Anne Heche Finishes Memoir Before Death

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The memoir of the late film and television star Anne Heche has been in the works for the past year and is set for release in January 2023.

Billed as “part memoir and part self-acceptance workbook,” Call Me Anne explores how Heche came to the spotlight in showbiz, her history of childhood sexual abuse, and consists of personal anecdotes about his relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in the 1990s when they were one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples.

The book is a sequel to Heche’s 2001 autobiography Call Me Crazy.

“I was labeled ‘outrageous’ because I fell in love with a woman,” Heche said in Call Me Anne, per an excerpt revealed by the Associated Press. “I had never been with a woman before I dated Ellen.” 

The excerpt adds: “I did not, personally, identify as a lesbian. I simply fell in love! It was, to be clear, as odd to me as anyone else. 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 I fell in love with a person instead of their gender, I would have loved to have answered if anyone had asked, but as I said earlier, no one ever did. I am happy that I was able to tell you in this book – once and for all.” 

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Heche Gives Manuscript to Weisfeld

Jared Weisfeld, president of New Jersey-based Start Publishing, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he signed a deal with Heche in May. And the actress gave him the manuscript just before she died in a car accident in August. She was 53 years old.

Call Me Anne will reminisce how the star’s Six Days, Seven Nights co-actor Harrison Ford became her mentor, lay out an encounter with disgraced showrunner Harvey Weinstein, navigate her relationship with God, and other personal stories and poems.

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