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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

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UPDATED: According to Anne Heche’s rep, Holly Baird, “Anne Heche has been peacefully taken off life support,” in a statement released on Sunday night.

Previously, following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home on August 5th and suffering severe burns, the actress had been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche was a wonderful actress, loved her on Another World. Sending my condolences to her children friends and Family. My heart hurts hearing she passed away. May she RIP ❤️

ADAM POMPA
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ADAM POMPA

Being a huge fan of AW for many years, and I was sad when it was canceled. The show had so many talented actors / actress on it. The show was awesome and the storylines were great. Beverlee McKinsey rocked it, Linda Dano just awesome, Stephen Schnetzer great, Anna Stuart also rocked it (love her), Ellen Wheeler great, Nancy Frangione, awesome (miss her) Judi Evans, great, Alice Barrett rocked it (miss her, Alicia Coppola, rocked it, Thomas Ian Griffith, awesome, Matt Crane, great, Anna Holbrook great (miss her, Carmen Duncan, great, but Anne Heche really rocked it, day in and… Read more »

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Her work on AW was superb beyond words. I was just a teenager at the time, but she left such an imprint on this young soap fan that I always remembered her as one of my all-time faves.

Emma
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Emma

I’ve been watching Anne on AW clips on YouTube she was so good I wish she had stayed until the bitter end it would have been a much better show. She was Vicky to me always. RIP to a true daytime original and a STAR!†*****

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Soaphound

I’m really bereft about this news. All sympathies to Homer and Anne’s other loved ones. She was a unique actress with her own style. Even in the ill-advised remake of PSYCHO, she shone in the role of Marion Crane. And I love her LIFETIME and HALLMARK Christmas movies. I hope the press can be more respectful from here on. ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, which cashes in on celebrity woes, has been particularly pointed in listing all of Anne’s “demons”, averring she had “narcotics, notably cocaine in her system” and continually dredging up her unfortunate history post-Ellen. Now they’re piling on felony and… Read more »

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Michael (not Fairman)

I suppose that part is news as well, Soaphound–but I too wish the coverage had been less lurid and more balanced. While I certainly can’t condone driving under the influence (of whatever), I also can’t begin to understand what it’s like to be a survivor of child sexual abuse or what that might do to one’s psyche, and I would have hoped more compassion (not to mention respect) would have been shown in covering what happened–again, not asking that the bad parts get ignored or glossed over, just that they not take the forefront and overshadow everything else. Maybe she’ll… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

This is so sad. I have a fan since “Another World”. She was an amazing actress. I feel for her sons and their loss. RIP

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Loved Anne on Another World, all of her nighttime shows, especially Men In Trees and Chicago PD. My heart goes out to her family, especially her two sons. She was in so much pain and turmoil her whole life, hopefully now she will long-lastingly be at peace. God bless her and her loved ones.j

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Violet, I ADORED Men in Trees and was just devastated when it was canceled.

Her passing is such a loss. I do wonder if in cases like this it can be a blessing; I understand from news reports that had she survived, the road to recovery would have been long and painful, as well as very iffy. Terrible as this news is, I hope her family and friends can take comfort in the amount of suffering she has likely been spared.

Bella
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Bella

This whole situation is weird so everyone is sitting around waiting to take body parts? Just strange totally strange!!

Steve
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Steve

Being an organ donor is the last gift someone can give. In real life it saves others lives and may provide the dying individual’s loved ones some comfort. A painful situation to be in, but not weird or strange.

Momo
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Momo

Michael, thank you for reposting your talk with Anne. I missed it the first time. She was such a bright light. I hope she knew how many people loved her and how talented she was. I was disappointed when she wasn’t at the Emmys to accept her award. She is still being referred to as Emmy-nominated in her obituaries. This is hitting me hard. I only started watching Men In Trees because she was in it. It was a good show. I don’t think ABC did it any favors moving it around on the schedule. I never knew how hard… Read more »

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Anne Heche Memoir ‘Call Me Anne’ to Be Released Posthumously

Following the tragic death of Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), now comes word that the follow-up to her 2001 memoir Call Me Crazy will be released in January of 2023 posthumously.

Independent publisher, Start, shared an excerpt of the upcoming memoir, Call Me Anne, this week with the AP and Publisher’s Weekly.  The book’s publisher, Jarred Weisfeld, signed a deal with Heche back in May, and shared that she had turned it into a manuscript shortly before she died.

In a statement, Weisfield shared, “Anne was an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. This book deserves to be read by all of her fans. We are grateful to have the opportunity to share her message with the world. While we are very sad that Anne isn’t here to see the book be published we know it’s what she would have wanted.”

During her podcast “Better Together” with co-host Heather Duffy, Heche had mentioned she was writing a sequel to her original memoir, and that ‘some of the truths’ about her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres would be revealed.

Ellen and Anne’s relationship in Hollywood in the late 90’s, ultimately led to her being blacklisted in Hollywood due to the twosome being one of the first openly gay couples in Tinseltown.  In an excerpt from Call Me Anne, Heche shares, “I was labeled ‘outrageous’ because I fell in love with a woman. I had never been with a woman before I dated Ellen.”

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In a epilogue to the book, Heather Duffy expressed that Anne’s, “wish was that this book could help others get to the other side of pain and learn about her philosophy, which allowed her to remain in a life where she woke up each day looking for opportunities to find joy and spread kindness. So, in some ways, knowing her the way I do and knowing that spreading her message of kindness is what mattered to her most, she would be content that the last thing she worked on was this book.”

Anne passed away on August 14th at the age of 53, after being taken off life-support from injuries sustained from her fiery car crash into a home that eventually took her life.

What do you think about Anne’s second memoir coming in 2023? Will you be intrigued to see what she had to share? Let us know in the comment section. 

In case you missed it, Heche discusses with Michael Fairman in a virtual interview two years ago, about her time with DeGeneres and how it impacted her getting work in Hollywood and more.  You can watch it below.

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PRIMETIME EMMYS: Soap Alums Murray Bartlett and Amanda Seyfried Take Home Acting Honors

The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.

Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”

Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout.  In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

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In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Ralph became only the second black actress to win in the supporting actress category in 35 years – the first being none other than Days of our Lives’ Jackée Harry (Paulina) who won for her performance in 1987 for 227.

After Sheryl sang when she hit the stage to accept the award, she clarified what she was singing about adding: “I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist as a woman, especially as a woman of color … I’m an endangered species. I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs. And there’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life, find your voice and put it where it belongs.”

In an historic Emmy-win, The Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae became the first actor in a non-English series to win iLead Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Netflix’s South Korean smash hit.

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Other Emmy highlights included a moving and emotional speech from Lizzo after Amazon’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls won the Emmy for Best Competition Program.

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Lizzo shared: “I’m very emotional. The trophy is nice, but my emotion is for these people who are on the stage with me. The stories that they shared, they’re not that unique. They just don’t get the platform. Telling stories, let’s just tell more stories. When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media, someone fat like me, Black like me, beautiful like me.  If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I’d be like, ‘You’re going to see that person, but Bitch, it’s gonna have to be you.’”

In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.

Now, let us know, who you were most excited seeing take home the gold statuette during the 74th Primetime Emmys via the comment section. But first check out, Murray, Amanda, Sheryl Lee and Lizzo’s winning moments below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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