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

Spouse (1)

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

Trivia (28)

Surname is pronounced "Haysh".
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 wrote a book called "Anonymity: The Secret Life of an American Family" (1994).
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]
8/19/00: 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. She has a sister named Abigail who is a jewelry designer in New York. The other three siblings are deceased.
Auditioned for the Kate Hudson role in Almost Famous (2000) and the Cate Blanchett role in I'm Not There. (2007), both of which earned Oscar nominations.
Was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of "Twentieth Century".
Lindsey Buckingham and Neale Heywood wrote a song called "Come" about her.
She was born at 4:51 PM (EDT).
Has a tattoo of a butterfly on her lower back.
Expecting a baby with boyfriend, James Tupper. [December 2008]
Gave birth to her second son, Atlas Heche Tupper, on March 7, 2009. He weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. Dad is actor James Tupper.
Returned to work eight days after giving birth to her son Atlas in order to begin filming episodes of Hung (2009).
First job was performing in a troupe at a dinner theater in Swainton, New Jersey.
Heche's family moved 11 times before she was 12.
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.

Personal Quotes (35)

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.
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?
[on Late Show with David Letterman (1993), talking about 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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