Hurled to recognition by portraying twin sisters in the long-running drama series Another World, Anne Heche later received recognition for playing Dr. Amy Barnes in the motion picture Volcano (1997). She was also known for roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Wag The Dog, Six Days Seven Nights (costarring Harrison Ford) and Psycho.
"I put a very high premium on honesty. What I learned from [my father's] death is that if you don't accept your sexuality, it will kill you." Anne Heche.
One of People's 50 most beautiful people in the world (1998), Anne Heche drew public attention with her three-year controversial relationship with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres (April 1997-August 2000). During the filming of Another World, Heche was linked to costar actor Richard Burgi. In the mid 90s, she was involved with 24-year-older actor/comedienne Steve Martin (1993-1995).
Humanitarian Heche has been honored an Amnesty International Award for Leadership in the Struggle For Human Rights.
All in Anonymity
Childhood and Family:
"I'm not crazy, but it's a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me." Anne Heche.
In a fundamentalist Christian family, Anne Celeste Heche was born on May 25, 1969 to choir director father Donald (born 1938, died of AIDS in 1983) and former secretary mother Nancy Heche. Born in the rural community of Aurora, Ohio, Anne spent her difficult childhood in Chicago and New Jersey as well as her family moving 11 times before she reached 12 years old. The youngest of the family, Anne has two sisters, Susan Bergman (author and editor) and Abigail. She also has one brother, Nathaniel Heche, who was killed in a car accident at age 18, only three months after the death of their father.
Anne Heche was a student of Ocean City High School, Ocean City, New Jersey and graduated from the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Illinois. In 1998 Anne's sister Susan wrote Anonymity, a book about the Heche family and their father's private life.
Anne became engaged to cameraman Coleman Laffoon in May 2001, then tied the knot on September 1, 2001. In March of 2002, the couple welcomed the birth of their son Homer Heche Laffoon.
"...I didn't want to make a career of being a soap actress and was too afraid to commit to being a "real" actress without a job in place." Anne Heche.
Commencing with her acting by performing in a dinner theater at age 12 and taking part in a high school play, Anne Heche made her TV debut at age 17. From 1987 to 1991 she received critical acclaim for portraying the role of twin sisters Marley and Vicky on the NBC's long-living drama Another World. After her work on Another World, Heche shared the screen with Jessica Lange in Willa Cather's novel adaptation, the TV movie O Pioneers! (1992).
After several small screen roles, Heche appeared on the silver screen by playing character Mary Jane Wilks in her first motion picture, The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993). Her first important film role was in Nicole Holofcener's Walking and Talking (1996). Anne also scored the role of Juliet, Demi Moore's best friend, in The Juror (1996).
In 1997 Heche's milestone roles were just beginning. She joined Johnny Depp in Mike Newell's much-admired Donnie Brasco and teamed with Robert de Niro and Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog. Heche also nabbed the role of Dr. Amy Barnes, costarring Tommy Lee Jones, in the movie Volcano and made a cameo appearance in the teen horror I Know What You Did Last Summer.
"I'm excited about what "Volcano" can do for my career. I can see the possibility of doors opening." Anne Heche.
The subsequent year was another luminary one for Heche. She won the portrayal of Robin Monroe, Harrison Ford's love attraction, in the romance-comedy Six Days Seven Nights. Heche also worked with Vince Vaughn by being cast as Beth Eastern in the film Return To Paradise. Anne went on to step into the role of Marion Crane in the remake of Psycho, starring Vince Vaughn and Julianne Moore.
Debuting her directing work in the film Reaching Normal (1999), Heche then wrote and directed HBO's If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000, starring Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres).
Heche, who once played the part of Melanie West in the FOX's hit series Ally McBeal and Amanda Hayes in the family drama Everwood, is currently scheduled to star in the WB's comedy True, portraying the depressed pregnant woman abandoned by her boyfriend.
Heche was also involved in the thriller John Q (2002, alongside Denzel Washington), Birth (2004, with Nicole Kidman) and Sexual Life (2004). Additionally, on September 4th, 2001, Heche released her autobiography, Call Me Crazy. She wrote the book in only six weeks.
- GLAAD Media Award: Stephen F. Kolzak Award, 2000
- National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress, Wag the Dog, 1998
- National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress, Donnie Brasco, 1997
- Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Younger Actress, Another World, 1990-1991
- Soap Opera Digest: Best Newcomer, Another World, 1989