days, Seven Nights" (1998), and producers hoped that Heche's updated sexual status would not compromise the audiences' ability to accept her in a heterosexual role, especially after her every move with DeGeneres began being chronicled by the press and paparazzi.
Unfortunately, "Six Days" itself failed to bring in audiences, as did "Return to Paradise" (1998), in which she co-starred as a lawyer opposite Vince Vaughn. Meanwhile, she and DeGeneres morphed into poster children of the gay community, causing a commotion on the red carpet that rivaled that of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. They also announced that they would be getting married in Vermont, where it was soon to become legal for same sex couples to do so. Due no doubt in part to her personal life, Heche's feature career cooled a bit from her whirlwind of the previous year. Her portrayal of Marion Crane (again opposite Vaughn as Norman Bates) in Gus Van Santa's lambasted shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's classic "Psycho" (1998) did not help matters. In 1999, she played the skeptical daughter of a woman proposed as a candidate for sainthood in "The Third Miracle," while rumors persisted that she was the model for the ruthlessly ambitious actress played by Heather Graham in ex-beau Steve Martin's comedy "Bowfinger" (1999). Heche wrote and directed the "2000" segment of the Emmy-nominated HBO movie "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (2000), an anthology about the lesbian experience in America, in a piece starring DeGeneres and Sharon Stone as a couple trying to have a baby. For the pair's second creative collaboration, Heche accompanied DeGeneres on a comedy tour as the director of "Ellen DeGeneres: American Summer Documentary" (2001). It was on this tour that she met a cameraman Coleman Laffoon, known to his friends as "Coley."
Before the film was released, however, the power lesbian couple called it quits, reportedly devastating DeGeneres for a very long time. Days after moving out of their shared home, Heche was picked up by police in a rural area of California's Central valley, where she was found wandering in a confused state claiming to be looking for a spaceship that was supposed to be meeting her. Later in the year, Heche released the hastily written memoir Call Me Crazy in which she explained that
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"Soaps are the most under-rated medium. You can mess up and they STILL give you forty more pages the next day." --Anne Heche quoted in Bazaar, March 1996.
"The day I arrived [on the set of 'Another World'] the producer said, 'oh, by the way, you're playing twins, and one of them is a real sexpot. In your first scene you'll be naked in a bathtub and you've just lost a million dollars." --Anne Heche quoted in USA Today, February 23, 1996.
"I love working with first-time directors. They're so passionate, and usually have had to fight so hard that by the time it's actually filming it's all about joy." --Anne Heche quoted in the UCLA Bruin, June 21, 1996.
"I put a very high premium on honesty. What I learned from [my father's] death is that if you don't accept your sexuality, it will kill you. Trust is love. Period." --Heche to Cosmopolitan, c. May 1997.
On the brouhaha over Heche's disclosure of her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, director Ivan Reitman (who had cast Heche in "Six Days/Seven Nights") told USA Today (April 29, 1997): "It's all starting to feel like a Jackie Collins novel. I hired her [Heche] because she was great. When she auditioned, I wasn't aware of her homosexuality. ... I don't think she is a homosexual, by the way. I think she's probably bisexual. She's gone out with all kinds of guys."
"I was not gay before I met [Ellen DeGeneres]. It wasn't immediately a sexual attraction." --Heche quoted on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" which aired on April 30, 1997.
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