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Anne Heche details Ellen DeGenere’s ‘strange’ romance in posthumous book

Anne Heche detailed her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in her new book call me Annewhich is expected to be released posthumously next year.

The memoir – due for release in January 2023 – is a sequel to 2001 call me crazy. According to its publisher, Jarred Weisfeld, president of Start Publishing, the Donnie Brasco The actress had completed a manuscript shortly before her death.

Heche died on August 11 at the age of 53 after her car crashed into a house in Mar Vista, California six days earlier, setting the house on fire.

At the time, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported that it took more than an hour for 59 firefighters “to access, contain and completely extinguish the stubborn flames in the heavily damaged structure and rescue an adult woman found in the vehicle”.

He was rushed to hospital with severe burns. His rep later revealed that Heche fell into a coma and “suffered severe anoxic brain damage” as well as “significant lung damage.”

According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Heche’s official cause of death was smoke inhalation and thermal injury. The accident was ruled by accident.

Heche and DeGeneres, 64, were one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples and dated from 1997 to 2000. Following their romance, Heche was blacklisted from Hollywood at the height of her career.

In extracts from call me Anne Obtained by The Associated Press (AP), the Ohio native shared her thoughts on their high-profile relationship after the pair met at a vanity lounge Oscar’s party.

“I was labeled ‘outrageous’ because I fell in love with a woman,” said the Six days, seven nights star wrote. “I had never been with a woman before dating Ellen.”

“I personally didn’t identify as a lesbian. I just fell in love! It was, to be clear, as strange to me as it was to anyone else,” the snippet continues. “There were no words to describe how I felt. Gay didn’t feel right, and neither did straight. Alien might be the best fit, I sometimes thought. What, why and how did I fall in love with a person instead of their gender, I would have loved to have answered if someone had asked, but as I said earlier, no one ever did. I’m glad I could tell you in this book, once and for all.

In addition to DeGeneres, the AP reported that Heche’s memoir will include stories about Alec Baldwin, director Oliver Stone and others, as well as what it was like to have Harrison Ford as a mentor.

Following her death, DeGeneres released a statement via Twitter, writing, “This is a sad day. Sending Anne’s children, family and friends all my love.”

Heche is survived by son Homer Laffoon, whom she shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon, and son Atlas Heche Tupper, whom she shared with ex-boyfriend James Tupper.

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