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Anne Hech, star of ‘Will the Dog’ and ‘Donnie Brasco’, dies aged 53



Anne Hatch, the charming actor whose versatility fueled a remarkable career in television and film that spanned four decades, has died at the age of 53.

“Ann Hech was peacefully taken off life support,” a representative for her family told CNN earlier Sunday night, later confirming the actress’ death.

Hechy’s car crashed into a house in Los Angeles and caught fire on August 5. After the crash, Hechi suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” that deprived her brain of oxygen, among other critical injuries after the crash, her family and friends said in a statement to CNN.

Hechy was an award-winning actress who appeared in films such as the 1998 remake of Psycho and the rom-com Six Days and Seven Nights opposite Harrison Ford. She also made a cameo in the 2000 HBO film If These Walls Could Talk 2, and in her 2001 memoir, she opened up about her lifelong struggle with mental illness after being abused by her father.

In 1987, Hatch made her television debut on the soap opera Another World, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award. After leaving the show, she began her film career, appearing in notable films including Donnie Brasco and Wave the Dog.

When Hatch and Ellen DeGeneres started dating in 1997 — around the same time DeGeneres came out in real life and on her eponymous sitcom — they quickly became one of the most famous same-sex couples in the world. They broke up in 2000.

Hatch told Page Six last year that her relationship with DeGeneres led to her losing roles and described herself as “patient zero of cancellation culture.”

Still, she said, she considered herself “part of the change” that helped normalize same-sex relationships in mainstream culture.

“I’m in on it,” she told Page Six. “It’s a badge of honor.”

In her 2001 memoir, Call Me Crazy, she said that her father had sexually abused her as a child, and that she suffered from mental illness for much of the first 30 years of her life. She revealed in an interview with CNN’s Larry King that year that her identity is split between herself and the persona she invented as a child to adapt to the abuse.

“I’ve had to live a lot of life to get to where I am now,” she told King. “I had to see the truth and go through the shame, and I’m very grateful for every step I took. I don’t think I could have handled it before.”

Anne Hech’s very public life often overshadowed her screen career

In 2004, Hatch appeared on Broadway in The Twentieth Century, for which she was nominated for a Tony. In recent years, Heche has returned to television, appearing in series such as Brave, Quantico and Chicago Cop. In 2020, she participated in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars.

Hechi’s Hollywood peers responded to the news of her collapse with an outpouring of support. Her former partner and Tree People co-star James Tupper, with whom she has one of two sons, wrote on Instagram: “Thoughts and prayers for this wonderful woman, actress and mother tonight Anne Hech. We love you.”

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