Saturday, April 13, 2024

Tragic Jinx: Both Anne Heche and Actress Who Followed Her in Soap Role Have Had Tragic, Drunken Car Accidents


A sharp eyed fan pointed this out to me.

This could only otherwise have happened on an actual soap opera.

There’s a tragic link between Anne Heche, who had a terrible, drunken car accident this past weekend, and another actress.

Heche played the role of Marley and Vicky Love (twins) on the NBC soap, “Another World,” in the late 1980s. She won a Daytime Emmy award and left for greener pastures.

Her successor was actress Jensen Buchanan, who took over the roles in 1991 and played them until the 35 year old soap ended in 1999.

Heche now is in ICU in a Los Angeles hospital after plowing her car into a Los Angeles home on Friday. Her car, a Mini Cooper, is burnt to a crisp. According to reports, the home was destroyed. Friends and neighbors of the owner have started a GoFundMe campaign for the now homeless woman. There are pictures of a possible vodka bottle in Heche’s car taken right before the accident.

Strangely enough, Buchanan has a similar, slightly more awful but parallel story. In 2016, she was arrested for a DUI that resulted in the near death of the person she hit. (He was severely injured, according to reports.) Buchanan had a blood alcohol content level of 0.34 when she reportedly veered onto the wrong side of Highway 154 and into the path of an Arizona driver, nearly killing him. 

The former soap star, who’d been married for 10 years to top Hollywood talent agency owner Sam Gores, was sentenced to one year in County Jail and five years probation. And here’s the kicker: she was released from jail subsequently, having served about a month and a half of custody time. But in 2018 she was remanded back to prison for allegedly violating the probation. She was cleared, however, after a hearing.

Heche, of course, won’t be charged with anything until she’s back to health and what actually happened has been determined. Her accident was just that, an accident. But the connection between the two actresses is stranger than fiction.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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