Who is Donald Heche, father of actress Anne Heche?


Anne Heche spoke of a difficult childhood and abuse she had in the past at the hands of her father, a Baptist pastor and choir conductor. Her raped her. Her father, Donald Heche, was one of the first people in the United States to be diagnosed with AIDS after it was revealed that they were living a secretly homosexual life. He died of the virus when actress Winona Ryder was 14 years old.

After his death, Heche’s mother began a lifelong religious crusade against homosexuality and repeatedly rebuked her daughter for her sexuality. Heche accused her mother of causing her harm to her. Heche’s brother died in a car accident a few months after his father’s death. Heche said in a previous interview that he doesn’t want to reconcile with his now 85-year-old mother, but is building a relationship with his only surviving brother, Abigail. Who is Donald Heche, father of actress Anne Heche?

Donald Heche, father of actress Anne Heche

Donald Heche was one of the first people to be diagnosed with HIV in the United States in 1983. His family learned that he was living a secretly gay life as a Baptist minister and choir conductor. He never admitted to being gay. He died of cancer at the age of 45. That same year, Heche’s 18-year-old brother Nathan died in a car accident. That is only the beginning of the tragic existence of the actress.

In his 2001 memoir, Call Me Crazy, Heche revealed that his father was a closed homosexual who molested him and developed genital herpes. ‘He raped me…he caressed me, put me on all fours and had sex,’ she wrote. Hehehe also claimed that she was afraid of her life because she feared that she would contract the disease.

‘I think my father was a sex addict. I think he saw everyone as a sexual being. But I think he was leading a very luxurious gay life at the time.’ She told Larry King in a 2001 interview. ‘You know, back then there were bathhouses where all the trick was how many people could do in one night. There is no question of what he was doing at the time.’

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Anne Heche Early Life

“My days were spent at school, afternoons working elsewhere with Haagen-Daz, and evenings embracing my crying mother,” Heche said of her life in Chicago.

‘We lived in a one-room apartment,’ she continued. Her mom tried to keep it together, but at night she would crumble. I didn’t cry over their deaths until I moved in five years later.’

Heche told an advocate in a November 2001 conversation: ‘My father was schizophrenic. He lived two perfect lives. One was a heterosexual man with a family who conducted the choir and the other passed away. We didn’t know what he was doing until years later.’

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