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Anne Celeste Heche was an American actor and voice actor who provided the voice for Suyin Beifong in The Legend of Korra.

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Anne Heche was born the youngest of five children of Nancy, née Prickett, and Donald Joseph Heche. Heche's family moved a total of eleven times during her childhood, and at one point they lived in an Amish community. The family settled in Ocean City, New Jersey, when Heche was twelve years old. Due to desperate finances, Anne went to work at a dinner theater in Swainton. Heche's father died of AIDS in March 1983, when she was thirteen, and she lost her brother in a car accident three months later.

Outside of a short relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, Heche has been involved romantically with men. In 2001, she married Coleman "Coley" Laffoon, a cameraman whom she had met the previous year on DeGeneres' stand-up comedy tour. They have a son, Homer, born on March 2, 2002. Laffoon filed for divorce on February 2, 2007, after five and a half years of marriage, and Heche lost the ensuing custody battle with him for their son. Heche reportedly left her husband for Men in Trees co-star James Tupper. The couple moved in together in August 2007. Their son, Atlas Heche Tupper, was born on March 7, 2009.


In 1985, when Heche was sixteen, an agent spotted her in a school play and secured her an audition for the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Heche flew to New York City, auditioned, and was offered a job, but her mother insisted she finish high school first. Shortly before her high school graduation in 1987, Heche was offered a dual role on the daytime soap opera Another World, which she accepted; thus, she moved away from home despite her mother's disapproval.

Heche began appearing in film in 1993, debuting in the Disney adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In 1996, she appeared in the independent film Walking and Talking, gaining positive notice from film critic Alison Macor of the Austin Chronicle, who wrote in her review that Heche "is destined for larger film roles". For her performance as Johnny Depp's wife in the 1997 crime drama Donnie Brasco, critic Janet Maslin of the New York Times wrote, "Anne Heche does well with what could have been the thankless role."

Heche's first high-profile role came in the 1998 romantic adventure Six Days Seven Nights; however, it was soon revealed that she was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. Although Heche did land a second starring role shortly thereafter as Vince Vaughn's love interest in the acclaimed drama Return to Paradise, the romance with DeGeneres destroyed her prospects as a leading lady. Heche said she was told she would never get a job; though she has not stopped working, she has since fallen under the Hollywood radar.

Despite this negative stigma, Heche has still been cast in significant roles, such as the well-received independent film Birth. In 2005, she had a recurring role in Nip/Tuck. Heche also created and starred in her own series, Men in Trees and was later cast in the HBO series Hung.

In March 2014, the USA Network announced Heche had been cast in its upcoming action adventure drama series Dig. She will portray the head of the FBI office in Jerusalem whose agents uncover a two-thousand-year-old conspiracy while investigating an archaeologist's murder. The six-episode series is expected to premiere in late 2014.

On August 5, 2022, Heche was involved in a series of two car crashes, the second resulting in a fire that left her severely burned. She was transported to hospital, and a representative later said she was in an extremely critical condition. On August 11, it was said that Heche was not expected to survive due to an anoxic brain injury, and later that day she was declared brain dead. In accordance with her wish to be an organ donor, Heche was kept on life support to determine if her organs were viable for donation and to locate recipients.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shoard, Catherine (August 12, 2022). Actor Anne Heche dies a week after car crash, aged 53. The Guardian. Retrieved on August 12, 2022.
  2. Winton, Richard (August 12, 2022). Anne Heche is 'brain dead' but remains on life support for organ donation, rep says. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on August 13, 2022.