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Anne Heche dies at 53: Remembering the wide-ranging actress in photos

Anne Heche, an actress whose roles ranged from a stress-ball White House aide in “Wag the Dog” to a Bates Motel stabbing victim in a remake of “Psycho,” but who claimed she was “blacklisted” from major studio projects in the late 1990s after she and Ellen DeGeneres broke ground as a celebrity same-sex couple, was taken off life support on Aug. 14. She was 53.

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Her death, at a hospital in Los Angeles, was confirmed by her publicist Holly Baird. Ms. Heche had been hospitalized after driving her vehicle into a house in the city’s Mar Vista neighborhood on Aug. 5. The car was engulfed in flames, and she was pulled from the vehicle with severe burns. According to a statement one of her representatives released Friday, she suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and was declared brain dead, and was kept on life support so that her organs could be donated.

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An initial blood test found narcotics in her system, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Tony Im told The Washington Post on Thursday night, but a full toxicology report was pending to determine if any substance was related to medical treatments.

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April 4, 1997 | Washington, D.C.

Anne Heche, on right, next to girlfriend and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, with George Clooney and girlfriend Celine Balitran, before the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

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Susan Biddle/The Washington Post

June 19, 1997 | Hollywood

Heche, on left, and DeGeneres arrive at the world premiere of the film “Face/Off.”

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Chris Pizzello/AP

Sept. 14, 1997 | Pasadena, Calif.

DeGeneres, center, stands between her mother, on left, and Heche after arriving at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for the 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Mark J. Terrill/AP

Jan. 18, 1998 | Beverly Hills, Calif.

Actor Kurt Russell, center, hugs DeGeneres, on left, and Heche as they arrive for the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

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Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Feb. 13, 1998 | Burbank, Calif.

Heche, on right, rises to give DeGeneres a kiss during a break on the set of “The Ellen Show.”

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Susan Sterner/AP

June 8, 1998 | Los Angeles

Heche and Harrison Ford embrace at the premiere of their film “Six Days, Seven Nights.”

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Chris Pizzello/AP

Dec. 11, 2003 | Los Angeles

Heche poses for a photo at the Four Seasons Hotel to promote her Lifetime movie “Gracie's Choice.”

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Rc Francis/AP

Sept. 19, 2004 | Los Angeles

Heche speaks with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog as she arrives for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. Heche is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her work on “Gracie's Choice.”

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Kevork Djansezian/AP

Sept. 11, 2005 | Los Angeles

Heche arrives at the Creative Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium.

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Kevork Djansezian/AP

July 19, 2006 | Pasadena, Calif.

From left: Actor John Amos, executive producer Jenny Bicks, and actors Heche, James Tupper and Suleka Mathew talk about their new ABC show “Men In Trees” at the 2006 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour.

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REED SAXON/AP

June 10, 2007 | New York

John Turturro and Heche announce an award at the 61st Annual Tony Awards.

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Jeff Christensen/AP

Jan. 17, 2009 | Park City, Utah

Heche signs autographs on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival.

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Shea Walsh/AP

June 24, 2009 | Los Angeles

From left: “Hung” cast member Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Heche, Thomas Jane, Charlie Saxton and Eddie Jemison pose together at the premiere of the HBO comedy series.

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Chris Pizzello/AP

Oct. 27, 2009 | Los Angeles

Heche and her son Homer Heche Laffoon at Columbia Pictures' premiere of Michael Jackson's “This Is It” at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

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Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP

Feb. 10, 2011 | New York

Actors Ed Helms and Heche attend a special screening of “Cedar Rapids” hosted by the Cinema Society at the SVA Theater.

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Evan Agostini/AP

Jan. 21, 2012 | Park City, Utah

Heche poses for a portrait.

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Carlo Allegri/AP

Jan. 21, 2012 | Park City, Utah

Heche, on left, walks along Main Street with an unidentified woman during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

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Danny Moloshok/AP

Sept. 21, 2012 | Toronto

James Tupper and Heche arrive on the red carpet at the Fifth Annual Rally For Kids With Cancer at Muzik Nightclub.

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Arthur Mola/Invision/AP

Nov. 23, 2012 | Los Angeles

Heche and Muno perform onstage at “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get The Sillies Out!” kickoff performance at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

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John Shearer/Invision/AP

Dec. 11, 2014 | Los Angeles

Heche and son Atlas Heche Tupper attend the "Disney On Ice Presents Let's Celebrate!"

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Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Jan. 15, 2015 | Pasadena, Calif.

Jason Isaacs and Heche, cast members in the USA series “Dig,” pose together at the NBCUniversal Cable 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel.

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Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Jan. 23, 2017 | Park City, Utah

Shirley MacLaine, on left, director producer Mark Pellington, center, and Heche chat while waiting for a photo session at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival.

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Jud Burkett/Invision/AP

Sept. 4, 2020 | Pasadena, Calif.

Heche poses atop a car as she arrives at the Drive-In to Erase MS gala.

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Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

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