Anne Heche: Still crazy, thank God

Talking about her ex on "David Letterman," the actress was bitter and mean. She was also a breath of fresh air

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published August 27, 2009 6:28PM (EDT)

Let it never be said that Anne Heche is brimming with restraint. The 40-year-old actress, who only a few weeks ago was accused in the New York Times of "playing it normal," put that notion to rest Wednesday night when she appeared on "Letterman" to promote her new movie "Spread." When asked about Coley Laffoon, her ex-husband and father of her 7-year-old son, Heche did not take the Jenny Sanford road and talk about God and forgiveness. She didn't go all tight-lipped Kate Gosselin and haltingly concede her former spouse is a good father. Nope, the woman who wrote a memoir entitled "Call Me Crazy" cheerfully lambasted Laffoon as a "lazyass," sending tabloid copy editors across the land into a tailspin over whether or not the term should be hyphenated.

 She also chided Letterman himself for getting married, saying "I warned you … do not go there. Don't get married." Letterman, not one to enthuse on the institution either, retorted understatedly that "Some marriages -- a pitifully small few -- seem to work."

 Heche went on to kvetch about her ex's invitations to watch him coach soccer, ranting, "I divorced you! I don't want to see you on Saturday!" Sure, it's bitter and mean and pretty nuts. But Heche's appearance was also a breath of fresh, angry air in a sea of robotic, over-orchestrated talk show chatter. Who, besides Demi Moore, really does want to hang out with an ex after all the papers are signed?

And when the late-night host pressed her about what Laffoon does for a living, Heche drew a dramatic, exasperated breath and replied, "He goes out to the mailbox and he opens up the little mailbox door, and goes, "Oh my God, a check from Anne! Oh my gosh, I got a check from Anne! YAYYYYY!"

In 2008, Heche was ordered to pay Laffoon $275,000 in their divorce settlement, as well as $3,700 in monthly child support. Heche and James Tupper, the father of her 6-month-old son Atlas, have no current plans to wed.

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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