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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 May 1969Aurora, Ohio, USA
Birth NameAnne Celeste Heche
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anne Heche's tumultuous childhood began on May 25, 1969, when she was born into the fundamentalist Christian family of Nancy and Donald Heche. Her father was an itinerant Baptist minister and choir director who relocated his family yearly in search of work. It was not until 1983 when it was discovered that he had, in actuality, been holding down a double life as a homosexual businessman. Heche lived in several towns in Ohio and in Atlantic City, NJ among other places, while enduring what she claimed was a painful and loveless childhood that included sexual abuse by her father. Heche admittedly retreated into her own fantasy land to escape, standing out with her childhood forays into acting. Before long, though, her family's desperate financial situation necessitated that everyone do their share to bring home the rent, and 12-year-old Heche obliged after landing her first professional acting job at a New Jersey dinner theater. The following year, her father was diagnosed with the then-rare disease AIDS, and his secretive lifestyle was disclosed on his deathbed. Heche's only brother was tragically killed in a car accident weeks later.

Heche and her mother made a new start in Chicago, IL where Heche was active in high school theater and was even courted by an agent to audition for a role on As the World Turns (1956). The 16-year-old was flown to New York City and offered a job, but she did not want to uproot her barely stabilized family again, so she opted to stay and finish high school. Less than two years later, Heche went back to New York where she landed her first major TV role, that of good and evil twins Vicky and Marley on the NBC soap opera Another World (1964). Heche made quite an impression with the complicated dual role, earning Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Awards, though off-screen she was becoming completely unraveled. She had begun therapy to try to make some sense of her childhood and uncovered haunting memories of sexual abuse, causing her behavior to grow more erratic. Heche taped her final episode of "As the World Turns" in 1992 and the following year made a significant TV film debut alongside Jessica Lange in the Golden Globe-nominated adaptation of Willa Cather's O Pioneers! (1992).

Perhaps her fracturing real-life personality lent an interesting perspective to her acting craft, but whatever it was, Heche was undoubtedly a true talent. Off-screen she embraced a second personality that claimed to be from another dimension and able to talk to the dead and heal the sick. Onscreen, she made her feature debut as Mary Jane Wilks in The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993) and gradually landed larger roles in I'll Do Anything (1994) and TV movies Against the Wall (1994) and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995), playing the notorious Southern politician's mistress. Her breakthrough role was that of a doctor friend of Demi Moore who falls victim to a hit man in the thriller The Juror (1996). She went on to co-star with Catherine Keener in the acclaimed indie Walking and Talking (1996) before giving an exceptional performance opposite Johnny Depp as the long-suffering wife of Donnie Brasco (1997), an FBI agent whose intensely guarded job as a mafia infiltrator threatens to destroy his own life and family. Heche then teamed with Tommy Lee Jones in the disaster flick Volcano (1997) and continued her rise with a well-reviewed turn as a presidential advisor in Barry Levinson's political satire Wag the Dog (1997).

Heche's well-deserved attention for her 1997 performances was overshadowed by bigger news that year; news that she and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres were in love. The news came hot on the heels of DeGeneres' public admission of her own sexuality and the groundbreaking episode of her sitcom Ellen (1994) in which her lead character also came out. Prior to this, Heche had been romantically linked to her male co-stars, including a two-year relationship with Steve Martin, so even gay community supporters were left scratching their heads. Meanwhile, the actress had just landed a co-starring role with Harrison Ford in the romantic adventure Six Days Seven Nights (1998), and producers hoped that Heche's updated sexual status would not compromise the audiences' ability to accept her in a heterosexual role, especially after her every move with DeGeneres began being chronicled by the press and paparazzi.

Unfortunately, "Six Days" itself failed to bring in audiences, as did Return to Paradise (1998), in which she co-starred as a lawyer opposite Vince Vaughn. Meanwhile, she and DeGeneres morphed into poster children of the gay community, causing a commotion on the red carpet that rivaled that of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. They also announced that they would be getting married in Vermont, where it was soon to become legal for same sex couples to do so. Due no doubt in part to her personal life, Heche's feature career cooled a bit from her whirlwind of the previous year. Her portrayal of Marion Crane (again opposite Vaughn as Norman Bates) in Gus Van Sant's lambasted shot-for-shot remake of Psycho (1998) did not help matters. In 1999, she played the skeptical daughter of a woman proposed as a candidate for sainthood in The Third Miracle (1999) while rumors persisted that she was the model for the ruthlessly ambitious actress played by Heather Graham in ex-beau Steve Martin's comedy Bowfinger (1999). Heche wrote and directed the "2000" segment of the Emmy-nominated HBO movie If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000), an anthology about the lesbian experience in America, in a piece starring DeGeneres and Sharon Stone as a couple trying to have a baby. For the pair's second creative collaboration, Heche accompanied DeGeneres on a comedy tour as the director of Ellen De Generes: American Summer Documentary (2001). It was on this tour that she met a cameraman Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon.

Before the film was released, however, the power lesbian couple called it quits, reportedly devastating DeGeneres for a very long time. Days after moving out of their shared home, Heche was picked up by police in a rural area of California's Central valley, where she was found wandering in a confused state claiming to be looking for a spaceship that was supposed to be meeting her. Later in the year, Heche released the hastily written memoir Call Me Crazy in which she explained that the event was the culmination of many years of living with a second personality, Celestia, and attempting to process her childhood abuse by finding love and security. Heche claimed that following the experience and single day on a mental ward, she literally snapped out of it, put her alter ego behind her, and resumed her life with new clarity. In a further unexpected twist - and one that alienated her legions of gay supporters - Heche married her cameraman beau, Laffoon within the year and became pregnant with their child.

The press eventually settled down from the field day of Heche's personal journey, and her career got back on track surprisingly quickly. She had a featured role in the Denzel Washington thriller John Q (2002) and also played Dr. Sterling in the long-delayed adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's bestseller Prozac Nation (2001). Television writer-producer David E. Kelley cast her in a recurring role on the hit Ally McBeal (1997) as the eccentric, turrets-addled soulmate of John Cage (Peter MacNicol) during the 2000-01 season. Following the birth of her son, Homer, in 2002, Heche replaced Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Proof" on Broadway. In 2004, the resilient actress received an Emmy nomination for playing a drug-addicted mother who neglects her children in the Lifetime movie Gracie's Choice (2004). She also appeared in a recurring role on the drama Everwood (2002) before returning to Broadway where she was nominated for a Tony Award for a revival of the showbiz-themed comedy "Twentieth Century," starring opposite Alec Baldwin.

Clearly, by the time she took on a recurring role on Nip/Tuck (2003) in 2005 as an ex-mob wife and Witness Protection Program subject who requires plastic surgery, Heche had reclaimed a great deal of her once-tarnished professional luster. By next fall, she was headlining her own primetime show, ABC's quirky dramedy Men in Trees (2006) where she starred as a transplanted New York author living in small town Alaska which happens to be abundant with single men and few women. The show was well-received by critics and Heche was singled out for her charming performance, a performance that also charmed hunky co-star James Tupper, with whom Heche began a romance following the breakup of her marriage to Laffoon in 2006, who filed for divorce from Heche in February, 2007, claiming the affair began prior to their divorce. The split was yet another bitter one for Heche who fought hard in court against paying alimony or child support to her estranged husband, who claimed that she was an unfit parent and had exhibited "bizarre and delusional behavior;" that Homer should stay with him in L.A. while Heche filmed on location in Canada. In the end, the cameraman was granted primary physical custody. Things only went downhill from there, with "Men in Trees" getting the ax following the 2007-08 writer's strike, leaving Heche to insist to the court that she could no longer pay Laffoon the monthly installments of $14,978 in child support.

Thus motivated, Heche quickly went back to work in projects like the straight-to-DVD eco-disaster movie Toxic Skies (2008), co-starring her new beau Tupper, and as an overly indulgent sugar mama in the little-seen Ashton Kutcher vanity project Spread (2009). After two years as a couple, she and Tupper welcomed a son, Atlas, into the world in early 2009. Professionally, things took an upturn for Heche when she was cast on the sexy comedy series Hung (2009) as Jessica, the spoiled, yet unfulfilled ex-wife of a high school athletic coach (Thomas Jane) who becomes a male escort to supplement his income. Along with the rest the stellar cast, Heche received some of the highest marks of her career for her work on the under-appreciated series. More accolades came her way for her turn as a fun-loving insurance saleswoman who finds an unexpected romance with an incredibly naïve colleague (Ed Helms) in the indie comedy Cedar Rapids (2011). That same year, a supporting role as the ex-wife of a self-destructive LAPD officer (Woody Harrelson) in the gritty police drama Rampart (2011) further bolstered her Hollywood reputation. Working steadily, Heche also co-starred with Tupper as parents of a teenage girl whose vicious beating at the hands of fellow schoolgirls is caught on tape in the TV drama Girl Fight (2011). The following year, the actress was seen in several limited-release efforts, including That's What She Said (2012) and Arthur Newman (2012).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Yahoo Movies

Spouse (1)

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

Trivia (34)

Surname is pronounced "Haytch".
Went to Ocean City High School in Ocean City, New Jersey. Graduated from the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Illinois.
Her father Don, a choir director, died at 45 of AIDS in 1983.
Her late sister Susan Bergman was the author of "Anonymity: The Secret Life of an American Family" (1994), a book about their father's long-closeted life and the impact his death had on their family.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight (1981) to promote her movie Return to Paradise (1998), Heche was asked to respond to rumors that she may have been romantically involved with co-star Vince Vaughn while making the film. Heche, who lives an openly gay life with Ellen DeGeneres, was insulted by the question, cut short the interview and left with the tape.
Announced her intention to marry Ellen DeGeneres if Vermont carried through its plans to legalize gay marriages. [October 1999]
19 August 2000: A scantily clad and disoriented Heche was picked up by police at a ranch house in Cantua Creek, Calif., after telling the home's occupant she was looking for a spaceship that was supposed to be meeting her there.
Announced that she is engaged to her boyfriend, cameraman Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon. [May 2001]
4 September 2001: Autobiography "Call Me Crazy" released. Heche wrote it in just six weeks.
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 Laffoon, born in Los Angeles. The baby is the first child for Heche and her husband, cameraman Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon.
One of five children, though three of her siblings are deceased. Her sister Cynthia died of a heart defect as an infant; her brother Nate died in a car wreck (which Heche claims was suicide) in 1983; her sister Susan died of brain cancer in 2006. Her only remaining sibling, Abigail, is a jewelry designer in New York.
Auditioned for the Kate Hudson role in Almost Famous (2000).
Was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of "Twentieth Century".
Her Christian mother Nancy claims to have cured her lesbianism by praying for her.
Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham wrote the song "Come" about her, taking shots at her her lesbianism and delusions.
She was born at 4:51 PM (EDT).
Has a tattoo of a butterfly on her lower back.
Separated from husband Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon after five 1/2 years of marriage. [January 2007]
14 May 2008: Submitted a financial declaration to the Los Angeles Superior Court showing that she has a grand total of $34,840.93 in her bank accounts and can no longer afford to pay child support for her six-year-old son.
Announced she is pregnant by her boyfriend, actor James Tupper. [December 2008]
7 March 2009: Gave birth to her second son, Atlas Heche Tupper. He weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. Dad is Heche's boyfriend, James Tupper.
Returned to work eight days after giving birth to her son Atlas in order to begin filming episodes of Hung (2009).
Her first job was performing in a troupe at a dinner theater in Swainton, New Jersey.
Worked at a gas station and an ice cream shop as a teen.
Former daughter-in-law of Polk Laffoon IV (vice president of corporate relations for the newspaper Knight-Ridder) and his wife Anne.
Considers Sophia Loren her style icon.
Launched a mineral powder sunblock called "Tickle Time" in August 2012.
The first movie she ever saw was Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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]

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.
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.
[on being sexually abused by her father] He raped me, he stuck his dick in my mouth, he fondled me, he put me on all fours, and had sex with me.
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 naming her son Atlas] 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?
[telling David Letterman what her ex-husband Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon 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 OK with my mother 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.

Salary (2)

Men in Trees (2006) $81,000
Spread (2009) $65,000

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