Immediately after her high school graduation, she accepted
another soap offer and left for New York City. Heche first
became famous by playing the dual roles of Vicky Hudson and
Marley Love Hudson on the American soap opera Another World from
1987 to 1991, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award; her
acclaimed work as Vicky and Marley can currently be seen on
Soapnet. Heche has starred in a number of high-profile films,
including Donnie Brasco, Volcano, Wag the Dog, Six Days Seven
Nights, and Psycho.
In 2004, Anne Heche was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in a revival of Twentieth Century; she also returned to regular television acting on the WB drama Everwood, in the contract role of Amanda Hayes.
Anne Heche's autobiography coverMost know of Heche because of her relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres and the events following their breakup. The couple started dating in 1997 shortly after the infamous "Puppy Episode" of DeGeneres' first sitcom. At one point, the two said they would get a civil union if they became legal in Vermont. They also worked on film and TV projects together. However, the couple split up in August 2000 and Heche soon began dating cameraman Coley Laffoon, whom she met while he was filming a comedy special for DeGeneres. They married in September 2001 and have a son, Homer Heche Laffoon, born March 2, 2002.
A year after her split with DeGeneres, Heche made claims in television interviews and in her autobiography, Call Me Crazy, that she was mentally ill for the first 31 years of her life after being s--ually abused by her father (who died of AIDS in 1983). She also claimed to have an alter ego that was the daughter of God and half-sibling of Jesus named "Celestia," who had contacts with extraterrestrial life forms. In her book, she explained that before her split with DeGeneres, she was contacted by "God" and told He would walk with her for seven days.
Anne Heche's mother, Nancy, is a Christian and psychotherapist, and does not believe that her late husband s--ually abused Anne. Nancy tours the nation speaking with ex-gay groups claiming her prayers "cured" Anne of her homos--uality. Anne has denounced her mother for speaking at these events and said her split with DeGeneres was not because of a change in her own s--ual orientation. In an interview with The Advocate following the split, Anne said she does not give a label to her own s--ual orientation and said "I have been very clear to everybody that just because I'm getting married does not mean I call myself a straight."
Before dating DeGeneres, Heche dated comedian Steve Martin for two years (she is rumored to be the basis for the Heather Graham character in Bowfinger, although Martin denies it). She also dated musician Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac for a year in the early 1990s.
Anne Heche was the subject of Buckingham's barbed song 'Come', where he took a number of shots at her lesbianism and delusions, and he wrote the unreleased 'Down on Rodeo' with a much softer reflection on the relationship where he can be heard saying "Do your hear me Annie?" at the end.
In 1998, Heche's sister, Susan Bergman, wrote a book about the family and their relationship with their father, who was gay. Susan, like Anne, was estranged from her mother. Heche and Bergman were reportedly estranged after the release of Bergman's book; Bergman died in January 2006 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Heche has two other siblings - Nathan, who died in a car accident in 1983, and an older sister, Abigail.
In 1998 Mad TV lampooned Heche (Mo Collins) and DeGeneres (Alex Borstein) in a sketch where both women claimed Hollywood discriminated against them due to their relationship. They claimed they now had only several expensive homes, Heche was only making four or five films a year, and so on. The sketch ended when DeGeneres attempted to hug Heche and Heche ran off the stage in horror.
Anne Heche was portrayed (by Reese Witherspoon) on Saturday Night Live negatively, on the sketch Celebrity Jeopardy!, and viewed as a crazed woman, because she answered many questions in her so-called "native" alien language. At one point in the sketch when she was called on, Will Ferrell's character (Alex Trebek) had been forced to call her "Celestia" before she would answer the question, alluding to her self-described extraterrestrial origins. She answered one question concerning Rush Hour and Chris Tucker (also portrayed in the bit) in the form of an alien language, at which point Ferrell expressed his discontent with the contestants.
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