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

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

Anne Heche was in the hospital on Saturday after an accident in which her car crashed into a house and burst into flames, a representative for the actress 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 that her privacy be respected, People reported.

Her speeding car came to a T-intersection and drove off the road into the house in the Mar Vista section of Los Angeles’ west side just before 11 a.m. Friday, Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im said.

The car was left inside the two-story home and started a fire that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Officials have not identified Heche as the driver who was pulled from the car when it was inside the house, but said it was registered to her.

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

No other injuries have been reported, and no one has been arrested. Police detectives are investigating the case.

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

A native of Ohio, Heche first came to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.

In the late 1990s, she became one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood, a constant on magazine covers and in big-budget films. 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”; with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998’s “Return to Paradise,” and with an ensemble cast in the original 1997 “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 increased her fame and brought immense public scrutiny.

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. Authorities said she had appeared shaken and disoriented, speaking incoherently to residents.

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

She was married to camera operator Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009. The two had a son together. She had another son in a relationship with actor James Tupper, her co-star in the TV series “Men In Trees”.

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

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