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Anne Heche’s childhood included time spent in an Amish community and the belief that she had a split personality.

Actress Anne Heche has lived many lives over her 53 years, from desperate poverty and life in an Amish community to the bright lights of Hollywood, she’s tasted it all and survived to tell the tale.

Anne Heche died at 53, a week after being involved in a car crash in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The crash destroyed property and left the Emmy-winning actress in critical condition.

She has had a stellar acting career over the past four decades. His first appearance in front of the camera was on the TV show “Another World”. His roles in the films “Psycho”, “Six Days Seven Nights” and “Donnie Brasco” brought him the greatest fame.

Anne Heche at the 2017 HBO Post Emmy Awards Reception in Los Angeles, CA | Source: Getty Images


Anne was born into a deeply dysfunctional family. She was the youngest of five siblings, and her family moved quite frequently during her childhood. They moved 11 times during the first 12 years of the actress’s life.

His ostensibly religious father, Donald Heche, was a part-time church pianist. They spent a brief time living in an Amish community, but the people collecting their rent made it very difficult for them to stay in that community.

Anne seemed oblivious to the world around her. Her family never encouraged her to read anything other than the Bible. She was never taken to the movies and never watched TV shows. She says:

“My understanding of pop culture sucked. I didn’t have a trajectory in mind where I thought, ‘Oh, I wish I could be her’ or ‘Wow, she’s famous.'”

But behind the veil of pious respectability, Donald committed many same-sex relationships and sexually abused Anne until she was 12. Anne has created an imaginary world to escape her father’s mistreatment.

In this imaginary realm, she created “Celestia”, which she said was one of her two personalities. When the actress was 13, Donald died of AIDS. It was the end of abuse, but not crushing poverty and heartbreak.

Just months after their father’s death, Anne’s brother Nathan died in a car accident, which the late actress believed was her way of ending her life.

Her sister Cynthia had died in infancy, so her mother Nancy had to raise her three surviving children, the late icon, Abigail and Susan, as best she could. The three daughters had jobs and contributed to the family budget.


At 16, Anne was spotted by a talent scout at a school play and offered a part in a daytime soap opera, but her mother insisted she had to first. finish high school.

But when the talent scout offered a role in “Another World again” after Anne graduated, Nancy banned her from entering show business. Yet, by then, the future actress was old enough to make her own decisions and was heading to Hollywood.

As Anne reflected on the painful experiences she had had as a child, she realized that she was doing her best to make her parents happy and persuade them to love her back.

She said her desire for their affection as a child motivated her to pursue a career in Hollywood. She aimed to earn the love and respect of her mother, who loved Jesus, and her father, who had long worshiped movie stars.


“Another World” showcased Anne’s talent and her childlike looks, and she was asked to audition for the 1996 Miramax production, “Beautiful Girls.” Anne was offered one of the lead roles alongside Mira Sorvino, Natalie Portman and Uma Thurman.

Then Anne was invited to attend a meeting in Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room. When Weinstein exposed himself, Anne walked out and she was fired the next day.

Two actresses, Mira and Uma, came forward when the Weinstein scandal broke and revealed the movie mogul had sexually assaulted them. Anne spoke of Hollywood during Weinstein’s heyday:

“Harvey’s little brothel. It really was. And when the story broke, it brought it all to the surface.

Anne believed that many young women who became actresses were targeted by Weinstein because he sensed their vulnerability.

She also said her previous experience of abuse gave her the strength to walk away and saved her from the fate of Rose McGowan and so many other Weinstein victims.

Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres in 1997 |  Source: Getty Images

Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres in 1997 | Source: Getty Images


Anne’s career grew by leaps and bounds and she starred in a string of hit movies including ‘Donnie Brasco’, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and ‘Wag the Dog’. Then she fell in love and everything fell apart.

She fell in love with comedian Ellen DeGeneres, and the two women became the first openly gay female couple in Hollywood. However, the consequence of their relationship resulted in the cancellation of Ellen’s sitcom and Anne’s career dried up.

Anne and the acclaimed TV host were considered pioneers in the industry today, but in the mid-1990s, being openly gay women was the kiss of death.


The relationship with Ellen lasted three years and ended when Anne left the comedian for Coleman Laffoon. Anne married Coleman, a cameraman she had met in 1999 during Ellen’s stand-up comedy tour.

Anne and Coleman had a son, Homer, in 2002. The couple divorced in 2009 after Anne fell in love with her “Men in Trees” co-star James Tupper.

James and Anne had a son, Atlas, in 2009. They were together until 2018, and when they split it led to a bitter fight over who would get custody of their son. They also fought for child support.

The actress claimed that James earns more than her due to the success of the series ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘A Million Little Things’, while her own career is currently less successful.


Anne has had many high profile relationships with other personalities during her career. In addition to Ellen, James, and Coleman, she dated her “Hung” co-star Thomas Jane in 2019.

Unfortunately, Anne and Thomas’ relationship didn’t last long and they eventually separated in 2020. Thomas felt devastated when he heard the news of Anne’s car accident.

He admitted that even though they were no longer together, he still loved the famous actress. He also described the brilliant actress as “one of the true talents of her generation”.

Thomas Jane and Anne Heche at the 3rd Annual Mammoth Film Festival on February 28, 2020 in Mammoth Lakes, California.  |  Source: Getty Images

Thomas Jane and Anne Heche at the 3rd Annual Mammoth Film Festival on February 28, 2020 in Mammoth Lakes, California. | Source: Getty Images

Sadly, Anne passed away as a result of this tragic incident. A family representative says the actress’ life support system has been “removed”. The news devastated many of Anne’s friends and loved ones.

Anne’s former romantic partners were also devastated by her passing and each paid their respects. Ellen took to Instagram to express her sadness and sympathy to the family of her late ex-girlfriend.

Like Ellen, Coleman shared his grief on social media, saying he loved and missed Anne. He said the death of his ex-wife broke his son Homer’s heart and it was hard for his son to accept that his mother was no longer with them.

Meanwhile, Heche’s ex-boyfriend and “Men in Trees” co-star James simply wrote “Love Your Forever” on Instagram, along with a photo of the late star.


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