"My life is a life movies are made of," wrote Anne Heche in the proposal for her memoir. Yet what is truly surprising about Heche is that the most publicized event of her past -- her romance with Ellen DeGeneres -- is only one development in a fascinating and difficult life that has included more than its share of heartache and tragedy.
Anne, the youngest of four children, moved nine times before the age of twelve. That year, Anne discovered that during her father's frequent absences he'd been leading a double life. He died of AIDS when Anne was thirteen, leaving the family in poverty.
On graduating high school, Anne began a four-year stint on Another World. It was during that period that she began to face the horror of a childhood filled with unspeakable abuse. In the ensuing twelve years she struggled with her past, all the while experiencing enormous success as an actress, screenwriter, and director. Filled with unsparing candor and honesty, Call Me Crazy captures with poignancy and a surprising amount of humor Anne's struggle to face her demons, both real and imagined, including a period when she was, quite literally, insane.
Heche's memoir reveals the woman behind the headlines, one who has conquered overwhelming odds. Far from a celebrity memoir, this is an empowering and thought-provoking book guaranteed to surprise and inspire.
A memoir of pain and redemption. I was so horrified and disgusted that something like what happened to Anne Heche could actually happen is this day and time. She had a horrible life, but somehow managed to triumph. It is a gripping novel. I now have a much better understanding of her.
I will definitely call her crazy. I read this book as fiction/entertainment, rather than out of interest for Ms. Heche or her life.
I almost think I would prefer if she presented this as fiction. The memories she "dredges up" -- most of which have been refuted by her family, friends, and anyone who knew her -- are so far-fetched and incredulous, I'm worried that she actually believes them to be true. Yes, it would be lovely if we could remember what happened to us at 18 months, but it's just not going to happen...
While reading this book one thing kept popping up to me; how brave Anne was/is to tell it all. And that's exactly what she has done. There is no glossing over the 'not pretty' parts,no skimming over the uncomfortable. Rather she has taken the messiest baggage and unpacked, repacked and unpacked again to try and figure out her life.
What she had to endure as a child is beyond heartbreaking, and yet she tells it with a straight-forwardness that is real, raw and thought provoking. When she writes of being beaten along with her siblings by her father,you can feel her pain and confusion as the blows rain down. Her writing style is bare-bones descriptive and not for the weak of heart.
Yes her infamous breakdown, and relationship with Ellen DeGenerous is in there but that is really only one more chapter to add to an already convoluted existance.She focuses more on her childhood abuse at the hands of a closeted-gay, sexually and physically abusive father and a passive-aggressive mother.
It's the telling of how she came to be and her struggle to triumph over the abuse that will leave the reader wondering how she managed to rise above it all.
Her strength too delve into her childhood to figure out the fragmented memories is what should be applauded here.
A wonderful book that is hard to read but you will be glad you did!
I can tell it was written in six weeks.
More of a rant against Christianity, and beliefs she no longer embraces.
Yes, she had a tough upbringing, but she also made her choices.
I would pass on reading it, if you have the option. Hardly worth your time.