Tuesday, January 12, 2010

50 Greatest Soap Actresses: #34 Anne Heche

NAME: Anne Heche
RANK: 34
SOAP ROLES: Vicky/Marley Hudson, ANOTHER WORLD (1987-1991)

2005 Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress on Television
2004 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance, Leading Actress (Play)
2000 Lucy Award win as one of the honored Women in Film
2000 GLAAD Media Stephen F. Kolzak Award
2000 Golden Slate Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Favorite Actress - Comedy/Romance
1999 Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress
1998 Golden Satellite Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
1997 NBR Award win for Best Supporting Actress
1992 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime
1991 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
1989 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Juvenile Female in a Drama Series
1989 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Female Newcomer: Daytime

Nelson Aspen: Discovered by EP John Whitesell and plucked from midwestern obscurity, Annie came to the Brooklyn studios of AW a chubby teenager and they worked her like a Trojan! (Soaps will do that with cheap, new talent...especially when they have to pay them two salaries for playing twins!) No one ever played more convincingly different dual roles than Anne...Marley and Vicky were absolutely two different characters and at their best when they weren't trying to impersonate one another. Anne worked more days and longer hours than anyone else on that show, with more dialogue and hair/makeup/wardrobe changes and, as wildly as she could party after hours, was the most disciplined young actor Ive ever known. Her tireless efforts off-camera absolutely paid off on screen. I still contend, even though her film career was eclipsed by the Ellen Degeneres affair, that she is one of entertainment's most talented leading ladies. I hope she'll eventually become the major star she deserves to be!

Jonathan Reiner: An offbeat talent with amazing energy and commitment to her characters, Heche’s departure left a huge void in the canvas. (Sorry Jensen and Ellen.)

Roger Newcomb: Her last year on ANOTHER WORLD was absolutely incredible and unforgettable.

Damon L. Jacobs: Anne Heche's complete and total grasp of the inner and outer workings of Victoria and Marley Hudson made for ecstatic television viewing.  It was a captivating journey we took as we witnessed both character and actress evolve, grow, and sharpen into a force to be reckoned with.  The fact that her four season tenure is so beloved 19 years later is a testament to Ms. Heche's ability to entertain, dazzle, and impact her audience. 

Kale Browne: (played Heche's father of AW) Great to work with. Incapable of giving anything less than 110%. Also incapable of faking it. A real trouper. She'll always occupy a very special place in this dad's heart.

Tom Casiello: (Emmy winning writer) I don't know Anne, the woman, or Anne, the actress. I know the tornado that was Vicky Hudson, and I don't recall ever experiencing an emotional connection to a soap heroine the way this young fan had with her. Anne played every flaw, every error in judgment, every crack in the facade, beautifully. She's one of those actresses you watch and realize how much bigger, how much more important, this medium can be. In my memory, Anne was with ANOTHER WORLD forever - that's how much of an imprint her performances left on me.

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