After making her screen debut in “Another World,” Anne Heche has been a Hollywood icon for over 30 years.
The late actress died August 12 at age 53 after succumbing to critical injuries sustained from a car accident in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles a week prior. From roles in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Wag the Dog” to ill-fated Hitchcock heroine Marion Crane in the “Psycho” remake and leading series “Nip/Tuck,” “Everwood,” “Hung,” and “Men in Trees,” Heche’s career spanned every genre imaginable.
Heche earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2004 for “Gracie’s Choice,” and wrote and directed the 2001 made-for-TV movie “Reaching Normal.” She later served as co-creator and executive producer of NBC sitcom “Bad Judge,” which ran for one season.
The official statement from Heche’s representatives honored her film legacy: “Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”
Heche’s family further told TMZ: “We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”
Over the past few years, Heche has become a fixture on a variety of network dramas including “The Brave,” “All Rise,” “Quantico,” and “Chicago P.D.” In her final film appearances, Heche stars in the upcoming horror-thriller “Full Ride” alongside Dermot Mulroney, and her Lifetime film “Girl in Room 13” will be released this September.
Heche is survived by her sister Abigail and her two sons, Homer and Atlas Heche Tupper.
Below, IndieWire remembers Heche’s enduring film career and honors her greatest roles.
Christian Blauvelt and Ryan Lattanzio contributed to this story.