Anne Heche

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Birth Name: Anne Celeste Heche

Date of Birth: May 25, 1969

Place of Birth: Aurora, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: August 11, 2022

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Swiss-German, German, one eighth Norwegian, English, Scottish, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and Welsh, remote Dutch, French, and Danish

Anne Heche was an American actress, director, and screenwriter. She is known for her roles in the films Six Days, Seven Nights, Return to Paradise, Psycho (1998), Volcano, Wag the Dog, The Third Miracle,, John Q, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, among many others.

Her father, Donald Heche, was a choir director. Her mother, Nancy Heche, is a psychotherapist, author, college professor, and activist. Her father was of one half Swiss-German and one quarter Norwegian descent. Anne’s other roots were German, English, Scottish, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and Welsh, and remote Dutch, French, and Danish.

Anne had a son with her former husband, cameraperson Coleman “Coley” Laffoon; and a son with her former partner, Canadian actor James Tupper.

Anne’s paternal grandfather was Charles Hobart Heche (the son of Emanuel Heche and Martha Ellen Heller). Charles was born in Indiana. Emanuel was born in Bern, Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent, the son of Emanuel Heche and Elisebeth/Elizabeth Simons. Martha was the daughter of Levi Heller and Mariah/Maria Marsh, and had German and English ancestry.

Anne’s paternal grandmother was Clara Louise Baumgartner (the daughter of John Ernest Baumgartner and Anna/Annie Sophia Johnson Opperud). Clara was born in Clayton County, Iowa. John’s parents, Jacob Baumgartner and Anna/Anne Geisel/Gisel/Giesel, were Swiss, of Swiss-German descent, with Anna being from Wilchingen, Unterklettgau. Anne’s great-grandmother Anna’s parents, Johan/John Johnsen/Johnson Opperud and Marta/Martha Vauttum, were Norwegian, John from Honefoss, Ringerike kommune, Buskerud fylke and Marta from Lunner kommune, Oppland fylke, Jevnaker.

Anne’s maternal grandfather was Richard Carleton Prickett (the son of Lora Alden Prickett and Nancy Anna Sheron/Shoun/Sherron). Richard was born in Gas City, Grant, Indiana. Lora was the son of The Rev. Thomas Prickett and Nancy White. Anne’s great-grandmother Nancy was the daughter of James Sherron/Shewin/Sheron and Nancy A. Lightle/Lytle/Little.

Anne’s maternal grandmother was Marietta Susan Tukey (the daughter of Walter Bradlee Tukey and Marietta/Minetta Swayzee Coffin). Anne’s grandmother Marietta was born in Marion, Grant, Indiana. Walter was the son of George Atwood Tukey and Belle E. Cubberley/Cabberly. Anne’s great-grandmother Marietta was the daughter of Charles E. Coffin and Abby/Abbie/Abigail Maria Swayzee.

Sources: Genealogies of Anne Heche –

Marriage record of Anne’s paternal grandparents, Charles Hobart Heche and Clara Louise Baumgartner –

Marriage record of Anne’s maternal grandparents, Richard Carleton Prickett and Marietta Susan Tukey –

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