Ann Hatch remains hospitalized after crashing her vehicle into a home Friday morning in Los Angeles, where she was extricated from the burning car.
“Anne is in stable condition right now,” her friend Heather Duffy Boylston told The Associated Press on Saturday. Family and friends of the 53-year-old actress asked for well wishes and to “respect her privacy at this difficult time.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Heche’s representatives for details.
Television video showed a damaged blue Mini Cooper Clubman being towed away as firefighters loaded a woman into an ambulance.
Without identifying the driver, Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to USA TODAY that there had been a crash and the vehicle was “engulfed in flames.”
Ann Hatch is hospitalized:The actress is in “stable” condition after a fiery car crash in Los Angeles
Ann Hatch was trapped in a burning car for more than an hour before rescuers pulled her out
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a news release that the vehicle struck a two-story home, causing “structural compromise and bursting into a massive fire.” The driver was taken to a hospital “in critical condition,” according to the release.
Fifty-nine firefighters responded to the incident and it took them 65 minutes to extinguish the flames and rescue an elderly woman from the vehicle, the LAFD said. No other injuries were reported.
David Manpearl, a neighbor of the person whose home was destroyed in Heche’s crash, told Fox News on Friday that he tried to rescue the actress from her car, but it was “impossible.”
She told him it was “not good,” he shared. “So it was difficult.”
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Alec Baldwin, more celebrities rally around Ann Hatch after crash
Alec Baldwin posted a video on Instagram on Saturday hanging out with his “old friend” and “The Juror” co-star Heche. “She’s an incredibly talented woman,” Baldwin said, calling her “brave.”
“I hope you get over this. My heart goes out to you. I’m sorry that this tragic thing happened to you,” he added. “Sending you all my love.”
Late Friday, “Big Little Lies” and “A Million Little Things” star James Tapper, previously Hatch’s partner of 10 years and the father of one of her children, posted a photo of the actress and their son, Atlas, now 13, on your verified Instagram account.
“Thoughts and prayers for this wonderful woman, actress and mother tonight,” he wrote with a heart emoji. “aneheche we love you.”
Heche is also mother to son Homer, 20, whom she shares with ex-husband Colman Lafune.
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Ann Hesh rose to fame in the 1990s
Hatch rose to fame starring in the soap opera Another World in the 1990s, playing twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love. Her roles earned her a Daytime Emmy.
She later starred in the films “Six Days Seven Nights”, “Donnie Brasco”, “Wag the Dog”, “Volcano” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer”.
Most recently, the actress appeared in “All Rise,” “Chicago PD,” “The Brave” and The Weeknd’s upcoming HBO show “The Idol,” starring Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp.
The actress dated Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000
At the height of Heche’s career, she dated Ellen DeGeneres after the comedian came out in 1997. While competing on Dancing With the Stars in 2020, Heche opened up about her previous relationship with DeGeneres. The two met at a Vanity Fair Oscar party in 1997 and were a couple until 2000.
“I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three and a half years, and the stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multimillion-dollar movie contract and didn’t work at a movie studio for 10 years,” Heche said on “DWTS.” .
Judy Wieder, editor-in-chief of The Advocate, told People at the end of Heche and DeGeneres’ relationship, “Either they were made into role models of happiness for same-sex couples, or attacked. The cameras followed them everywhere. Sometimes that can be exciting, but at other times I’m sure it’s a total nightmare.”
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Heche opens up about his mental health struggles in his memoir ‘Call Me Crazy’
Heche discussed his struggles with mental health in recent years.
In 2000, she was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door near Fresno, California. Authorities said she appeared shaken and disoriented and was speaking incoherently to residents.
In “Call Me Crazy,” her memoir, released in 2001, Heche spoke about her lifelong struggles with mental health and an abusive childhood.
“I’m not crazy,” she told ABC News that year. “But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me.”
To deal with the trauma of her life, “I drank. I smoked. I did drugs. I had sex,” the actress said. “I did everything in my power to remove shame from my life.”
During an interview with Larry King in 2001, Hatch said she believed she was schizophrenic but “never told anybody” until then.
“I was a perfect hider. I was raised to hide. I was raised to pretend. I was raised to always tell everyone that everything was fine, and even though I was in therapy for years, I never told anyone that I had a different personality. “I never told anyone that I heard voices and talked to God,” the star said.
Contributing: Lynn Elber, The Associated Press and Charles Trepani, Kim Willis and Brian Alexander, USA TODAY