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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 ❤️

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 day out she was awesome! Her acting was top notched and had me and rest of the AW fans and other’s tuning in to view her along with Tom Eplin, he was great too! To view Anne Heche on AW I knew she be star, and she was doing it her way. We will never know what was going on with her during her last days, but she has left a legacy in daytime that will NOT be done again on screen. Heche was a top notch actress and her acting skills were just awesome and she did take all of us to Another World. She be missed deeply! ♥ RIP

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.

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!†*****

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 misdemeanor charges! Leave her alone! How about showing some significant clips of her best work, like her stunning performance as the scheming Rowena in GRACIE’S CHOICE or as the terrified mother in GIRL FIGHT. THAT would be appropriate and respectful, not telling viewers that “our thoughts and prayers are with Anne’s family.” If so, back off!

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 get that now that she’s gone.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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 it was for her to film Vicky/Marley scenes. She did it so well and effortlessly. I was so sad when she left AW. To this day, those characters that she made her own, are some of my favorite. You are missed Anne, but your work and love will live on. Thank you for sharing your gift and entertaining me.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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Billy Miller’s Mother Issues Statement On His Passing

Patricia Miller, the mother of the late Billy Miller, has come forward and issued a touching statement on the tragic death of her beloved son at age 43.  The statement was shared by Billy’s longtime manager, Marnie Sparer, via social media.

Billy was best-known for his performances as Richie Nowack on All My Children, Billy Abbott of The Young and the Restless and Jason Morgan/Drew Cain on General Hospital, as well as countless primetime roles.  Throughout his career, Miller took home three Daytime Emmys for his work.

“I would like to share the following thoughts,” Patricia began. “I want to personally thank the many fans & personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers & condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ – Billy Miller.”

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Patricia continued with these sentiments, as she wanted to clear up any misinterpretations on this death: “He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”

The soap world as well as Billy’s family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues are in deep mourning for this talented man, who was gone too soon.

Share your thoughts, and send your condolences to Patricia Miller and the rest of Billy’s family, via the comment section below.

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