Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Anne Heche
The memoir Anne Heche was working on before her unexpected death last month has a release date.
Hetse was writing Call me Annaits continuation until 2001 Call me crazyfor months leading up to her death on August 12, Publishers Weekly mentioned earlier. And on Thursday, the Associated Press published an excerpt ahead of the book’s scheduled Jan. 24 release date.
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The book “consists of[s] for personal anecdotes about her rise to fame: how Harrison Ford became her filming mentor, her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, her meeting with Harvey Weinstein, her history of child sexual abuse, her relationship with God, her journey to love herself.” according to Start Publishing.
Simon & Schuster Call me Anna
Looking back on her relationship, Heche wrote, “I’ve been called ‘outrageous’ for falling in love with a woman. I’d never been with a woman before I dated Ellen.”
“I personally didn’t identify as a lesbian. I just fell in love!” wrote the actress, who was 53 when she was taken on August 14, two days after she was declared legally dead. “It was, to be clear, as strange 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 have been a better fit, I thought a few times. What, why and how I fell in love with a person instead of their gender, I would love to have answered if anyone asked, but as I said earlier, no one ever did. I’m glad I was able to tell you in this book — once and for all.”
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In 1997, Heche and DeGeneres, now 64, made headlines as one of the first openly gay couples in Hollywood.
“I met her at Vanity fair party. And it was a chemistry thing that you can’t really describe,” DeGeneres said Tampa Bay Times in May 1998 of the couple’s connection. “It just happened. Obviously, I was attracted to her, but that wasn’t enough. There are a lot of attractive people. She’s so unique.”
The couple split in 2000 after three and a half years of dating.
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The TV host often avoided talking about Heche or the relationship. When asked if she would discuss the broken romance in an April 2003 issue of PEOPLE, DeGeneres said, “No.”
“I never have and I never will,” he continued. “At some point, people will stop reporting it.”
However, DeGeneres spoke out before Heche’s untimely death. Reacting to the devastating news that her ex was “not expected to survive” after her Aug. 5 car accident, DeGeneres he tweeted“This is a sad day. I send Anne’s children, family and friends all my love.”