Blonde actress and director Anne Celeste Heche (pronounced “haytch”) is best known for her off-screen antics than for her on-screen work. Best known for breaking comedienne Ellen DeGeneres’ heart, Heche did manage to win a Daytime Emmy, a Primetime Emmy and a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. She aptly titled her 2001 autobiography Call Me Crazy: A Memoir.
Heche states that because of her rough childhood and ultra-religious family, she would escape into a fantasy world. She would spend more and more time in this world as she aged. There, she was no longer Anne Heche but Jesus Christ’s half-sister Celeste. It has been speculated that Heche went into acting in order to fulfill her fantasy of being someone other than Anne Heche.
Heche herself has claimed her childhood was filled with abuse, including being sexually molested by her father, a Baptist choir director. Members of her family have not commented on her accusations. Her father would die of AIDS contracted through a secret homosexual relationship. Her mother, Nancy Heche, is an outspoken Christian fundamentalist that described homosexuality as a disease. Heche and her mother do not talk to each other.
Heche was born in Aurora, Ohio on May 15, 1969. She was the fifth child with three sisters and two brothers. Her father died when she was 12, leaving the family without money. They moved to New Jersey and later to Chicago. Heche landed an acting job in dinner theatre while still in high school. When she was 18, Heche was spotted by a talent scout soon afterwards and managed to land a role on the daytime soap Another World where she played both twins, earning her a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991.
Two years later, Heche made her movie debut in Volcano. Her most successful film was the dark comedy Wag The Dog (1997.) Her movie career dropped partially because of her then outspoken relationship with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. They would break up in 2000. Heche later claimed to be bisexual. She then suffered a breakdown which lead to her wandering about the streets incoherently clad in shorts and a bra. After hospitalization, she was released. She considered herself finally sane.
Less than a year after breaking up with the world’s most famous lesbian, Heche married a man, Corey Laffoon. She had a son by him named Homer. The marriage did not last and in 2007 engaged in a bitter public custody battle. Heche lost that battle at the same time her television series, Men In Trees, was cancelled. In 2008, Heche had another son, Atlas, by one of the actors on Men In Trees, James Tupper.