Anne Heche remains hospitalized after her vehicle crashed into a home on Friday morning in Los Angeles, where she was pulled from the burning car.
“Anne is currently in stable condition,” her friend Heather Duffy Boylston told The Associated Press on Saturday. The 53-year-old actress’ family and friends have asked her to wish her luck and “respect her privacy during this difficult time.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Heche representatives for more details.
Television video showed a damaged blue Mini Cooper Clubman being towed away as firefighters put a woman in an ambulance.
Without identifying the driver, Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to USA TODAY that an accident had occurred and the vehicle “was engulfed in flames”.
Anne Heche hospitalized:The actress in “stable” condition after a violent car accident in Los Angeles
Anne Heche was trapped in a burning car for over an hour before rescuers pulled her out
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a news release that the vehicle struck a two-story house, causing “structural compromise and causing heavy fire.” The driver was taken to hospital “in critical condition,” the statement said.
Fifty-nine firefighters responded to the incident and took 65 minutes to extinguish the flames and rescue an adult woman from the vehicle, LAFD said. No other injuries were reported.
David Manpearl, a neighbor of the person whose home was destroyed in Heche’s crash, told Fox News on Friday that he tried to save the actress from her car but it was “impossible.”
She told him “she wasn’t doing well,” he shared. “So it was hard.”
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Alec Baldwin and other celebrities rally around Anne Heche after crash
Alec Baldwin posted an Instagram video Saturday to his “old pal” and “The Juror” co-star Heche. “She’s an incredibly talented woman,” Baldwin said and called her “courageous.”
“I hope you get through this. My heart goes out to you. I’m sorry this tragic thing happened to you,” he added. “I send you all my love.”
Late Friday, ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘A Million Little Things’ star James Tupper, Heche’s former partner of 10 years and father of one of his children, posted a photo of the actress and their son , Atlas, now 13, on his verified Instagram account.
“Thoughts and prayers for this lovely wife, actress and mother tonight,” he wrote along with a heart emoji. “anneheche we love you.”
Heche is also a mother to son Homer, 20, whom she shares with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon.
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Anne Heche rose to fame in the 1990s
Heche shot to fame on the soap opera “Another World” in the 90s, playing twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love. The roles won him a Daytime Emmy.
She then acted in the films “Volcano”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Psycho”.
Most recently, the actress has appeared on “All Rise,” “Chicago PD,” “The Brave,” and The Weeknd’s upcoming HBO show “The Idol,” starring Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp.
The actress dated Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000
At the height of Heche’s career, she dated Ellen DeGeneres following the comedian’s exit in 1997. While appearing on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2020, Heche opened up about her past relationship with DeGeneres. The two met at a Vanity Fair Oscars party in 1997 and were a couple until 2000.
“I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three and a half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so severe that I was fired from my multi-million dollar contract, and I did not work in a studio photo for 10 years,” Heche said on “DWTS.”
Judy Wieder, editor of The Advocate, told People when Heche and DeGeneres’ relationship ended, “They were either made into models of happiness for same-sex couples or they were attacked. Cameras followed them everywhere. maybe exhilarating, but at other times I’m sure it was a total nightmare.”
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Heche spoke openly about his mental health issues in his memoir “Call Me Crazy”
Heche has opened up about his mental health struggles in recent years.
In 2000, she was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door near Fresno, California. Authorities said she appeared shaken and disoriented and spoke incoherently to residents.
In “Call Me Crazy,” her memoir published in 2001, Heche opened up about her lifelong struggles with mental health and a childhood of abuse.
“I’m not crazy,” she told ABC News that year. “But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years for me to be crazy.”
To cope with the trauma of her life, “I drank. I smoked. I did drugs. I had sex,” the actress said. “I did everything I could to get rid of the shame in my life.”
During a meeting with Larry King in 2001, Heche said she believed she had schizophrenia but had “never told anyone” until then.
“I was a perfect hider. I was raised to hide. I was raised to pretend. I was raised to always tell everyone that everything was fine, and even though I followed therapy for years, I never told anyone that I had another personality. I never told anyone that I heard voices and spoke to God,” the woman said. star.
Contributors: Lynn Elber, The Associated Press, and Charles Trepany, Kim Willis and Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY