Actress Anne Heche hospitalized after car slams into L.A. home, sparks fire
Actress Anne Heche remains hospitalized after a car crashed at a home in Los Angeles Friday morning, sparking a house fire, authorities said.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, around 11 a.m. Friday, Heche drove a car into a two-story home near Malvista, starting a “large fire.”
The fire department said crews pulled Herche out of the vehicle and she was taken to hospital in a critical condition. No one else was injured. It is not known if anyone was inside the house at the time.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Saturday to CBS Los Angeles that Heche, 53, was the driver of the vehicle. CBS Los Angeles also confirmed that the car was registered to her.
A representative for Herce told CBS News on Saturday that she remains hospitalized, but gave no further details.
“Annie is currently in stable condition,” the representative said in a statement. “Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers. We also ask that her privacy be respected during this difficult time. Thank you.”
Meanwhile, 59 firefighters took just over an hour to put out the blaze, the fire department said. The home was “severely damaged”.
Safety video obtained by CBS Los Angeles from a nearby homeowner shows the car speeding on a residential street shortly before the crash. The sound of the collision can be heard but not seen in the video.
CBS Los Angeles also captured footage of crews pulling the damaged car out of the home’s driveway.
There is no word yet on the probable cause, or whether Heche will face charges.
Born in Ohio, Heche made his debut on the NBC soap “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy for the role.
In the late 1990s, she became one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, appearing regularly on magazine covers and big-budget films. She co-starred with Johnny Depp in 1997’s “Donnie Blasco”; with Tommy Lee Jones in 1997’s “Volcano”; 1998’s “Six Days and Seven Nights” with Harrison Ford ; with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998’s “Back to Heaven” and with the cast in the original 1997’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
From 1997 to 2000, her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres boosted her fame and gained widespread public attention.
In the fall of 2000, shortly after the two split, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door in a rural area near Fresno, California. Authorities said she looked shocked, disoriented and spoke incoherently to residents.
In her memoir “Call Me Crazy,” published the following year, Heche spoke about her lifelong struggles with mental health and an abusive childhood.
From 2001 to 2009, she was married to videographer Coleman Laffoon. The two have a son. During her relationship with actor James Tupper, she had another son, who was her co-star in the TV series “The Man in the Tree.”
For the past two decades, Heche has worked in small films, Broadway and TV shows. She recently had recurring roles on the web series “Chicago Police Department” and “All Rise,” and in 2020 was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”