A highly publicized relationship with comedian Ellen De Generes was followed by a significant downturn in Heche's career, although she has continued to act in numerous independent films such as Birth (2004), Spread (2009), Cedar Rapids (2011), and Rampart (2011).
In 2004, Heche received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the Lifetime movie Gracie's Choice, and a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her work in Broadway's Twentieth Century.
She also starred in the television series Men in Trees (2006–08), Hung (2009–11), Save Me (2013), Dig (2016), and Aftermath (2016). He was a very promiscuous man, and we knew his lifestyle then," Heche said on Larry King Live. ", in a 2001 interview with The Advocate, Heche replied "I don't think he was just a gay man. My belief was that my father was gay and he had to cover that up. The more he couldn't be who he was, the more that came out of him in ways that it did." The remainder of Heche's family subsequently moved to Chicago, where Heche attended the progressive Francis W. In 1985, when Heche was 16, an agent spotted her in a school play and secured her an audition for the daytime soap opera As the World Turns.
When asked in a 2001 interview on Larry King Live what her father's source of income was, Heche replied, "Well, he was a choir director. He said that he was involved in a business of gas and oil. But he never was involved in the business of gas and oil ever." On March 3, 1983, when Heche was 13, her 45-year-old father died of AIDS. Heche flew to New York City, auditioned, and was offered a job, but her mother insisted she finish high school first.
She had been cast in the film one day before her same-sex relationship with Ellen De Generes went public.
Although Heche was cast in a second starring role shortly thereafter as Vince Vaughn's love interest in the acclaimed drama Return to Paradise (1998), she felt that the romance with De Generes destroyed her prospects as a leading woman.
; born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director, and screenwriter.
Following a dual role in the daytime soap opera Another World (1987–91), she came to mainstream prominence in the late 1990s with the films Donnie Brasco (1997), Volcano (1997), Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), and Return to Paradise (1998).Over the next two years, she had small supporting roles in made-for-TV movies such as Girls in Prison (1994) and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. She also appeared in the straight-to-video erotic thriller Wild Side (1995) as Joan Chen's lesbian lover.In 1996, Heche landed her first substantial role as a college student contemplating an abortion in a segment of the made-for-HBO anthology film If These Walls Could Talk, co-starring Cher and Demi Moore.She appeared as a hospital administrator in the thriller John Q, about a father and husband (Denzel Washington) whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart.The production made US2.2 million at the worldwide box office, In 2001, she also obtained a recurring role in the fourth season of the television series Ally Mc Beal.On her appearance in the dramatic thriller Return to Paradise, a writer for The New York Times remarked, "[...] as Ms.