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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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At one point in her career, Emmy Award-winning actress Anne Heche was in danger of being remembered more for her episodes of eccentric behavior and volatile relationships than for her considerable acting talent. After an early breakout role on the soap opera "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999) in 1987, the actress gradually built up her feature film résumé, leading to starring roles in major films like "Donnie Brasco" (1997) and "Volcano" (1997) opposite several of Hollywood's biggest leading men. The 1997 revelation of Heche's change in sexuality and her unexpected romance with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, however, left audiences and studio execs scratching their heads. Professional disappointments like the adventure-romance "Six Days, Seven Nights" (1998) and an ill-advised shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1998) were but a prelude to the actress' own personal collapse, which culminated with Heche leaving DeGeneres and suffering an extremely bizarre emotional breakdown in 2001. Despite popular opinion that her career was over, Heche returned with a respectably reviewed, if not ratings-favored dramedy series, "Men in Trees" (ABC, 2006-08). Diverse, well-written roles on the racy cable series...

At one point in her career, Emmy Award-winning actress Anne Heche was in danger of being remembered more for her episodes of eccentric behavior and volatile relationships than for her considerable acting talent. After an early breakout role on the soap opera "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999) in 1987, the actress gradually built up her feature film résumé, leading to starring roles in major films like "Donnie Brasco" (1997) and "Volcano" (1997) opposite several of Hollywood's biggest leading men. The 1997 revelation of Heche's change in sexuality and her unexpected romance with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, however, left audiences and studio execs scratching their heads. Professional disappointments like the adventure-romance "Six Days, Seven Nights" (1998) and an ill-advised shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1998) were but a prelude to the actress' own personal collapse, which culminated with Heche leaving DeGeneres and suffering an extremely bizarre emotional breakdown in 2001. Despite popular opinion that her career was over, Heche returned with a respectably reviewed, if not ratings-favored dramedy series, "Men in Trees" (ABC, 2006-08). Diverse, well-written roles on the racy cable series "Hung" (HBO, 2009-1011) and in the indie comedy "Cedar Rapids" (2011) did much to return her to critical favor. Determined to put the drama of her past behind her, Heche kept the theatrics limited to the screen as she entered yet another phase of her storied career.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  On the Edge (2001) Director ("Reaching Normal")
2.
  If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) Director ("2000")
3.
  Stripping for Jesus (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Arthur Newman (2013)
2.
 Heat (2013)
3.
 Nothing To Fear (2013)
4.
5.
 Girl Fight (2011)
6.
 Cedar Rapids (2011)
7.
 Silent Witness (2011)
8.
 Spread (2009)
9.
 Toxic Skies (2008)
10.
 Ghost Writer (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Family moved eleven times before Heche was 12
1982:
Began performing in musicals at a Trenton, NJ dinner theater at age 12
:
Stopped performing and entered therapy after her father's death
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Moved to Chicago with her mother and two older sisters
1988:
Cast in the duel role of good/evil twins Vicky Hudson Frame and Marley McKinnon on the NBC soap opera "Another World"
1992:
TV-movie debut in "O Pioneers!" (CBS)
1993:
Feature film debut, "The Adventures of Huck Finn"
1994:
Had featured role in "I'll Do Anything"
1994:
Originally cast in a supporting role in "A Simple Twist of Fate"; part ended up on the cutting room floor
1996:
Won attention for her pivotal role in "The Juror"
1996:
Co-starred in the independent film "Walking and Talking"
1996:
Had role in the Cher-directed "1996" segment of HBO's "If These Walls Could Talk"
1998:
Wrote, directed and starred in the short film "Stripping for Jesus"
1997:
Played Johnny Depp's wife in "Donnie Brasco"
1997:
Appeared as a presidential advisor in "Wag the Dog"; role had originally been written for a man
1998:
Played the female lead opposite Harrison Ford in "Six Days, Seven Nights"
1998:
Cast as Marion Crane in the color remake of "Psycho," directed by Gus Van Sant
1999:
Portrayed the skeptical daughter of a woman proposed as a candidate for sainthood in "The Third Miracle"
2000:
Wrote and directed the "2000" segment of the Emmy-nominated HBO movie "If These Walls Could Talk 2"
2000:
Cast as a Marine Corps captain accused of murdering her former lover in the fact-based Showtime movie "One Kill"
2000:
Signed deal with Scribner to write a memoir; published <i>Call Me Crazy</i> in 2001
2001:
Landed featured role in "John Q," directed by Nick Cassavetes
2001:
Cast in a recurring role on Fox's legal comedy "Ally McBeal" as a woman with Tourette's syndrome
2002:
Replaced Jennifer Jason Leigh in the David Auburn's Broadway production of "Proof"
2003:
Co-starred in "Prozac Nation"
2003:
Starred opposite Alec Baldwin in the play "Twentieth Century"; received a Tony nomination
2004:
Played a drug-addicted mother who neglects her children in the Lifetime movie "Gracie's Choice"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2004:
Joined The WB drama "Everwood" as a love interest for series lead Treat Williams
2005:
Guest-starred on FX's "Nip/Tuck" as a 'Mafia princess' about to enter the witness-protection program
2006:
Starred as relationship coach Marin Frist on the short-lived "Men in Trees" (ABC)
2007:
Co-starred in the romantic comedy "What Love Is"
2009:
Played the former girlfriend of Thomas Jane's character on HBO's "Hung"
2010:
Acted opposite Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in the action comedy "The Other Guys"
2012:
Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson
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Education

Francis W Parker High School: Chicago , Illinois - 1987

Notes

"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.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Richard Burgi. Actor. Co-starred together on "Another World"; involved in late 1980s.
companion:
Steve Martin. Actor. Met during filming of "A Simple Twist of Fate"; together from 1992 until 1994.
companion:
Ellen DeGeneres. Comedian, actor. Together as of April 1997; separated in August 2000.
husband:
Coley Laffoon. Cameraman. Born c. 1974; began dating as of late summer 2000; became engaged in May 2001; married on September 1, 2001.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Donald Heche. Baptist minister. Born in 1938; died of complications from AIDS in 1983; disclosed his homosexuality to his family prior to his death; in her book "Call Me Crazy", Heche claims her father sexually molested her when she was a child and gave her herpes.
mother:
Nancy Heche. Heche is estranged from her mother since she confronted her about the alleged sexual abuse Heche suffered at the hands of her father.
sister:
Susan Bergman. Author, editor. Older; eldest in the family; wrote memoir "Anonymity", about father and his "secret" life; Heche does not speak to her.
brother:
Nathan Heche. Killed in car accident three months after death it was a suicide committed in reaction to her father's death.
sister:
Abigail Heche. Former stripper. Older.
son:
Homer Heche Laffoon. Born on March 2, 2002.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Anonymity: The Secret Life of an American Family" Farrar, Straus & Giroux
"Call Me Crazy" Scribner

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