Actress Anne Heche hospitalized after car slams into L.A. home, sparks fire

Actress Anne Heche remained hospitalized Friday morning after her car crashed into a home in Los Angeles, setting a house on fire in the process, officials said.

According to the LA Fire Department, around 11 a.m. Friday, Heche was behind the wheel of a car when it rammed into a two-story home in the Mar Vista neighborhood, causing a “massive fire.”

The fire department said employees pulled Heche out of the car and taken him to hospital in critical condition. No one else got hurt. It is not clear whether anyone was inside the house at the time.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to CBS Los Angeles on Saturday that Heche, 53, was the driver of the car. CBS Los Angeles also confirmed that the car was registered with him.

A representative for Heche told CBS News on Saturday that she was still hospitalized, but did not provide further details.

“Anne is currently in stable condition,” the representative said in a statement. “Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers. We also ask you to respect her privacy during this difficult time. Thank you.”

Meanwhile, the fire department said it took 59 firefighters more than an hour to douse the blaze. The house was “heavily damaged”.

In a security video obtained by CBS Los Angeles from a nearby landlord, the car was speeding down a residential street just moments before the accident. The sound of the collision can be heard in the video, but cannot be seen.

CBS Los Angeles also captured footage of employees pulling the crashed car off the driveway of the home.

There was no immediate word on a possible cause, or whether Heche could face charges.

A native of Ohio, Heche first came to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.

She became one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses in the late 1990s, making frequent appearances on magazine covers and in big-budget movies. He co-starred with Johnny Depp in “Donnie Brasco” in 1997; with Tommy Lee Jones in 1997’s “Volcano”; With Harrison Ford in 1998’s “Six Days, Seven Nights”; With Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998’s “Return to Paradise” and with the ensemble cast in the original 1997 “I Know What You Did Last Summer”.

His relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 increased his fame and brought public scrutiny.

Soon after the two broke up in the fall of 2000, Heche was hospitalized after a stranger knocked on the door in a rural area near Fresno, California. Officials said she appeared shaken and disoriented, and was speaking inconsistently to residents.

In a memoir released the following year, “Call Me Crazy,” Heche talked about his lifelong struggle with mental health and a childhood of abuse.

She was married to camera operator Coleman Laphoon from 2001 to 2009. Both also had a son. She had another son during a relationship with actor James Tupper, her co-star in the TV series “Men in Trees”.

Heche has consistently appeared in short films, Broadway and TV shows over the past two decades. She most recently had recurring roles in the network series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise” and was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2020.

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