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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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Trevor St. John Announces His Departure from The Young and the Restless

In a shocker, Trevor St. John revealed on Tuesday that he is leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless and his role as Tucker McCall.

The popular actor took to his account on X and in a series of posts said his “thank you’s” and bid farewell to the top-rated soap opera.

St. John shared, “As you well know, Tuckers come and Tuckers go, and so the cycle continues… this Tucker is in his go phase… I thank each and every member of the wonderful cast, the crew, the directors, the producers and production staff, and CBS/Sony for the great experience from day one to the last. I feel so fortunate to have played such a terrific role.”

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Trevor continued: “Most importantly, I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to you the (Y&R) fans. THANK YOU!” Tucker might be gone for the time being, but I’m not going anywhere. I’ve got projects in the works, and if you haven’t seen my film, A Good Enough Day, it’s now available to stream for free on Tubi!”

The news of his exit comes just two years shy of his time on The Young and the Restless.  St. John made his Genoa City debut in September of 2022 as the new Tucker, last played by Days of our Lives, Stephen Nichols (Steve). The role was first played by actor William Russ.

No word from St. John or Y&R as to when his last episode will air on the top-rated soap opera.  In story, Tucker is losing his company to a takeover by Audra and Victor, while Ashley is finally getting help she needs after her personality split.

So, what do you think about Trevor’s departure from Y&R? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Casts Joshua Morrow’s Son, Crew, as the New Will Spencer

In casting news, Crew Morrow, the son of  Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman, The Young and the Restless) and his wife, Tobe, is joining The Bold and the Beautiful as a a recast in the contract role of Will Spencer.

That means that Crew will be the biological son of Katie (Heather Tom), who formerly played Joshua Morrow’s on-screen sister, Victoria Newman over at Y&R) and Bill (Don Diamont).

According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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In addition, more casting was revealed. Jamison Belushi, the daughter of comedian and actor, Jim Belushi, is making a one-day guest appearance in the role of April, a lab technician on today’s Monday, June 17th episode. The outlet also mentioned that Li (Naomi Matsuda) and Finn (Tanner Novlan), with whom April works for, are about to embark on a summer mystery story that kicks off on July 1.

So, what do you think about Crew Morrow becoming the new Will Spencer on B&B? What do you think will be the new summer mystery story? Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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