Anne Heche was involved in a car crash on August 5, 2022, beginning with a garage at an apartment complex and concluding with a blazing car wreck that reportedly left her “severely burned” and “intubated” in the hospital. The actress has now been pronounced dead.

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Who was she?

Anne Celeste Heche was a screenwriter, director, and actor from the United States. She rose to prominence as Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in the soap opera Another World (1987–1991), for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award and two Soap Opera Digest Awards.

In the late 1990s, she rose to popularity with parts in the criminal drama picture Donnie Brasco (1997), the catastrophe film Volcano (1997), the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), the action comedy film Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), and the drama-thriller film Return to Paradise (1998). 

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Following her role as Marion Crane in Gus Van Sant’s horror remake film Psycho (1998), for which she received a Saturn Award nomination, Heche went on to star in a number of well-received independent films, including the drama film Birth (2004), the sex comedy film Spread (2009), Cedar Rapids (2011), the drama film Rampart (2011), and the black comedy film Catfight (2012).

She won praise for her performance in the television film Gracie’s Choice, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, and for her work on Broadway, particularly in Twentieth Century, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.

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Heche has also been in the comic drama television series Men in Trees (2006-08), Hung (2009-11), Save Me (2013), Aftermath (2016), and the military drama television series The Brave (2017). She voiced Suyin Beifong in the animated television series The Legend of Korra (2014), and she competed in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars (2020).

Personal Life

From 1997 through 2000, she was in a relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres, which gained extensive media publicity. In 2007, she married actor James Tupper, and the couple separated in 2018.

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Heche’s romance with Ellen DeGeneres and the events that followed their breakup drew extensive media attention. The pair began dating in 1997 and stated that if civil unions become legal in Vermont, they would form one. They split up in August of 2000. Heche has revealed that her previous romantic engagements have all been with men.

After reportedly leaving DeGeneres for Coleman “Coley” Laffoon in 2000, on September 1, 2001, Heche married Laffoon, a cameraman whom she met the previous year on DeGeneres’ stand-up comedy tour. They have a son. Laffoon filed for divorce on February 2, 2007, after five and a half years of marriage. The divorce was finalized on March 4, 2009.

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After allegedly leaving DeGeneres for Coleman “Coley” Laffoon in 2000, Heche married Laffoon on September 1, 2001, a videographer whom she met the preceding year on DeGeneres’ stand-up comedy tour. They have a child. After five and a half years of marriage, Laffoon filed for divorce on February 2, 2007. On March 4, 2009, the divorce was finalised.

Heche is said to have dumped her spouse for Men in Trees co-star James Tupper. On December 5, 2008, Heche’s representative stated that she was expecting their first child, a son, her second and his first. In 2018, Tupper and Heche divorced.