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Full NameDonald Joe Heche
First NameDonald
Middle NameJoe
Last NameHeche
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseNancy Heche
No Of Children5
Networth$4 M
Date of Birth1938

Donald Joe Heche is the late father of an American actress and director, Anne Heche. He was a choir director in a Baptist Church.

He was living a secret homosexual life.

Heche was married to his high school sweetheart, Nancy Heche. They were in marital bliss until his demise in 1983

Both of them were raised in a Methodist church and later became involved in a fundamentalist Christian church and moved to an Amish Community, where the family remained during the late 1960s and early 70s.

Heche had a secret life, and even his wife was unaware of it until his death that her husband was having homosexual affairs. 

She only knew that her husband was unable to fulfill her lust desire. She admitted turning to other men by having a secret affair with them to fill that void. After the demise of her husband, she realized she was living in the dark. 

The family knew he was living a secret life after he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1983. According to Anne, her father never admitted to being gay. He was 45 when AIDS took his life.

He fathered five children.

Heche fathered five children, including actress Anne. His daughter Cynthia Heche died just months after she was born. 

She died of infancy heart defect. His son Nathan Heche died just three months after his demise following the car crash that took place after he fell asleep at the wheel. 

But Anne believes her brother must have committed suicide. After losing two family members, Nancy moved the family to Chicago. 

His other daughter Susan Bergman who published her memoir about her childhood in 1994, lost her life to cancer at the age of 48. 

His other daughter Abigail Heche is an American designer and an Entrepreneur. 

His daughter alleged him of raping her. 

Anne's life has been an open book. She has been open about her life and the sexual abuse she endured from her father. 

In her 2001 memoir, "Call Me Crazy," Anne revealed that her father was a closeted homosexual who sexually molested her until the age of 13 and gave her genital herpes. 

She expressed her father repeatedly raped her, fondled her, and had sex with her. 

When asked why a gay man would rape a girl, Anne said her father was a sexual deviant who saw everybody as a sexual being. 

Her father being closeted ruined her and her family's happiness and her childhood, but that taught her to speak the truth, she added.

Anne also alleged that her mom refused to take the hospital after she confronted her about the abuse and genital herpes. 

She insisted on believing it was a diaper rash.

Anne died of severe brain injury caused by a car crash. 

Anne had not regained consciousness since the day the car she was in crashed into a two-story house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles on the 5th of August,2022. 

The damage was so severe that it required 59 firefighters and more than an hour to extinguish the fire. 

She ultimately fell into a coma after she suffered a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation.

As per Anne's family, Anne was not expected to survive. 

They had confirmed via a representative that she had suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and was now kept on life support to determine whether her organs were viable for donation or not. Donating her organs had long been her choice, the family had said.

The family also expressed their gratitude to everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for the speedy recovery of Anne and also to the dedicated staff and nurses that took care of Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital.

Anne was pronounced dead on the 12th of August. 

The news was confirmed via a family representative to TMZ, stating that they have lost a bright light, a kind, joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend and that she will be deeply missed.

Anne's relationship with Ellen DeGeneres caused her to lose millions of dollars

Anne and Ellen DeGeneres were in a romantic relationship for three years. They first met at the 1997 Vanity Fair Oscar party. They soon started dating. 

Anne later revealed that Ellen was the first woman whom she dated, and she slept with Ellen on the first night they met. 

Six months after they started dating, Anne wanted to go public about her relationship at the premiere of Volcano but wasn't allowed to do so. 

She recalled being told that if she attended the premiere with Ellen, she would end up losing her contract with Fox

Anne was a promising star and was at the peak of her career. 

In August of 1997, Anne went public with her relationship with Ellen after taking her to the premiere anyway. Ellen was 11 years older than her. 

At the time, same-sex romance or marriages were not accepted as of now. 

So Anne was ushered out by the security even before the movie ended and was told she was not allowed to go to her after party as they feared Anne would be pictured with a woman. 

Soon the news of them spread like wildfire, and they started to appear on the cover of magazines and were all over the news, but they couldn't care less. 

She then attended another premiere with Ellen, but after that, she realized that the acting offers for her had started to decline. 

Her manager tried to gather audiences, but soon there were no offers. Things got worst after they announced their break up in a joint statement to People stating, 

"It is an amicable parting, and we greatly value the three and half years we have spent together." 

Ellen, while talking with Los Angeles Times, said their break up was a surprise to her as Anne walked out the door, and they haven't spoken since, and Ellen doesn't have an answer. 

In 2020, in an interview with Pagesix, Anne opened up about her relationship with Ellen and said that relationship cost her to lose millions of dollars. 

She revealed that the stigma attached to the relationship was so bad that she didn't get to do a studio picture for ten years, and she was fired from a picture deal of 10 million dollars. 

Anne revealed in an interview in 2021 that her ex-girlfriend was a money-hungry bitch who, in some way, sabotaged her career in the middle of their split. 

She added that the main reason behind their broke up was that Anne wanted to find true love, whereas Ellen wanted to possess a lot of money and would say she wanted 60 billion dollars

Anne also revealed that Ellen even controlled the way she dressed. Anne was soo disturbed after the break-up that she was admitted to a psychiatric unit. 

Even after she ended up getting small roles, she had to promote those movies on the show of Ellen, and Ellen didn't allow her to do so. 

Net Worth

Anne, who had more the 40 films credited to her name, lost her life at the age of 53. 

Her net worth until the time of her death was $4 million.


  1. Donald was born in 1938. He died on the 3rd of March, 1983, in New York, United States.

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