Inside Anne Heche's troubled life: From sibling's car crash death to her history of mental illness and drugs
Anne Heche was just involved in a horrific car accident in LA as she rammed her car into a home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, igniting a massive fire that left her with serious burns. Before this, she had crashed her blue Mini Cooper in a garage and refused help from witnesses as she took off, only to crash again. While she has suffered severe burns, she is currently intubated and is expected to survive.
Heche is an American actress but is also known for being a director and a screenwriter. She enjoyed early fame in her career with movies like 'Donnie Brasco' (1997), alongside Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. She also starred in popular movies like 'Volcano', the slasher film 'I Know What You Did Last Summer', the action comedy film 'Six Days, Seven Nights', and the drama-thriller film 'Return to Paradise'. Her fame was further pumped by her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres back in 1997. Things between them went well until 2000 when they decided to call it quits. While it may seem like she's enjoyed a very 'rainbow and roses' life, the truth is something else. Let's dive into Heche's troubled life.
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Troubled relationship with parents and death of siblings
Heche had four siblings in total, and only Abigail is alive. Heche was estranegd from her sister Susan who died of brain cancer, and Cynthia died in infancy of a heart defect. Her brother, Nathan, died in car crash moments before his high school graduation. While that is considered to be the main cause of his death, Heche believes that it was suicide. This was another reason why her relationship with her mother was beyond repairable. In her 2001 memoir, titled 'Call Me Crazy ', Heche wrote that she contracted genital herpes as an infant. However, when she approached her mother regarding the same, she shelved it aside by calling it a diaper rash and refused to take her to the doctor.
Heche's family, mother Nancy and sister Abigail, slammed these allegations in the least bit. As per People in 2001, Nancy, outraged by these allegations, said, "I am trying to find a place for myself in this writing, a place where I as Anne's mother do not feel violated or scandalized. I find no place among the lies and blasphemies in the pages of this book." Heche's sister Abigail continues, "It is my opinion that my sister Anne truly believes, at this moment, what she has asserted about our father's past behavior; however, at the same time, I would like to point out that Anne, in the past, has expressed doubts herself about the accuracy of such memories. Based on my experience and her own expressed doubts, I believe that her memories regarding our father are untrue. And I can state emphatically, regardless of Anne's beliefs, that the assertion that our mother knew about such behavior is absolutely false." Back in 2009, she confirmed that the chances of repairing her relationship with her mother is somewhat far-fetched while talking to The Daily Telegraph.
Mental illness and drugs
Heche was mentally distraught after the split with Ellen back in 2000. The complexity of her emotional turmoil was further amplified when 10 days later breaking up, she knocked on a random woman's home out in the desert on August 19. She drove from LA all the way out to Cantua Creek outside Fresno, California, and ditched her SUV on a dusty roadside. She walked almost 1.5 miles wearing just a bra and shorts before knocking on the door of a dazed Araceli Campiz who instantly recognized Heche. Back then People reported that Campiz said, "I was thinking, 'Oh my God, we're in the middle of nowhere', and she walks in."
Campiz explained that Heche "took off her Nikes and said she needed to take a shower", to which she had no objections. Campiz explained how she was sure that Heche was no drugged, drunk, or high. However, the actress later accepted that she had taken ecstasy. Soon enough, Campiz got anxious because Heche did not call any family or friends for at least half an hour. Campiz ended up calling the sherrif's office and when they arrived, Heche told them that she was “God, and was going to take everyone back to heaven…in a spaceship," as per a report on KSEE-TV. Heche is currently in the hospital as we speak, recovering from the burns.