Anne's Day Has Come; Six Days, Seven Nights Star Anne Heche Talks to THOMAS QUINN about Her Life and Loves

By Quinn, Thomas | The Mirror (London, England), July 3, 1998 | Go to article overview

Anne's Day Has Come; Six Days, Seven Nights Star Anne Heche Talks to THOMAS QUINN about Her Life and Loves


Quinn, Thomas, The Mirror (London, England)


As a willowy blonde with a sparky sense of humour and a polished presence in front of the cameras, Anne Heche should be the answer to any Hollywood producer's prayers.

At just 29, she has already notched up an impressive list of movie credits. She won rave reviews starring alongside Demi Moore in The Juror, with Tommy Lee Jones in Volcano, and opposite Robert De Niro and Oscar-nominated Dustin Hoffman in Wag The Dog.

So there appeared to be no one better to play Harrison Ford's love interest in the romantic adventure Six Days, Seven Nights, about a air pilot and his passenger who fall for each other while stranded on an island.

But then the studio bosses started to panic as America got into a sweat - over just who exactly Heche was. The problem was the L-word. Anne was outed as a lesbian and, horror of horrors, her lover is American TV's most famous female gay, sitcom star and comic Ellen DeGeneres.

For a brief time, the couple seemed to capture the start of a golden age for gay women. Ellen's "coming out" episode received maximum exposure when it was aired in America last year, the move being hailed as a brave step forward for gays everywhere.

Stars like Demi Moore and singer kd lang jumped at the chance to take part in the show, and Bill Clinton invited both Ellen and Heche to the White House. But then Hollywood was suddenly buzzing with consternation.

Anne's announcement about her sexuality reportedly horrified the Disney studio in charge of the movie. The director, Ivan Reitman, moaned that the talk of Heche's sexual preferences away from the camera was a distraction from her screen love affair with Harrison Ford he was trying to direct. The marketing men were even reported to be considering selling the film to the American public as an adventure - not as a romance. And someone, somewhere, had the idea of the trailer including the words "This summer, find adventure in the most remote place known to man".

The sniggers, plus snap polls of the public saying a majority felt the fact that Heche was a lesbian turned them off the film, were bombshells for the Hollywood bosses. The backlash seemed complete when Ellen the sitcom was axed following poor ratings. …

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