She was on life support after suffering burns and brain injuries when her car crashed into the house.
LOS ANGELES – Anne Heche, the Emmy-winning film and television actress who had a dramatic rise to fame in Hollywood in the 1990s and a career marked by personal episodes of turmoil, has died of injuries sustained in a car accident. Gone. She was 53 years old.
Heche was “peacefully removed from life support,” spokeswoman Holly Baird said in a statement Sunday night.
“My brother Atlas and I lost our mother. After six days of almost incredible emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness,” he wrote to The Times. Mother is free of pain and begins her search for what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.
“In those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans poured their hearts out to me. I’m grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my father, Collie, and my stepmother, Alexi. During this time my rock remains. Rest in peace mom, I love you, Homer.
Hache was on life support at a burn center in Los Angeles after suffering a “severe anoxic brain injury” from a lack of oxygen, according to a statement released by a representative Thursday. by his family and friends.
He was declared brain dead on Friday, but was kept on life support in case his organs could be donated, a diagnosis that took nine days. Most organ transplants in the United States are performed after such a determination.
An Ohio native whose family moved across the country, Heche endured an abusive and tragic childhood, which helped push him into acting as a way to escape his life. She showed enough early promise to be offered professional work in high school and first appeared on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991, playing twins Marley and Vicky Hudson on daytime. Won an Emmy Award. Show continued injuries that Hatch expected: Vicki was in a coma for months after a car accident.
By the late 1990s, Hache was one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, regularly appearing on magazine covers and in big-budget films. In 1997 alone, she played his wife opposite Johnny Depp in “Donnie Brasco” and Tommy Lee Jones in “Volcano” and was part of the cast of the original “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
The following year, she starred opposite Ford in “Six Days, Seven Nights” and appeared in “Return to Paradise” alongside Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix. She also played one of cinema’s most famous murder victims, Marion Crane of “Psycho,” Gus Van Sant’s remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, and co-starred in the indie favorite “Walking and Talking.”
At the same time, his personal life led to even more fame, and upheaval, both personal and professional. He met Ellen DeGeneres in love at the 1997 Vanity Fair Oscar party and began a 3-year relationship that made them one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples. But Heche later said his career was damaged by an industry wary of casting him in leading roles. She will remember the advisers who opposed her decision to have DeGeneres with her at the “Volcano” premiere.
“We were tapped on the shoulder, put into his limo in the third act and told we couldn’t have our photos taken at the press junket,” Heche said on the podcast Irish Farewell in 2018.
After she and DeGeneres split, Heche had a public breakdown and would open up about her mental health struggles.
Heche’s fragile elfin appearance belied his power on screen. When she won the National Board of Review’s 1997 Best Supporting Actress Award, the board cited the one-two punch of “Donnie Brasco” and the political satire “Wag the Dog,” in which Hache plays a White House mockumentary. The companion was portrayed and he played his role. Against the film great Robert De Niro.
Heche also commented effectively on his apparent fragility. In 2002 she starred in the Broadway play “Proof” as a woman who fears losing her mind like her father, a brilliant math professor. An Associated Press review praised her “touching performance, vulnerable but funny, especially when Catherine mocks doubts about her own mental stability.”
In the fall of 2000, shortly after his breakup with DeGeneres, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door in a rural area near Fresno, California. Authorities said she appeared agitated and distraught and spoke incoherently to residents.
In a memoir released the following year, “Call Me Crazy,” Heche talked about his lifelong battles. During a 2001 interview with TV journalist Barbara Walters, Hache described in harrowing detail the alleged sexual abuse of her father, Donald Hache, who professed to be religious and died of complications from AIDS in 1983. Heche described his suffering as so severe that he developed a distinct personality and imagined himself transported from another planet.
In the final days of his life, Heche said, he learned that he was secretly gay and believed that his inability to live honestly fueled his anger and hurtful behavior. Now that his father is dead, his brother Nathan – one of his four siblings – is killed in a car accident.
“I’m not crazy. But it’s a crazy life. I grew up in a crazy family and it took me 31 years to get rid of the crazy,” Hache told Walters. In an effort to escape the past, “I drank. I smoked. I did drugs. I had sex with people. I did whatever I could to get the shame out of my life.”
Heche dated Steve Martin in the 1990s, and is widely believed to have inspired the childlike, but ambitious wannabe actor played by Heather Graham in her Hollywood spoof “Bofinger.” . She later had a son with camera operator Coleman Lafon, to whom she was married from 2001 to 2009. She had another son during her relationship with her co-star James Tupper in the TV series “Man in Trees”.
Heche has worked consistently in small films, Broadway and TV shows over the past two decades. She recently had recurring roles on the network series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise” and was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2020.
TEGNA contributed to this report.
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