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Anne Heche gets support from Hollywood after car crash

Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell and Rosanna Arquette are among the Hollywood stars who have Anne Heche in their thoughts after the actor’s fiery car crash in Mar Vista last week.

On Friday, Heche landed in the hospital after crashing her car and causing a home to catch fire. She is in a coma after sustaining burns. As of Monday, Heche “is in critical condition” with “a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” a spokeswoman for Heche told The Times in a statement.

Baldwin, who co-starred with Heche in a number of film and stage projects, including “The Juror” and “Twentieth Century,” said he’s sending his best wishes to his “old pal of mine.”

“There’s not a lot of women I’ve worked with that are brave in the way that Anne is brave,” Baldwin said in an Instagram post on Saturday. “She would do anything. She was very original and very brave.”

The “30 Rock” actor praised Heche as “an amazingly talented woman” and said he hopes she recovers from her injuries. His followers, however, weren’t quite as enamored with her actions on Friday.

“Did you see how reckless she was driving and how she hit a building before she crashed? Did you see the RING doorbell footage? She is lucky she didn’t kill anyone,” an Instagram user replied to Baldwin’s post.

Before the crash, neighbors witnessed the actor speeding down their street. She was also spotted shopping for a red wig at a nearby hair salon in Venice right before her accident.

Los Angeles police confirmed on Monday that detectives are investigating the crash and obtained a search warrant for Heche’s blood to determine whether she was driving under the influence. Fifty-nine firefighters responded to the site of the fire and needed 65 minutes to fully extinguish the flames on Friday.

Hours after the crash, Arquette tweeted that Heche’s fiery accident was “really tragic” and encouraged her followers to “pray for her.” When a follower questioned Heche’s actions, Arquette said that the actor “clearly was in a crisis.”

Heche’s ex-boyfriend James Tupper, with whom she shares a son, Atlas, sent his “thoughts and prayers” with an Instagram photo of the actor on Saturday. Similarly, another ex-boyfriend, Thomas Jane, told the Daily Mail on Saturday that he’s expecting Heche “to pull through” and overcome her injuries.

Peter Facinelli, “Twilight” actor and Heche’s co-star in the 2021 film “13 Minutes,” addressed Heche via his Instagram Story and said he was “praying for you and your beautiful family.”

Rosie O’Donnell also had well wishes for Heche, but only after she backtracked on disparaging comments she had made about Heche 20 years ago.

“So I can’t stop thinking about the Anne Heche accident and how horrifying the whole thing is,” she said in a TikTok posted Monday. “I’m feeling bad that I made fun of her — [she] was talking to Barbara Walters about having a relationship with space aliens.”

O’Donnell was referring to a 2002 stand-up comedy show in New York where she made fun of Heche’s 2001 interview with the veteran journalist. The former daytime talk show host also had questioned Heche’s pregnancy with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon.

“I wonder if she’s OK,” O’Donnell said in Monday’s TikTok. “I think it’s a miracle that she didn’t kill anyone and thank god, or goddess, or whoever, for that. And I hope she survives, but wow. What a tragic tale.” O’Donnell added.

Alexandra Del Rosario is an entertainment reporter on the Los Angeles Times Fast Break Desk. Before The Times, she was a television reporter at Deadline Hollywood, where she first served as an associate editor. She has written about a wide range of topics including TV ratings, casting and development, video games and AAPI representation. Del Rosario is a UCLA graduate and also worked at the Hollywood Reporter and TheWrap.


Anne Heche remains in critical condition as police continue to investigate her car crash

Anne Heche has remained in critical condition since crashing her vehicle into a Los Angeles residence on Friday, according to a new representative for the actress.

“Over the weekend a representative stated that Anne was in stable condition but that information was inaccurate. She has always remained in critical condition, slipping into a coma following the accident,” a spokesperson for Heche told CNN in a statement Monday. “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is currently being treated at the Grossman Burn Center.”

Earlier Monday, CNN reported that Heche is under investigation for misdemeanor DUI and hit and run, according to LAPD Officer Annie Hernandez.

Investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw on the day of the incident. They are still awaiting those results, Hernandez said. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be referred to the LA City Attorney’s office, Hernandez added.

Heche’s representative told CNN she has not been able to meet with investigators yet as a result of her injuries.

Meantime, friends of the woman whose home was destroyed in the crash say she “narrowly escaped physical harm.”

Lynne Mishele was inside her residence where Heche crashed and fire broke out, officials told CNN. Neighbors John and Jennifer Durand have started a GoFundMe for Mishele to help her rebuild her life.

In the description for the fundraiser, the Durands state that Mishele lost everything, except for a “few damaged sentimental belongings.”

“Lynne lives with her beautiful pups Bree and Rueban, and tortoise Marley in the Mar Vista home that was destroyed this week by a car driving into the home at a high rate of speed, catching the house on fire,” the GoFundMe states. “Lynne and her family very narrowly escaped physical harm, and for that we are very, very grateful. The home, however, was completely burned.”

Roy Morgen, another neighbor of Mishele, told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS that Heche’s car stopped about “two feet away from where she was sitting.”

“She was pretty lucky,” Morgen said of Mishele. “She’s in shock… it still hasn’t hit her yet. There’s nothing left in the house. Everything was ruined.”

“Lynne lost her entire lifetime of possessions, mementos, all equipment for her business,” the GoFundMe states. “With firefighters’ help, she was able to pull a few damaged sentimental belongings from the wreckage. Everything else is gone.”

Heche suffered “severe burns and has a long recovery ahead,” a source previously told CNN. “Her team and her family are still trying to process what led up to the crash.”


Anne Heche in critical condition, on ventilator after crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Heche remained hospitalized on a ventilator to help her breathe and faced surgery Tuesday, four days after the actor was injured in a fiery car crash.

“Shortly after the accident, Anne became unconscious, slipping into a coma and is in critical condition,” spokeswoman Heather Duffy Boylston said in an email. “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”

Pulmonary means having to do with the lungs. No further details were provided by Duffy Boylston, who is Heche’s friend and podcast partner.

On Aug. 5, Heche’s car smashed into a house in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles’ westside. Flames erupted, and Heche, who was alone in the car, was pulled by firefighters from the vehicle embedded in the house. It took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to douse the flames, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

A native of Ohio, Heche first came to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award.

Her film career took off in the late 1990s, with Heche playing opposite stars including Johnny Depp (“Donnie Brasco”) and Harrison Ford (“Six Days, Seven Nights”).–L6MPf6Qq8Q6-yw7MNYCwxVBkKrnNz5

In a 2001 memoir, “Call Me Crazy,” Heche talked about her lifelong struggles with mental health and a childhood of abuse.

She was married to camera operator Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009. The two had a son together. She had another son during a relationship with actor James Tupper, her co-star on the TV series “Men In Trees.”

Heche has worked consistently in smaller films, on Broadway, and on TV shows in the past two decades. She recently had recurring roles on the network series “Chicago P.D.” and “All Rise,” and in 2020 was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”


Rosie O’Donnell ‘feeling bad’ for mocking Anne Heche before accident

Rosie O’Donnell regrets making fun of Anne Heche on stage following the actress’ quirky interview with Barbara Walters back in 2001.

The comedian, 60, took to TikTok on Sunday to address the fiery car crash that’s left Heche, 53, in “critical condition” and fighting for her life.

“I can’t stop thinking about this Anne Heche accident and how horrifying the whole thing is and feeling bad that I made fun of her when she was talking to Barbara Walters about having a relationship with space aliens,” O’Donnell said in the TikTok video.

“If we have an honest discussion about drunk driving, we find out just how prevalent it is and that’s terrifying, isn’t it?” she added, implying that Heche may have been under the influence, which cops suspect.

“I wonder if she’s OK. I think it’s a miracle that she didn’t kill anyone … and I hope she survives. But wow, what a tragic tale. That car was on fire for a long time, they say.”

The “View” alum then urged her followers to seek help “if [they] are struggling” with alcoholism.

“Try it before it’s too late,” she advised. “Try it before you’re at your lowest.”

Back in 2001, during a “20/20” interview with Walters, Heche alleged she created a “fantasy world” and a second personality called Celestia after she was sexually molested by her father, Donald, when she was younger.

“I’m not crazy. But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me,” Heche told Walters at the time.

“I had a fantasy world that I escaped to. I called my other personality Celestia,” she noted, claiming that this other persona had supernatural powers. “I believed I was from that world. I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane.”

O’Donnell later mocked Heche for the interview at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Carolines Comedy Club in Times Square in 2002, according to USA Today.

“What the hell kind of train wreck was that?” the comedian reportedly asked the crowd, before poking fun at Heche’s sexuality and her former relationship with Ellen DeGeneres.

“She couldn’t just say, ‘I was a lesbian for two years, it didn’t work out for me?’”

As Page Six previously reported, Heche has been fighting for her life since last Friday, when she was left severely burned after an accident left her car “engulfed” in flames.

“Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche became unconscious, slipping into a coma,” her spokesperson told Page Six on Monday. “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”

Earlier that day, Page Six confirmed that the Los Angeles Police Department obtained a warrant to test the actress’ blood as they believe she may have been under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol when she crashed her car into an LA home.

“If found intoxicated, [Heche] could be charged with misdemeanor DUI hit and run. No arrests have been made so far,” the statement read.

According to eyewitnesses, Heche first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex but sped off before residents could help her.