Anne Heche has posthumously reintroduced herself in her new memoir, “Call Me Anne” (Viva Editions, 176 pp., out now).
Heche died in August at the age of 53, nine days after she was pulled from a burning car and taken to hospital in critical condition after crashing into a Los Angeles home. The memoir—dedicated to her sons Homer Heche Laffoon and Atlas Heche Tupper, as well as “Better Together” podcast host Heather Duffy—was completed shortly before her death.
The late actress leaked details of her late-’90s relationship with then-newlywed Ellen DeGeneres, alleged abuse by directors Harvey Weinstein and the late Donald Camille, overcoming abuse as a child, and working with Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford.
Also doubles as a self-help book. Heche writes in the preface: “Every stage of life has had lessons for me, and I hope that what I have learned may help ease the way for others.”
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Anne Heche says Ellen DeGeneres is the “first and only” woman she’s ever loved
Heche and DeGeneres’ relationship in the late 1990’ss It was a big moment for the LGBTQ+ culture, as they were one of the first gay couples in Hollywood to openly love each other. “NNothing in my life I’m so proud to be involved in – other than giving birth, of course! “
“I didn’t care. The first time I saw Elaine, I knew how true that was,” the actress recalled. “Simply put: cool has no sex. no love.”
DeGeneres was the “first and only” woman Heche fell in love with. Heche, whose father hid his homosexuality until his death from AIDS in 1983, was drawn to the talk show host’s honesty about her sexuality. DeGeneres caused quite a stir after appearing on the cover of Time in 1997, but there was still reluctance from agents about opening up as a couple. Heche recalls being told the cast before the premiere of her 1997 movie “Volcano” that it didn’t feel good for them to make their red carpet debut.
Heche fired the representatives in protest. She wrote, “The next day I was fired from a multi-million dollar picture deal by Fox, then blacklisted. It took ten years before I shot another studio picture. I felt like patient zero in cancel culture.”
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Since Heche did not categorize her sexuality, she wrote that she was “shunned for being different from both gay and straight people. I did not yet know that I would be an representative of the right to be different.”
Heche recalls being hired by DeGeneres to document her comedy tour after her sitcom “Ellen” was canceled in 1998. It was one of the stops at the Millennium March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Equal Rights and Liberation. The actress wrote that at the time, she didn’t have the proper language to express how she felt about their relationship and ended up insulting the audience.
She wrote, “I didn’t accept that being gay isn’t a choice. After all, I believe choice is power. I made the choice to fall in love with a woman, and I’ve never been of the same sex before.” “I rejected their massive, historic protest.”
Her intention was to say that she felt love was a choice – gay or straight.
Heche later writes about the importance of giving yourself grace and learning from your mistakes. “It’s very easy to unintentionally say something hurtful — like telling an entire march of LGBTQ+ people that their sexuality is a choice. But once you know why what you said or did is harmful, you have the option to double down and insist you’re right no matter what anyone tells you. Or listen to what other people have to say and consider their point of view.
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Harrison Ford supported Anne Heck during the filming of Six Days, Seven Nights
Heche and DeGeneres were plagued by rumors while Heche was filming the 1998 romantic comedy “Six Days, Seven Nights” with co-star Harrison Ford. Heche wrote that director Ivan Reitman once asked her, “Why can’t you be like Jodie Foster?” When she wanted clarification, Reitman allegedly said, “Everyone knows it, she just doesn’t talk about it.” Foster, who is married to Alexandra Hedison, stepped out at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards during her speech.
DeGeneres’ show Ellen was coming to an end and her relationship with Heche seemed to be “proof that everyone should stay in the closet,” Heche writes with an air of irony.
When Heche ignored Reitman’s plea for her to be careful about her love life, Ford assured her that they would continue filming. “I still don’t know exactly why he chose to help me when it seemed as if the entire film industry had decided I was a box office poisoner. But right now it seemed like my career was at an all-time low, and everything I had worked for was slipping from my grasp. Harrison reached out and threw me an artery.” survival,” Heche writes. “He did it to me out of courtesy of not caring who I was sleeping with. He did — and still does — mean the world.”
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Heche opens chapter nine with a bold statement: “I regret not kicking Harvey Weinstein in the (expletive) after he opened his hotel room robe to share (his penis) with me as a gift: a present for me? You shouldn’t. You shouldn’t have done that. You have.” I was as disgusted by his face as I was by his face when he revealed himself to me.”
She claims Weinstein asked her to perform oral sex on him in the early 1990s. “He’s taken advantage of the weakest, most fragile group in Hollywood: the wanna-be stars who mostly come from nothing or very little. There’s a good percentage of the poor – or it will be if they don’t get a job soon!” Heche writes about the disgraced movie mogul.
In December, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault at his trial in Los Angeles. In 2020, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in a New York sex crimes case, and was found guilty of sexual assault and rape in the third degree.
Heche also wrote that she was sexually harassed by the late director Donald Camille while filming the 1996 movie “Wild Side.” In the movie, Heche shares a sex scene with actress Joan Chen. Heche writes that Cammell asked her to perform a sexual act on his wife China Kong to help Heche Get comfortable with her sexuality. Hesh wrote that she refused and only completed the film because the studio threatened to sue her.
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Anne Heche recalls her role during the Alec Baldwin sex scene
Heche’s diary is filled with words of encouragement, even at the cost of embarrassing her. The actress writes about an incident while filming a sex scene for the 1996 movie “The Juror” with Alec Baldwin. Heche recalls having an intimate covering over her genitals that she described as “just shy of a Band-Aid” and running in circles with Balwin giving the indication that they were sweating during a heated sex session.
The director cut the scene before it was finished. Heche writes that an assistant asked her if she was on her period. Heche sure had her turn.
“I was evidently bleeding buckets of blood, for within half a turn of my head I saw the whole crew helping and abetting the frantically ripping off the bed sheets. hemorrhage on me. There was no way it didn’t spread all over Alec. it was blood Everywhere, “I wrote.” This was my rep’s worst possible nightmare, because it was real! I had just menstruated all over Alec Baldwin and worn out the set of sheets I had.”
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When did Anne Heck write “Call Me Anne?”
Heche mentioned that she was working on another book in a posthumously released episode of the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast. Heitchie told host David Yountif that her “next book” was the “flip-side” of her first book, 2001’s “Call Me Crazy.”
“It’s a practice of how to move beyond abuse and how to begin the process of living in love with yourself, interacting with others, and living in love with kindness when you can bring yourself to others in their full potential,” she said. .
Heche writes in the memoir, “I don’t have all the answers, but I did find some through years of working to overcome the struggles I was born into.” “I am guided by both my higher powers and the importance of bringing more love and kindness into the world. … Love is everything, and awareness is the only light that guides us.”
Contributing: Amy Hanlin, Edward Segara; News agency
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