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Anne Celeste Heche

(1969-05-25)May 25, 1969
Died August 11, 2022(2022-08-11) (aged 53)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Education Francis W. Parker School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–2022
Coleman "Coley" Laffoon
(m. 2001; div. 2009)
Children 2
  • Nancy Heche (mother)
  • Susan Bergman (sister)
  • Elliot Bergman (nephew)
  • Natalie Bergman (niece)

Anne Celeste Heche ( haytch; May 25, 1969 – August 11, 2022) was an American actress, known for her roles in a variety of genres in film, television, and theater. She received numerous accolades, including a Daytime Emmy Award and a National Board of Review Award.

Early life

Anne Celeste Heche was born on May 25, 1969, in Aurora, Ohio, the youngest of five children of Donald "Don" Joe Heche and Nancy Heche (née Prickett). During her early childhood, the Heche family lived in various towns around Ohio, including suburbs of Cleveland and Akron. Heche's parents were fundamentalist Christians and the family was raised in a deeply religious environment, a situation that she later likened to being "raised in a cult". At the same time, her father Don led an unstable lifestyle, often changing professions and prone to frequent get-rich-quick schemes, though also with a real gift for music that led to jobs as a choir director in several churches. Heche noted in her memoir that her family changed denominations several times depending on which church her father found work in.

Because of Don Heche's often unstable lifestyle and financial situation, the family moved numerous times during her childhood. One of his financial schemes led the family to resettle in the Atlantic City, New Jersey, area in 1977, first in Ventnor City and later Ocean City. One of Anne's first jobs was at a boardwalk hamburger stand, where she would sing songs from Annie to attract customers.

The Heche family's precarious financial situation led to the foreclosure of a home her father owned and later their eviction from a rental home. They moved in with a family from their church who offered them a place to live as an act of charity. Anne's mother separated from her father and demanded he leave the household. Her mother and all of the children then took jobs to support the family and be able to live on their own. Anne found work at a dinner theater in Swainton, her first professional acting job, earning $100 a week (about $300 per week in 2022 dollars).

Don Heche moved to New York City, where Anne and her sisters would occasionally visit him, noticing his declining health. Don Heche died on March 3, 1983, aged 45.

Three months after her father's death, Anne's 18-year-old brother Nathan was killed in a car crash when his vehicle missed a curve and struck a tree. The remainder of her immediate family subsequently moved to Chicago to be closer to other family members. Anne, her mother, and her older sister Abigail, who had left college, were all living together in a one-bedroom apartment, which lacked privacy and which Heche would compare to living in a dorm room. Heche attended the progressive Francis W. Parker School, where she continued to be active in theater, performing in such plays as Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth and Irwin Shaw's Bury the Dead. When she was aged 16, a talent scout spotted her in a school play and invited her to audition for the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Heche flew to New York City with her mother, auditioned, and was offered a part. She was not able to accept the offer, as it would have entailed moving with her family to New York in the middle of her school year, and having her mother leave a new job at a brokerage firm. In her memoir, Heche notes that she really wanted to move out on her own and "escape [her] mother's grasp", but this was not an option while she was still a minor.

In 1987, at the end of her senior year, Heche was offered another audition, this time for the soap opera Another World. She was offered a role after two auditions and accepted, in spite of her mother's opposition. She moved to New York City and started work on the series, in her debut television role, just days after her high school graduation.


Heche's portrayal of the twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love won her a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991. She made her film debut in a supporting role in O Pioneers!, a 1992 American made-for-television drama film based on the 1913 novel by Willa Cather. Heche's acting profile rose during the 1990s, gaining particular attention for her co-starring role in the independent film Walking and Talking (1996) and for her standout supporting role in the crime drama Donnie Brasco (1997). Further high-profile roles followed in 1997, including Volcano, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Wag the Dog. In 1998, Heche further rose to prominence with her leading role in the romantic comedy Six Days, Seven Nights opposite Harrison Ford. Also in 1998, she starred in Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of Psycho.

From 1999 to 2001, Heche took fewer acting roles and concentrated on directing projects, most notably a segment of the HBO anthology film If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000). Her acting roles from the 2000s onward focused on independent films, television series and some stage roles. In 2004, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of the play Twentieth Century and a Primetime Emmy Award for the television film Gracie's Choice, also starring in an acclaimed supporting role in the supernatural drama Birth. Other film roles included Cedar Rapids (2011), Catfight (2016), and My Friend Dahmer (2017). Heche also starred in a number of dramatic television series, including Men in Trees (2006–2008) In 2020, she appeared as a contestant in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars.

She was also the voice of Suyin Beifong in the Nickelodeon animated television series The Legend of Korra (2014).

Other media

In 2001, Heche published a memoir titled Call Me Crazy, which discussed her family and career background. In 2021, on her Better Together podcast, she said that she was working on a second memoir tentatively titled Call Me Sane. In September 2022, the second memoir, now titled Call Me Anne, was submitted in manuscript form shortly before her death and was announced for a January 2023 publication.

Heche has also narrated several audiobooks, notably, a self-narrated audiobook of Call Me Crazy, as well as narrating audiobook versions of Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999) and Tess Gerritsen's Vanish (2005; co-narrated by Ilyana Kadushin). In 2017, Heche hosted a weekly radio show on SiriusXM with Jason Ellis entitled Love and Heche. In late 2020, Heche and Heather Duffy Boylston launched a podcast titled Better Together.

Personal life


Heche at the 49th Primetime Emmy Awards (September 1997)

Anne Heche's same-sex relationship with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and the events following their breakup became subjects of widespread media interest. The couple started dating in 1997. At one point, they said they would get a civil union if it became legal in Vermont. They broke up in August 2000.

After the split, Heche began dating cameraman Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon. They married on September 1, 2001. Their son, Homer, was born on March 2, 2002. Laffoon filed for divorce on February 2, 2007. Heche lost custody of their son in June 2007.

Heche left her husband for Men in Trees co-star James Tupper. The couple reportedly moved in together in August 2007. On December 5, 2008, it was confirmed by Heche's representative that the actress was pregnant with Tupper's child. Their son, Atlas Heche Tupper, was born on March 8, 2009.


On August 5, 2022, Heche was critically injured when she crashed her car into a house at high speed. She died at a hospital in Los Angeles on August 11, 2022, at the age of 53.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1993 An Ambush of Ghosts Denise
The Adventures of Huck Finn Mary Jane Wilks
1994 I'll Do Anything Claire
A Simple Twist of Fate
Milk Money Betty
1995 Wild Side Alex Lee
1996 The Juror Juliet
Pie in the Sky Amy
Walking and Talking Laura
1997 Donnie Brasco Maggie Pistone
Volcano Dr. Amy Barnes
I Know What You Did Last Summer Melissa "Missy" Egan
Wag the Dog Winifred Ames
1998 Six Days, Seven Nights Robin Monroe
Return to Paradise Beth McBride
Psycho Marion Crane
1999 The Third Miracle Roxane
2000 Auggie Rose Lucy Brown Also known as Beyond Suspicion
2001 Prozac Nation Dr. Sterling
2002 John Q. Rebecca Payne
2004 Birth Clara
2005 *** Life Gwen
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Helen Jacobsen Also known as Ghost Writer
What Love Is Laura
Superman: Doomsday Lois Lane Voice role
2008 Toxic Skies Dr. Tess Martin
2009 Spread Samantha
2010 The Other Guys Pamela Boardman Uncredited
2011 Cedar Rapids Joan Ostrowski-Fox
Rampart Catherine
2012 That's What She Said Dee Dee
Black November Barbra
Arthur Newman Mina Crawley
2013 Nothing Left to Fear Wendy
2014 Wild Card Roxy
2016 Opening Night Brooke
Catfight Ashley
2017 My Friend Dahmer Joyce Dahmer
Armed Response Riley
The Last Word Elizabeth
2019 The Best of Enemies Mary Ellis
2020 The Vanished Wendy Michaelson
2021 13 Minutes Tammy
TBA Supercell Quinn Brody Post-production, posthumous release


Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref.
1987–91 Another World Vicky Hudson / Marley Love Regular
1991 Murphy Brown Nica 1 episode
1992 O Pioneers! Marie TV film
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Kate 1 episode
1994 Against the Wall Sharon TV film
Girls in Prison Jennifer TV film
1995 Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Aileen Dumont TV film
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Christine Cullen TV film; Segment: "1996"
1997 Subway Stories Pregnant Girl TV film; Segment: "Manhattan Miracle"
1998 Ellen Karen 1 episode
1999 One Kill Capt. Mary Jane O'Malley TV film
2001 Ally McBeal Melanie West 7 episodes
2004 Gracie's Choice Rowena Lawson TV film
2004–05 Everwood Amanda Hayes 10 episodes
2005 Nip/Tuck Nicole Morretti 3 episodes
Silver Bells Catherine O'Mara TV film
2005–06 Higglytown Heroes Gloria the Waitress (voice) 3 episodes
2006 Fatal Desire Tanya Sullivan TV film
2007 Masters of Science Fiction Martha Van Vogel 1 episode
2006–08 Men in Trees Marin Frist Series lead; 36 episodes
2009–11 Hung Jessica Haxon Lead role; 30 episodes
2011 Girl Fight Melissa TV film
2013 Save Me Beth Harper Lead role, 7 episodes
2013–14 The Michael J. Fox Show Susan Rodriguez-Jones 4 episodes
2013–15 Adventure Time Cherry Cream Soda (voice) 2 episodes
2014 One Christmas Eve Nell Blackemore Hallmark Movie
The Legend of Korra Suyin Beifong (voice) Recurring role, seasons 3 and 4
2015 Dig Lynn Monahan Miniseries; 10 episodes
Quantico Dr. Susan Langdon 1 episode
2016 Aftermath Karen Copeland Series lead; 10 episodes
2017–18 The Brave DIA Dep. Director Patricia Campbell Series lead
2018–19 Chicago P.D. Dep. Superintendent Katherine Brennan Recurring role Season 6; Guest role Season 7; 11 episodes
2020 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant on season 29
2021–22 All Rise Corrine Cuthbert 5 episodes
2022 The Idol TBA Recurring role, posthumous release


Year Title Notes
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Segment: "2000"
2001 Ellen DeGeneres: American Summer Documentary
On the Edge Segment: Reaching Normal

Awards and nominations

Year Recipient Award Category Result Ref.
1989 Another World Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer – Daytime Won
1991 Another World Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series Won
1992 Another World Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Won
1997 Wag the Dog Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Wag the Dog and Donnie Brasco National Board of Review Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
1998 Psycho Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Nominated
1999 Psycho Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Nominated
Six Days, Seven Nights Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress – Comedy/Romance Nominated
2000 Herself GLAAD Media Awards Stephen F. Kolzak Award Won
Women in Film Lucy Awards Lucy Award Won
2004 Gracie's Choice Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
The Dead Will Tell Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated
Twentieth Century Tony Awards Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play Nominated
2019 Herself Sarasota Film Festival Career Tribute Award Won


  • Heche, Anne (2001). Call Me Crazy: A Memoir.

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