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Call Me Crazy: A Memoir Paperback – March 4, 2003

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Gloria SteinemRead this book to know it's possible to grow up sane, compassionate and creative in a crazy, cruel, dictatorial world -- providing you have guides like Anne Heche. Call Me Crazy is a brave, funny, irresistible, and wise companion on the long journey home. -- Review

About the Author

Anne Heche stars in the films Psycho, Six Days Seven Nights, Return to Paradise, Wag the Dog, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Donnie Brasco, Walking and Talking, and The Juror. Her television appearances include Subway Stories, Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, Ellen, Murphy Brown, and Another World.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (March 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743424417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743424417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By TawnTawn on December 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although not the best writing style, the story does flow and this book turned out to be a page-turner. Before reading this book, I had no fondness for Anne Heche. I thought she was a perfectly adequate actress, but I believed her jumping from relationship to relationship (with whoever was the most famous or whoever had the most money) was a bit opportunistic, and maybe I still think that. However, her book explains her actions.

Anne believes that her father molested her - although she does not present any particular concrete memory to back this up. She told her mother that she had herpes on her face, and her mother admitted that when Anne was a baby, she had what was probably herpes on her vaginal area. Apparently her mother didn't catch them from husband, or if she did, she wasn't saying. What upset Anne so much was that her mother would never say she was sorry, or acknowledge that she was in any way responsible for not protecting Anne. What's weird (to me) is that obviously her father was a homosexual who had gay relationships with other adult males (he died of AIDS), but according to Anne's story, he was also a heterosexual pedophile - what's up with that?

Her father was a choir master who moved from church to church and her mother did not work (until much later). Her mother somehow managed to feed the family on the $5.00 a week her husband brought home. It's obvious that many of Anne's memories are not clear, but that's the way it is for many abuse survivors. Not only was Anne sexually abused, her father physically abused all the kids (her brother got blamed for stealing money - her father was the culprit), and the children were not allowed to ask questions and were punished for this.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patty E. Fleener on June 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm the webowner of Mental Health Today and I found this book not only to be an enjoyable to read as I could not put it down, but felt that it will greatly assist others who have been sexually abused and hopefully society will begin to understand the effects of sexual abuse through this book.
The book does not mention Anne's particular diagnosis which may have been helpful to the reader, but does provide a clear account of what Anne experienced.
Anne discusses her thoughts and feelings about the sexual abuse she endured while growing up and made a connection between this abuse and the many psychotic episodes she experienced.
I feel this book will be extremely helpful for anyone who experiences some psychosis in their lives and/or for those who have been sexually abused.
I praise Anne highly for providing us with the experiences of her own life as I feel this book will not only be helpful to victims of abuse but for families as well to assist them in understanding what their loved one suffers.
I only hope that more celebrities will come forward with their stories, bringing mental health disorders more into the light.
I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BookMania on December 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
At first I thought it was rather pretentious for any 31-year-old to be writing their autobiography, but after having read this book by Anne Heche, it is obvious to see that so much has already happened in her thus-far short life that it is worthy of an entire novel.
Most people only know of Anne Heche as the woman who dated Ellen DeGeneres, and then later broke up with her, went crazy, and then decided that she wasn't gay after all and subsequently married a man. While these are the facts that make the newspaper and tabloid headlines, they only scratch the surface of a very traumatic and eventful life. In this novel, Heche tells us about her life which began with an abusive childhood. Her father was a lazy unambitious tyrant who abused her emotionally, physically, and sexually and later confessed to being a homosexual and died of AIDS. She talks in depth about her ongoing struggles with religion, drugs, mental illness, and romance. She also talks about her rise to success as an actress, as well as the notoriety that comes with her career. I was particularly interested about her description of her delusions. At first she thinks she is God, herself, and then she schizophrenically develops an alter ego named Celestia.
I've seen most of the movies that Anne Heche has been in, but I never really thought much of her until I read this novel. She has certainly endured a lot in her life, and the scars of her past have not yet healed completely, but there's something to admire in her strength and courage. Being a straight male, I was hesitant to read this novel thinking that it was targeted towards women. However, I honestly enjoyed it and learned something from it. I recommend this book for everyone.
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63 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on September 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
While Anne may be a celebrity in her own right, with all the publicity, hype and controversary behind the relationship of Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres, the public has been exposed to most of the nitty-gritty details from the perspective of DeGeneres. Like many of life's revelations, there are usual three sides to every story: the first party's side, the second party's side, and the truth, which usually lies somewhere down the middle. Through the pages of this book, readers will not only read of Anne's relationship with DeGeneres, but will find an entire intriguing life story of a woman whose persona has not before been completely revealed. Readers get the facts straight from the source. Anne's life has been a complex one filled with trials and tribulations from start to present day. This book is not about "Anne the celebrity" but "Anne the person." For her, life has been filled with overwhelming obstacles, tragedy and heartache. Readers fascinated by the world of memoirs and autobiographies will find this is a book well worth reading. As for Anne herself, readers will have to draw their own conclusions, but as the title implies, "Call her Crazy", I would say, "no," call her human.
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