Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

And the Oscar for Best Nutter. Anne Heche Admits She's Bonkers in Her New Autobiography. She's in Good Company in Hollywood, Says James Langton

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

And the Oscar for Best Nutter. Anne Heche Admits She's Bonkers in Her New Autobiography. She's in Good Company in Hollywood, Says James Langton

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Byline: JAMES LANGTON

CALL Me Crazy is the title of the new biography from the Hollywood star Anne Heche. Sounds fine to me. After all, this is a woman who admits to changing her name to Celestia and believing that two Los Angeles cops were really escorts called Peace and Calm who had come to take her to heaven in a spaceship. The book came out in America this week, less than three days after marrying her cameraman boyfriend, Coleman Laffoon. A fairly ordinary thing to do, except that until last year she was the most famous lesbian in showbusiness, shacked up with the comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Until she met DeGeneres, she writes: "I'd never had such great sex,'' which must give her new husband something to think about.

During the shooting of the 1997 political satire Wag the Dog, Miss Heche reveals after a day's shooting with Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, she would retreat to her trailer and write down messages from God.

She believed she was a female Jesus and eventually suffered a breakdown, which ended when she was found wandering with her shirt off in a field near California.

The deep-rooted causes of her mental turbulence are the usual sort of thing. A demanding mother and a sexually abusive father who died of Aids when she was 12. But the real significance of Call Me Crazy is more than the standard Hollywood confessional. It is a sign

of a new trend among showbiz folk.

Suddenly it's hip to be bonkers. Miss Heche wears her nuttiness with pride, accompanied by a book tour and a heart-to-heart on primetime TV with Barbara Walters.

Heche claims to have been off her head during 31 of her 32 years, including her romance with DeGeneres and a leading role opposite Harrison Ford; enough, you would think, to confuse anyone. But now she's a married woman and everything's fine and dandy. "He has taught me to be in a loving relationship that is of this Earth,'' as she puts it.

On the other hand, marriage is no guarantee of stability. Take Angelina Jolie. Billy Bob Thornton did, and as a couple they make the late Sid Vicious and lover Nancy look like Terry and June. If there was an Oscar for best loony, Jolie would be a serious contender with Heche, while Billy Bob would be a dead cert in the best-supporting category. …

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