Report: Anne Heche in hospital, stable after fiery car accident


Anne Heche was in hospital on Saturday after an accident in which her car collided with a house and erupted into flames, a representative for the actor told People magazine.

The representative, who was not identified, told the magazine that Heche was in stable condition a day after Friday’s accident. Her family and friends asked for her privacy to be respected, People reported.

Her speeding car came to a T-shaped intersection and ran off the road and into the house in the Mar Vista section of the west side of Los Angeles shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, Los Angeles police officer Tony Im said.

The car came to a stop in the two-story home, setting off a blaze that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Officials did not identify Heche as the driver who was pulled from the car because it was inside the house, but said it was in her name.

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Television news video showed a blue Mini Cooper Clubman, badly damaged and burned, being dragged out of the house, with a blond woman sitting on a stretcher and struggling as firefighters put her in an ambulance.

No other injuries have been reported and no arrests have been made. Police detectives are investigating.

Her representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

Born in Ohio, Heche first rose to fame in the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.

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In the late 1990s, she became one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, a constant on the covers of magazines and in big-budget movies. She co-starred with Johnny Depp in 1997’s “Donnie Brasco”; with Tommy Lee Jones in 1997’s “Volcano”; with Harrison Ford in 1998’s “Six Days, Seven Nights”; starring Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998’s ‘Return to Paradise’ and with a cast in the original 1997’s ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’.

Her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 increased her fame and sparked huge public criticism.

In the fall of 2000, shortly after the two broke up, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door in a rural area near Fresno, California. According to authorities, she appeared shocked and disoriented and spoke incoherently with the residents.

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In a memoir released the following year, “Call Me Crazy,” Heche spoke of her lifelong struggle with mental health and a childhood of abuse.

She was married to cinematographer Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009. The two had a son together. She had another son while dating actor James Tupper, her co-star on the TV series “Men In Trees.”

Heche has consistently worked in minor films, on Broadway and in TV shows for the past two decades. She recently had recurring roles on the network series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise”, and in 2020 she was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars”.


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