Anne Heche was a beloved actress well known for her portrayal of twins Vicky and Marley on the soap opera Another World from 1984 until 1992, as well as her high-profile romance with Ellen DeGeneres.
The Emmy-award winning actress died in August 2022, leaving behind two sons – Homer and Atlas – and an unfinished memoir.
The book’s publisher, Jarred Weisfeld, said he signed a deal with Heche in May and that she had turned in a manuscript shortly before she died. Upon its post-humous release, the memoir of the star saw open discussion around her relationship with DeGeneres.
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“In 1997, I began a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres and was on the set of my first starring role in a big-budget movie, Six Days, Seven Nights,” she wrote in Call Me Anne, a sequel to her 2001 memoir Call Me Crazy.
“I was called into my co-star Harrison Ford’s trailer one lunch break within the first week of shooting. I was met with the sight of director Ivan Reitman and Harrison sitting on one of two white pleather sofas. I hesitantly sat on the opposite white pleather sofa.
“They had seen the evening news. Rumours were reported that Ellen and I were pregnant. Our ‘pregnancy’ was everywhere.”
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The star shared the vulnerable moment in which the public nature of her sexuality and same-sex relationship was berated, as directors queried why she couldn’t keep it from the public eye.
“They showed me this as proof of why this openness about my relationship was becoming a pain in the ass for them,” Heche wrote. “Why, Ivan asked me, can’t I just be like Jodie Foster? (I didn’t know what that meant. ‘Everybody knows it,’ he explained, ‘it’ being her sexuality. ‘She just doesn’t talk about it.’)”
DeGeneres and Heche couple dated for three years from 1997 until 2000 and were one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples. Heche explained why the openness was so important to her.
“I had lived in a family that was built upon lies,” she recalled. “My father hid his sexuality his entire life.”
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“When I met Ellen and she was open and honest about her sexuality, it was the most attractive and alluring quality in a person that I had ever seen.
“I was mesmerised by her honesty, and that is why she was the first and only woman that I ever fell in love with.
“I was in love with a person who had chosen to leverage her very public persona in support of the cause she was standing up for, which was LGBTQ+ rights for everybody on the planet who wanted them. Love became my destiny.”
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After Heche’s sudden death , DeGeneres, 64, shared a short tribute to her ex-girlfriend.
“This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love,” she said in a statement.
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