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Anne Heche, a broken destiny: the American actress died at the age of 53

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On Friday August 5 in the morning, Anne Heche was the victim of a serious car accident. Driving at full speed through the streets of the Mar Vista neighborhood in Los Angeles, probably under the influence of alcohol – in an episode aired just before the accident (but recorded before) of his podcast Better Together, she and her best friend Heather Duffy boasted of drinking vodka… -, the American actress had hit a first building, then a second, before her car caught fire. It took firefighters an hour to extinguish the blaze.

Arriving in a coma at the hospital, suffering from severe burns and lung damage, Anne Heche never woke up. A victim of cerebral anoxia – her brain no longer being supplied with oxygen – the actress, who was brain dead, had been kept alive artificially while waiting to find out if her organs could be donated. She was disconnected by doctors on August 12, 2022. The tormented career actress was 53 years old.

Dead like his brother

Born May 25, 1969 in Aurora, Ohio, Anne Heche grew up in a very religious family. Organist and founder of a Baptist church, her father, a repressed homosexual, would have it, as she told in her autobiography call me crazy in 2001, raped until she was 12 years old. He died of AIDS in 1983, the same year as the actress’s brother, who died, like her, in a car accident, which she associated with suicide.

Rising on stage from the age of 12, Anne Heche was spotted three years later in her high school and joined the cast of the series. As the World Turns. And at 17, she made a name for herself by playing the twins Vicki and Marley in the soap opera Another Worldwhich will allow him to win an Emmy in 1991.

A career shattered by homophobia

The decade of 1990 was that of glory for Anne Heche, who gradually imposed her angelic face and her personality full of pep on the big screen. In 1997, we see her alongside Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco by Mike Newell and Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman in men of influence by Barry Levinson. She’s also starring with the blockbuster’s Tommy Lee Jones. volcano and the hit horror thriller Remember… last summer.

The same year, at the premiere of volcano, she formalizes her relationship with presenter Ellen DeGeneres, with whom she will live until 2000. Victim of Hollywood’s latent homophobia, the star sees her career shattered. Losing multi-million dollar contracts, Heche would not tour for a studio again for 10 years. Even if in 1998 films like 6 days, 7 nights by Ivan Reitman or psychology by Gus Van Sant.

Finding refuge on Broadway in the early 2000s, Anne Heche also turned to the small screen. She has made guest appearances on shows like Ally McBeal Where Nip/Tuckbefore finding a leading role in the series Men in Trees: Lessons in Seduction from 2006 to 2008. In recent years, we had been able to see her again at the cinema in wild cards by Simon West in 2015 or The Vanished by Peter Facinelli, his last role in 2020.