Actress Anne Heshe remained in hospital Saturday after her car crashed into a house in Los Angeles on Friday morning, setting off a house fire, authorities said.
At about 11 a.m. Friday, Heche was behind the wheel when she swerved into a two-story home in the Mar Vista neighborhood, causing a “heavy fire,” according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The fire department said the crew had removed Heichi from the vehicle and had been taken to hospital in critical condition. No one else was injured. It is unclear if anyone was inside the house at the time.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to CBS Los Angeles Saturday that the 53-year-old was the driver of the vehicle. CBS Los Angeles confirmed that the car was registered to it.
A representative for Heche told CBS News on Saturday that she is still in the hospital, but did not provide any other details.
“Ann is currently in a stable condition,” the representative said in a statement. “Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers. We also ask that her privacy be respected during this difficult time. Thank you.”
On the other hand, the fire department said it took 59 firefighters just over an hour to put out the flames. Severe damage was done to the house.
Security video obtained by CBS Los Angeles from a nearby homeowner showed the car speeding down a residential street moments before the accident. The sound of the crash can be heard in the video but cannot be seen.
CBS Los Angeles also captured footage of crews pulling the maimed car out of the driveway.
There was no immediate word on a possible cause or whether Hechey might face charges.
A native of Ohio, Heche made her debut in the NBC series “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.
In the late 1990s, she became one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, a constant on the covers of big-budget magazines and films. She co-starred with Johnny Depp in the 1997 movie “Donnie Brasco”; with Tommy Lee Jones in the 1997 movie “Volcano”; with Harrison Ford in 1998’s “Six Days, Seven Nights”; With Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998’s Return to Heaven, and with the cast in the 1997 original I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 cemented her fame and brought massive public scrutiny.
In the fall of 2000, shortly after the two separated, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door in a rural area near Fresno, California. Authorities said she appeared trembling and disoriented, and spoke incoherently with residents.
In a memoir released the following year, “Call Me Crazy,” Heche spoke of her ongoing struggle with mental health and her childhood of abuse.
She was married to photographer Colman Lavon from 2001 to 2009. The two had a son together. She gave birth to another son during a relationship with actor James Tapper, her partner in the TV series “Men In Trees”.
Heche has worked consistently in small films, on Broadway, and on television shows for the past two decades. She recently had recurring roles in the network series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise”, and in 2020 she was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”.