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Birth Name: Anne Celeste Heche (pronounced Haytch)
Date of Birth: May 25, 1969
Place of Birth: Aurora, Ohio, USA
Height: 5' 5"
Best Known For: If These Walls Could Talk, Men in Trees and dating Ellen DeGeneres for 3½ years
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Anne Heche was born on May 25, 1969, in Aurora, Ohio. She had one brother, Nathan, who died in a car accident in 1983, and two sisters, Susan and Abigail. Her sister, Susan Bergman, wrote a book about the Heche family titled Anonymity in 1998, and she died from brain cancer in early 2006. Heche also released a book, an autobiography titled Call Me Crazy in 2001. Heche's father, Donald, was a Baptist minister and a choir director, who was a secret homosexual for many years, and he died of AIDS in 1983. Her mother, Nancy, is a practicing Christian and psychotherapist. Heche is estranged from her mother.
Heche attended Ocean City High School, in Ocean City, New Jersey, and later attended and graduated from the Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, Illinois. At age 16, Heche was offered a contract with the daytime soap opera As the World Turns, but she decided to finish high school before diving into professional acting. Just after graduating, Heche accepted another offer, this time to appear on the daytime soap Another World. She moved to New York City for the job, and played the twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love Hudson from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in 1991 for her work on the show.
After leaving Another World, Heche intended to enroll in the Parsons School of Design, but before she made it there, she landed a role alongside Jessica Lange in the CBS production O Pioneers! in 1992. Heche was seen the following year in the family film The Adventures of Huck Finn, starring Elijah Wood. In 1994, she appeared in the comedy I'll Do Anything with Nick Nolte and Albert Brooks. That same year she played Kyle MacLachlan's wife, Sharon, in the HBO movie Against the Wall alongside Samuel L. Jackson, and won a significant role in the romantic comedy Milk Money with Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris.
In 1995, Heche won a lead role in the television movie Kingfish: A Story of Huey Long, playing the mistress of a politician. In 1996, Heche appeared in the film The Juror, starring Demi Moore, playing a doctor and friend to Moore's character. That same year, she co-starred with Catherine Keener in the independent feature Walking and Talking. She teamed up with Keener and Moore again in that year's If These Walls Could Talk also starring Sissy Spacek.
In 1997, Heche played Johnny Depp's wife in the acclaimed gangster film based on a true story Donnie Brasco. She was next seen alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the action thriller Volcano, followed by a performance as a presidential advisor in Wag the Dog with Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro. Also in 1997, Heche appeared in the teen slasher flick I Know What You Did Last Summer, and made a guest appearance on the comedy series Ellen, starring Heche's future girlfriend of 3½ years, Ellen DeGeneres.
In 1998, Heche starred with Harrison Ford in the adventure film Six Days, Seven Nights. The film was greatly talked about that year, due to Heche and DeGeneres' new public relationship. Media frenzy died down and Heche appeared in Return to Paradise with Vince Vaughn, also in 1998. She teamed up with Vaughn again that year when she played Marion Crane in the remake of the classic Hitchcock film Psycho.
In 1999, Heche portrayed the skeptical daughter of a woman proposed as a candidate for sainthood in The Third Miracle, and she wrote and directed the "2000" segment of the Emmy-nominated HBO movie If These Walls Could Talk 2 in 2000.
In August 2000, Heche and DeGeneres split and soon after, Heche was found wandering in Fresno, California, looking for a spaceship manned by aliens/angels and referring to herself as "Celestia." She later admitted, in her book Call Me Crazy that she was on ecstasy, and explained that her extraterrestrial leanings were the result of a psyche fractured since her youth, reportedly due to sexual abuse by her father.
In 2001, Heche had pieced her life back together and began receiving high profile roles once again. She appeared alongside Denzel Washington in the thriller John Q and portrayed Dr. Sterling in the long-delayed adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's bestseller Prozac Nation, both in 2001. That same year, she appeared in a reoccurring role on the popular television series Ally McBeal starring Calista Flockhart.
In 2002, Heche took over a role previously played by Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Proof on Broadway. Two years later, she played a drug-addicted mother who neglects her children in the Lifetime movie Gracie's Choice and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance. That same year she appeared on the drama television series Everwood, as a love interest for star Treat Williams. She appeared opposite Nicole Kidman in the controversial film Birth, also in 2004, and she was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actress for a revival of Twentieth Century.
In 2005, Heche landed a recurring role on the hit show Nip/Tuck, playing an ex-mob wife who is in the Witness Protection Program. The following year, she won a lead role in the new television series Men in Trees. Next, Heche will be seen in the comedic horror film Suffering Man's Charity starring and directed by Alan Cumming, and the comedy What Love Is with Cuba Gooding Jr., Matthew Lillard, Sean Astin, and Gina Gershon.Heche married cameraman Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon on September 1, 2001. They have one son together, a boy, Homer Heche Laffoon, born March 2, 2002. The couple split in early 2007, which resulted in a vicious custody battle.
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