In her new, posthumously-released memoir Call Me Anne, Anne Heche described her proudest accomplishment as being Ellen DeGeneres. Along with the birth of her children, she was particularly proud to stand up for LGBTQ+ equality through her relationship with the comedian, 64, from 1997 to 2000.
Anne died at the age of 53 after suffering injury in a car accident in August 2022, while stating that she was introduced during a podcast interview as "the first "sexually fluid" person to go public." Most importantly, she said that same-sex marriage is now a protected crime because to her leadership.
“It was a moment when I realized that I wanted to be a part of a movement that calls for equality regardless of gender and makes it a law,” the actress said.
Anne writes many thoughts about Ellen's relationship, including being advised not to bring the comedian as her date for her 1995 film Volcano. Anne claimed that she fired the "suits," who told her not to bring Ellen, and that their relationship became one of the most significant moments in her career. "I had no clue what that one decision would be like."
Anne wrote that she was escorted out of the premiere privately, and the following day, she was terminated from a multi-movie agreement with Fox, and she was blacklisted, not receiving another studio film for a decade. "It's one of my greatest accomplishments," she said.
Anne's posthumous memoir chronicles her interactions with Ellen, her experiences working with Harrison Ford, her experiences with sexual assault, and her own strategies and suggestions to help with self-acceptance.
Ellen posted her condolences for her late ex and her family after Anne's death in a car accident.