‘Six Days Seven Nights’ and ‘Donnie Brasco’ star was 53 – Deadline

Anne Heche, the star of six days seven nights Donnie Brasco, Walk the dog and a Daytime Emmy-winning television actress who was equally at home in everything from heavy dramas to sitcoms to rom-coms was taken off the life support system. She was 53 years old.

Declared brain dead several days ago, following her fiery car crash on August 5 in Los Angeles, Heche had been left on a ventilator with her heart beating so she could be assessed for a donation. organs. Several organs were to be removed this afternoon.

“Anne Heche has been peacefully taken off life support,” a rep for the actor said Sunday night.

Heche was seriously injured when her car jumped a curb and crashed into a house in West LA, where it burst into flames. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition. After Heche was declared brain dead earlier this week following tests that failed to detect brain activity, her family made the difficult decision on Thursday to remove her from life support after all viable organs could be donated if a match was found.

On Friday, his family and friend released the following statement:

“We have lost a shining light, a good and joyful soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend. Anne will be deeply missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery will forever stand in its truth, spreading its message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.

Photo gallery: Anne Heche’s film and television career

Heche first gained national prominence when she played twins Victoria “Vicky” Carson and Marley Love on the NBC soap opera. Another world from 1987 to 1991, roles that won her the Daytime Emmy for Best Young Actress in 1991 and after her nomination in 1989. She then won praise opposite Catherine Keener in Nicole Hofcenter’s buzzy independent film. walk and talk.

By the late ’90s, Heche had graduated from studio projects opposite high-profile co-stars such as Johnny Depp in Donnie BrascoTommy Lee Jones in VolcanoDustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro in Walk the dog and Harrison Ford in Six days, seven nights.

Still, Heche said leading roles weren’t the be-all and end-all of her professional ambitions.

“My goal has always been to play different roles, to change a lot, to be a character actress,” she said in 1998 before the release of Six days, seven nights, which grossed $164.9 million worldwide.

On the small screen, Heche had multi-episode arcs on Ally McBeal, Everwood and Pinch/Tuck in the early 2000s. Her role in the 2004 Lifetime Telepic Gracie’s Choice earned Heche a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

In 1997, she won the National Board of Review Award for Supporting Actress for her roles in Walk the dog and Donnie Brasco. She received GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an openly LGBT member of the entertainment or media community for their work in eliminating homophobia.

Heche was equally at home on Broadway, where she starred in Evidence from 2000-2002. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn today called Heche’s work in this production “Honest to God, I think it might be the best acting performance I’ve ever seen. of my life”. She also starred in Twentieth century in 2004.

Her personal life came under the microscope when she dated Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000. She was later married to Coleman “Coley” Laffoon from 2001 to 2007. The duo had one child, a son named Homer. She later had a second son, Atlas, with her. Men in the trees co-star James Tupper, from whom she separated in 2018.

Homer, 20, also expressed his sadness at the passing of his mother today in a statement.

“My brother Atlas and I lost our mum,” he said. “After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with deep, wordless sadness. I hope my mother is free from pain and begins to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.

He continued, “During these six days, thousands of friends, family members and fans have let me know their hearts. I am grateful for their love, as well as the support of my father, Coley, and my mother-in-law Alexi, who continue to be my rock during this time.

“Rest in peace mom, I love you,” he added.

Heche spoke openly about his personal issues.

In 2000, after wandering the desert outside of Fresno, California, she was admitted to the psychiatric ward of a local hospital, from which she was released shortly thereafter. Promote your memoirs call me crazy in 2001, Heche detailed her mental health issues, growing up in a chaotic household and what she said was childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father, who died in 1985.

“I think the main thing I learned from my upbringing is that pain can be turned into joy,” Heche said in 1998. “If I could overcome this pain and be as joyful as I am now, I would am an example of just how difficult something can become enjoyable.

Last June, Heche signed with Lifetime’s Girl in room 13, set to premiere this fall. She was also to star alongside Dermot Mulroney in Full turnan upcoming horror thriller, and was to recur in All stand up on CLEAN. Heche recently starred in the psychological thriller directed by Peter Facinelli The disappeared for Netflix, as well as Quiver’s tornado thriller 13 Minutes.

Heche made her professional acting debut at age 12 in a dinner theater production of The music man. Getting the job was, for her, a necessity as much as an art. She was one of five children, and her family by that time had moved 11 times in as many years.

“At the time, we had been kicked out of our house and my family was living locked up in a room in the house of a generous family in our church,” she recalls. “I was making $100 a week, which was more than anyone else in my family. We all put our money together in an envelope in a drawer and saved enough to move after a year.

Heche also discovered an emotional gain in acting.

“I found heaven on this stage,” she said. “I had been given the opportunity to live a life and a joy that was not in my family.”

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