Anne Heche says she was ''insane'' for 31 years
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’20/20′ HINDSIGHT If you don’t have time to read Anne Heche‘s memoir, ”Call Me Crazy,” she’ll sum up the main points in her interview with Barbara Walters, to air tonight on ”20/20.” If you don’t have time to watch that, here’s the gist: Heche’s problems began with childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father. A church choir director who lived a secret gay life, he infected her with herpes and died of AIDS when she was 12. To cope, she developed a second personality, a heavenly alien named Celestia. ”I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane,” she says. Celestia was a presence throughout Heche’s adult life — during her two-year relationship with friendly father-figure Steve Martin (who was 24 years her senior) and her three years with Ellen DeGeneres.
A day after their break-up, Heche’s inner voice told her to board a spaceship and take a hit of Ecstasy; she was found wandering in a daze in Fresno, Calif. She says, ”Fresno was the culmination of a journey and a world that I thought I needed to escape to in order to find love.” That was the end of her insanity, she says. A few months later, she started dating cameraman Coley Laffoon, whom she had met while during the filming of a never-finished documentary about DeGeneres. The couple married last Saturday. ”It’s a crazy life,” says the 32-year-old actress. ”I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me.”
Walters’ other big ”get” for the month, Mariah Carey, is standing her up. She’s canceling the ”20/20” interview with Walters that was scheduled to air September 12, a day after her ”Glitter” CD is released, because she ”needs more time to rest,” Carey’s spokeswoman says. Walters’ official response: ”We were concerned to hear that Ms. Carey would be unable to do the interview at this time, and wish her well.”