By LYNN ELBER, AP TV Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Anne Heche was in hospital Saturday after an accident in which her car hit a house and flames erupted, a spokeswoman said.
“Anne is currently in stable condition. Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and respect her privacy during this difficult time,” Heche’s friend and podcast partner Heather Duffy Boylston said in a statement.
Heche’s high-speed car arrived at a T-shaped intersection and pulled off the road and entered the home in the Mar Vista section of Los Angeles’ west side shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, the police officer said. LAPD, Tony Im.
The car came to rest inside the two-story home and ignited a fire that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Television video showed a badly damaged and burnt-out blue Mini Cooper Clubman being towed out of the house, with a woman sitting on a stretcher and struggling as firefighters put her in an ambulance.
No other injuries were reported and no arrests were made. Police detectives are investigating.
Originally from Ohio, Heche first rose to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.
By the late 1990s, she had become one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses, a constant on magazine covers and in big-budget movies. She co-starred with Johnny Depp in “Donnie Brasco” in 1997; with Tommy Lee Jones in “Volcano” in 1997; with Harrison Ford in “Six Days, Seven Nights” in 1998; with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998’s “Return to Paradise” and with an ensemble in the 1997 original “I Know What You Did Last Summer”.
His relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 increased his fame and garnered immense public scrutiny.
In the fall of 2000, shortly after their breakup, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door in a rural area near Fresno, California. Authorities said she appeared shaken and disoriented and spoke incoherently to residents.
In a memoir published the following year, “Call Me Crazy,” Heche opened up about her lifelong struggles with mental health and a childhood of abuse.
She was married to cameraman Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009. The two had a son together. She had another son during a relationship with actor James Tupper, her co-star in the television series “Men In Trees”.
Heche has worked steadily in smaller films, on Broadway, and in television shows over the past two decades. She recently had recurring roles on the network series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise,” and in 2020 she took part in “Dancing With the Stars.”
“Better Together,” the podcast hosted by Heche and Duffy Boylston, is described online as a celebration of friendship.
AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.
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