Anne Heche’s posthumous memoir details her past ‘trauma’ and how she moved on, publisher says: She ‘had no ego’

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Anne Heche had nearly completed her new memoir “Call Me Anne” before her death at the age of 53 following a car accident last month.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, editor Rene Sears, who worked with the late actress on the follow-up to her 2001 biography “Call Me Crazy,” shared details about the memoir, which is due for release in January 2023.

“I was so excited about the book, and I really had no ego about the work,” Sears said of Heche, whom she described as “very easy to work with” and open to rewriting.

Anne Heche had almost finished her new memoir "call me anna" before his death at the age of 53.

Anne Heche had nearly completed her new memoir “Call Me Anne” before her death at the age of 53.
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“We worked a lot on that with her and then the final pass, of course, was without her,” he said.

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According to a synopsis provided by Start Publishing, “Call Me Anne” will feature the Emmy Award winner’s personal anecdotes about her life and rise to stardom.

The memoir delves into Heche’s history of childhood sexual abuse, her highly publicized relationship with Ellen DeGeneres and its effect on her career, her relationship with on-set mentor Harrison Ford, her encounter with Harvey Weinstein, her relationship with God, and her way to love. she herself.

Sears explained that the “Donnie Brasco” star had written the first draft by hand in journals and that the experience had helped her process some of her past traumas.

“I think most of it was her processing and approaching her creativity as a way to think more deeply about what had happened to her and how to get over it,” she said.

“And I know that’s what she hopes other people get from this book as well,” Sears continued. “It’s kind of a way for them to creatively examine their own lives and work through any trauma or issues that might affect them personally.”

Instead of focusing on the minutiae of Heche’s relationship with DeGeneres and their split, Sears said the actress wanted to address the impact it had on her career.

Heche nearly became a household name in the late 1990s when she and DeGeneres went public with their same-sex romance. The couple was one of the first openly gay couples in Hollywood at a time when they were less accepted by society.

“After she and Ellen went public with their relationship, she missed out on a lot of opportunities,” Sears said. “I think in this book she focused more on the aftermath of her career and also the people she met who didn’t care about her, which really impressed her.”

Publisher Rene Sears, who worked with the late actress on the sequel to her 2001 biography. "call me crazy" shared details about upcoming memories.

Publisher Rene Sears, who worked with the late actress on the follow-up to her 2001 biography “Call Me Crazy,” shared details about the upcoming memoir.
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Harrison Ford, who co-starred with Heche in the 1998 romantic comedy “Six Days, Seven Nights,” served as the up-and-coming actress’s mentor and later supported her after she and DeGeneres went public with their relationship.

In Heche’s memoir, Sears revealed that the “Hung” alum, whom it said was a “very funny storyteller,” included a humorous anecdote about meeting Ford for the first time in a reading of her film.

“She was so excited because ‘Star Wars’ was the first movie she ever saw in the theater,” Sears recalled. “So she was really excited to tell him how much it had meant to her and how impressed she had been. And then she started talking to him and all the sentences just fell out, and maybe it wasn’t the clearest thing. And he just looked at her for for a second and then he said, ‘Don’t tell that story again. It makes me look too old.'”

Sears said Ford mentored Heche, giving her advice on the craft as she transitioned from acting on television and soap operas to starring in major studio movies.

In addition to acting as a mentor, Sears explained that Heche was touched that Ford immediately reached out to her after she faced backlash in her career over her relationship with DeGeneres.

“He came up, in the middle of all that, when she had just canceled these deals and said, ‘Yeah, I want to work with you and I don’t care about your personal life because you’re a good actress.’ ‘ So I think on both counts, He meant a lot to her.”

Heche said that she was blacklisted by the industry after her breakup with Ellen DeGeneres.

Heche said that she was blacklisted by the industry after her breakup with Ellen DeGeneres.
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However, Sears said that in a less positive anecdote from her memoir, Heche claimed that the late “Six Days, Seven Nights” director Ivan Reitman had asked her, “Why can’t you be more like Jodie Foster?” .

Sears explained, “Because of course the rumor was that Jodie Foster had had relationships with women as well, but it wasn’t public. And I think she felt very deeply, you know, it was a tough question for her because she really wanted to be true to herself and this relationship.

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According to Sears, Heche, who had previously accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, “didn’t go into gory detail” about the encounter in her memoir.

“But he definitely has some very racy things to say about Harvey Weinstein,” Sears added.

02/21/98.  Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in a scene from the new Buena Vista movie "6 days, 7 nights" the release date has been moved up (Photo by Getty Images)

02/21/98. Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in a scene from Buena Vista’s new movie “6Days, 7 Nights,” the release date has been moved up (Photo by Getty Images)
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In addition to personal stories and anecdotes, Heche also included creative prompts for readers at the end of each chapter of her book. “I was so excited about this direction, and I really just wanted to help people as much as I could,” Sears said.

Although publisher Jarred Weisfeld confirmed to Fox News Digital that Heche “dedicated the book to her children,” Sears said she did not know what her children Homer, 20, and Atlas, 13, thought of their mother’s memoir.

“I know she just spoke highly of being a mother and the joy that it brought to her life,” Sears said.

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Although a blood test revealed that Heche had “the presence of drugs” in her system following the horrific car accident that later led to her death, Sears shared that Heche “did not discuss drugs or alcohol in the memoir or in any of the the conversations I had with her.

She added: “The trauma she references in the book was predominantly the abuse she endured as a child. Substance abuse never came up in our conversations, and the circumstances surrounding her accident were a sad surprise to me.”

Sears said that Heche had wanted her readers to take away an uplifting message from her memoir.

“I think for her, it was that everyone is worthy of hope, of self-examination,” he explained. “Of love and kindness. And yes, that was basically she would want the reader to know that they are worth helping.”

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