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Overview (3)

Born in Aurora, Ohio, USA
Birth NameAnne Celeste Heche
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anne Heche was born on May 25, 1969 in Aurora, Ohio, USA as Anne Celeste Heche. She is an actress and writer, known for Six Days Seven Nights (1998), Donnie Brasco (1997) and Wag the Dog (1997). She was previously married to Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon.

Spouse (1)

Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon (1 September 2001 - 4 March 2009) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (38)

Surname is pronounced "Haysh".
Was introduced to former girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres by Vince Vaughn and writer Roger Friedman at a 'Vanity Fair' party at Morton's restaurant on March 24, 1997. The couple broke up August 16, 2000.
While promoting Return to Paradise (1998) on Entertainment Tonight, Heche was asked to respond to reports that she may have been romantically involved with co-star Vince Vaughn while making the film overseas. Heche, who lives an openly gay life with Ellen DeGeneres, was insulted by the question, cut short the interview and left with the tape.
Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1998]
One of five children. Her sister Abigail was involved in prostitution for a while but now designs jewelry in New York. Their three siblings (Susan, Cynthia, Nathan) are deceased.
Her father Don died at 45 of AIDS in 1983.
Her late sister Susan Bergman wrote a book called "Anonymity: The Secret Life of an American Family" (1994).
Went to Ocean City High School, Ocean City, New Jersey. Graduated from the Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, Illinois.
Announced that she intends to marry Ellen DeGeneres if Vermont carries through its plans to legalize gay marriages. [October 1999]
Heche, scantily clad, was picked up by police at a rural home in Cantua Creek, California after telling occupants she was looking for a spaceship that was supposed to be meeting her there. The actress spent the night strapped to a gurney at Fresno University Medical Center's psychiatric unit and was released the next morning after being seen by doctors for two hours. [August 2000]
Before "coming out" she dated producer Neal H. Moritz, 24-years-older comedian Steve Martin and small time actors Richard Burgi and Bill Cusack.
Announced that she is engaged to her boyfriend, cameraman Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon. [May 2001]
During an interview with Barbara Walters, Heche stated that she has an alter ego named Celestia. [September 2001]
2 March 2002: 7 pound boy, Homer Heche Laffoon, born in Los Angeles. The baby is the first child for Heche and husband, cameraman Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon.
4 September 2001: Autobiography "Call Me Crazy" released. Heche wrote it in just 6 weeks.
Heche's family moved 11 times before she was 12.
Was the basis for the Heather Graham character in Bowfinger (1999).
Nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of "Twentieth Century".
Auditioned for the role in I'm Not There. (2007) that went to Cate Blanchett.
Lindsey Buckingham and Neale Heywood have written a song called "Come" (2003) about her, taking shots at her lesbianism and delusions.
Her Christian mother Nancy claims to have cured her lesbianism by praying for her.
Parodied by Chris Kattan on Saturday Night Live (1975) and Mo Collins on MADtv (1995).
Expecting a baby with boyfriend, James Tupper. [December 2008]
Gave birth to her second child, Atlas Heche Tupper, on March 7, 2009. He weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. Dad is boyfriend, James Tupper.
She was born at 4:51 PM (EDT).
Returned to work 8 days after giving birth to her son Atlas in order to begin filming episodes of Hung (2009).
Has lower back butterfly tattoo.
Staring in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama 'Proof' on Broadway. [July 2002]
Appearing as a regular guest star on the TV show Everwood (2002). [March 2005]
Finished pilot for her new ABC series, Men in Trees (2006). [March 2006]
Currently in Vancouver, Canada filming the first season of Men in Trees (2006). [July 2006]
Release of her autobiography, "Call Me Crazy". [September 2001]
She is of one quarter Swiss-German, and one eighth Norwegian, descent, with her other ancestry being German, English, Scottish, and more distant Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) and Welsh. Her surname comes from her paternal great-grandfather, Emanuel Heche, who was born in Bern, Switzerland.
She is the aunt of Elliot Bergman and Natalie Bergman who are the music group Wild Belle. Their mother was Anne's older sister author Susan Heche Bergman (1957-2006) who died of brain cancer. Their father is Judson Bergman. Susan and Judson married in 1979 and had two other children in addition to Elliot and Natalie; daughter Elise and son Bennet.
Tried (and said she benefited from) LSD therapy for mental health.
After a number of personal bankruptcies and a particularly nasty divorce from her husband, Heche was filmed on a news program publicly screaming that she was being victimized by her husband for custody battles and her television studio over the cancellation of her TV series Men in Trees (2006). As of the late 2000's, she claimed she was almost homeless and broke.
Once hit on Francesca Gregorini. The advances were refused.
In Barbara Walters: Her Story (2014), Walters says her infamous 2001 interview with Heche on 20/20 (1978) is the weirdest interview she's ever done.

Personal Quotes (36)

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. Trust is love. Period.
I'm always honest, whether I'm in the limelight or not.
I've always kind of gone with my heart.
We have such a wonderful thing as children, that we can just make the best of everything, and say, Well, this must be what everybody else is experiencing, and I've got to make the best of it. You don't know that it's not good until you witness something that it seems better.
Are we changing the idea of what beauty is? Let's hope so. I'm not the typical Hollywood beauty. Let's hope we're looking at the insides of people a little more.
It's my job, to create a fantasy.
We do not fall in love with the package of the person, we fall in love with the inside of a person.
It's important to talk about loving yourself and looking at your tragedies and the stuff that makes you grow.
I think my father was a sexual addict. I think he saw everybody as a sexual being. But I think [at the time he contracted AIDS] he was living a very flamboyant homosexual lifestyle. You know, at that time there were bath houses where the whole trick was how many can you do a night. You know, there is no question of what he was doing at that time.
[on her father having AIDS] He was in complete denial until the day he died. We know he got it from his gay relationships. Absolutely. I don't think it was just one. He was a very promiscuous man, and we knew his lifestyle then.
I don't think [my father] was just a gay man. I think he was sexually deviant. My believe is that my father was gay and he had to cover that up. The more he couldn't be who he was, the more that came out of him in ways that it did.
I didn't have any memory until I was 18 years old.
I had another personality. I had a fantasy world. I called my other personality Celestia. I called the other world that I created for myself the Fourth Dimension. I believed I was from that world. I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane.
I told my mother at about the seventh year of therapy that I had been abused sexually by my father and she hung up the phone on me. To have gone through so much work to heal myself, and have my mother not acknowledge in any way that she was sorry for what had happened to me, broke my heart. And in that moment I think I split off from myself. So Anne, this girl who had just confronted her mother, shrunk, and out came Celestia, where I was literally thrown to the ground, and I'm not kidding, in New York City, thrown to the ground and heard the voice of God, and thought I was absolutely insane. I had no idea what to do. I was existing as two people.
What could I do when I was Celestia? I spoke a different language. I spoke a different language that God and I spoke together. I could, you name it, I could do it, I could see into the future, I could heal people.
I was raised to hide. I was raised to pretend. I was raised to always tell everybody that everything was fine, and even though I was in therapy for years I never told anybody that I had another personality. I never told anybody that I heard voices and spoke to God. I never told anybody any of it. I thought it would have to be something I would have to keep secret forever.
[on escaping the pain of her childhood] I drank. I smoked. I did drugs. I had sex with people. I did anything I could to get the shame out of my life.
[explaining her meltdown in Fresno] I was told to go to a place where I would meet a spaceship. I was told in order to get on the spaceship that I would have to take a hit of ecstasy. A voice. All of this justification for the end of this journey. I did go to a house. I did ask people to join me. I did go to the hospital.
I think everything I've done in all my insanity was to try to get my parents to love me. My father loved movie stars. I decided I needed to become famous to get his love. My mother loved Jesus. That was her thing. So I wanted to become Jesus Christ.
I've always wanted to heal my life. I always wanted to see the good side of life. I've always wanted to see the good in everything that happened to me.
[on her memoir, "Call Me Crazy"] I wrote this book to say goodbye, once and for all to my story of shame and embrace my life choice of love. The fact that there are people hearing my story is the icing on the most beautiful cake in the world, that I imagine says, 'Happy freedom Anne. You have made it to the other side.'
I have in the past understood that in being honest about certain things in my life, I've helped other people be honest, because they think that it's OK when somebody else admits what they've been doing. You know, it helps other people. It certainly helps me when other people are honest about the journey in their life. It inspires me.
I would never limit myself to saying I would be with a man or a woman. I have been very clear to everybody that just because I'm getting married does not mean I call myself a straight.
My life is a life movies are made of.
[on doing sex scenes with Ashton Kutcher] We wanted to create something that nobody's ever done before. We wanted to be outrageous and dangerous. Nobody was joking around about it.
Vibrators. I think they are great. They keep you out of stupid sex. I'd pitch them to anybody.
[on ex-husband Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon] I can't even get a divorce. Like, I'm divorced, but now he wants me to come and watch him run around in his little white shorts playing soccer, cause he wants to coach the seven-year-old team. I'm like, I divorced you, I don't want to see you on Saturday. Honestly, I don't want to come to rehearsal and watch you run around in your tight shorts like trying to pretend you know how to play soccer. I don't, I divorced you! No, I don't want to hang around with you Thursdays and Saturdays and maybe on Sunday.
[on choosing a name for her son] I said to James (James Tupper), 'What about Atlas?' He's like, 'Okay, cool name, but people will totally make fun of you.' I was like, 'Okay, I'm used to that. Let's name him Atlas!'
Where else do you meet people except in your workplace?
[Late Show with David Letterman (1993), asked what her ex-husband does for a living] He goes out to the mailbox, and he opens up the little mailbox door and goes "Oh I got a check from Anne! Oh my gosh, I got a check from Anne! Yay!"
My mother's had a very tragic life. Three of her five children are dead, and her husband is dead. That she is attempting to change gay people into straight people is, in my opinion, a way to keep the pain of the truth out. People wonder why I am so forthcoming with the truths that have happened in my life, and it's because the lies that I have been surrounded with and the denial that I was raised in, for better or worse, bore a child of truth and love. My mother preaches to this day the opposite of that core of my life. It is no mistake that she still stands up against love. And one wonders why I'm not rushing to have her meet my children.
Forgiveness is a funny word for me. I'm okay with my mom living her life the way she wants to live it, and I'm OK with her not participating in my life the way I want to live it.
I used to live in hell and I don't want to be there anymore. Today my life rocks.
I don't think I've ever gotten into a fistfight with a girl. My friendships ... I guess I'd have to say they don't run that deep.
I think people are still surprised when girls talk as raw as they do on film as they do in life. I think they think the language is raunchy. When girls speak the truth and talk honestly about sex or romance or their needs or their obsessions, it seems to be translated as raunchy.
People are somewhat confused by me and I understand that, but I also am proud that I'm a woman who represents making difficult choices that bring you to where you want to be.

Salary (2)

Men in Trees (2006) $80,000 /episode
Spread (2009) $65,000

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