Actor Anne Heche in hospital after car crashes in Los Angeles house, causing fire

Actor Anne Heche has been hospitalized after an accident in which her car drove into a house and erupted into flames, a friend said.

“Anne is currently in stable condition. Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time,” Heather Duffy Boylston, Heche’s friend and podcast partner, said in a statement.

Earlier reports suggested that Heche was in hospital in critical condition.

Heche’s speeding car came to a T-shaped intersection and ran off the road and into the house in the Mar Vista section of Los Angeles’ west side shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, Los Angeles police officer Tony Im said.

The car came to a stop in the two-story house, causing a fire that took more than an hour to extinguish, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

The LAFD reported that the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle were rescued after being seriously injured in the crash.

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Television news video showed a blue Mini Cooper Clubman, badly damaged and burned, being dragged from the house, with a woman sitting on a stretcher and struggling as firefighters put her in an ambulance.

No other injuries have been reported and no arrests have been made. The police are investigating.

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Born in Ohio, Heche first came to prominence on the American soap opera Another World from 1987 to 1991.

She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.

In the late 1990s, she became one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, a constant on the covers of magazines and in big-budget movies.

She co-starred with Johnny Depp in 1997’s Donnie Brasco; with Tommy Lee Jones in 1997’s Volcano; with Harrison Ford in Six Days, Seven Nights in 1998; with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998’s Return to Paradise, and with a cast in the original 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 increased her fame and sparked huge public criticism.

Ellen Degeneres holds her head to the side and watches Anne Heche as Heche laughs
Anne Heche (right) had a high-profile relationship with Ellen Degeneres in the late 1990s. (AFP: Hector Mata)

In the fall of 2000, shortly after the two broke up, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door in a rural area near Fresno, California.

Authorities said she was shocked and disoriented and spoke incoherently with residents.

In a memoir released the following year, Call Me Crazy, Heche spoke of her lifelong struggle with mental health and a childhood of abuse.

She was married to cinematographer Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009.

The two had a son together.

She had another son while dating actor James Tupper, her co-star on the TV series Men In Trees.

Heche has consistently worked in minor films, on Broadway and in TV shows for the past two decades.

She recently had recurring roles on the network series Chicago PD and All Rise, and was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars in 2020.

Better Together, Heche and Duffy Boylston’s podcast, is described online as a celebration of friendship.

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