10 Primetime and Film Stars Who Won Daytime Emmys
No. 4: Anne Heche, Another World
It was kinda silly that Anne Heche was up for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 1991. Her twin characters—the brazen Vicky Hudson and her fragile sister Marley Love—had been driving story on NBC's Another World for years! Even still, Heche fans (The one writing this being chief among them!) were thrilled when she took home the award.
After leaving AW, Heche quickly landed a role in the 1992 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie O Pioneers! She made her big screen debut in 1993's The Adventures of Huck Finn. Heche's post-soap breakout role came in the highly-lauded, 1996 HBO movie If These Walls Could Talk. She played a college student who decided to get an abortion in the powerful anthology.
By 1997, Heche began booking steady work in film. That year, she starred as: Johnny Depp's wife in Donnie Brasco; an earthquake specialist in Volcano (1997); a woman caught up in the drama of a political sex scandal in Wag The Dog and as a backwoods red herring in the hit, teen slasher flick I Know What You Did Last Summer.
The following year, Heche was the female lead, opposite Harrison Ford, in Seven Days Seven Nights. She also appeared in the drama Return to Paradise with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1988. According to Heche, the blacklash she received following going public with her lesbian romance with future daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres, caused her film career to stumble around that time. A much-publicized break up from Degeneres, amid a battle with mental illness for Heche, followed in 2000.
In 2001, Heche took primetime by storm in a hilarious arc on Fox's Ally McBeal. She also appeared on the Great White Way in Proof. The year 2002 saw Heche return to the big screen, as an unfeeling hospital administrator in Denzel Washington's John Q.
Heche continued to work steadily throughout the 00's, nabbing gigs in primetime (Everwood, Nip/Tuck, Gracie's Choice), film (Prozac Nation, Birth) and on Broadway (Twentieth Century). In 2006, she was poised for her biggest primetime success to date, starring in the ABC rom-com Men In Trees, however, the 2008 Writers Strike helped put the Alaska-set series on ice.
From 2009-11, Heche appeared opposite Thomas Jane in HBO's buzzy-yet-low rated dramedy Hung. The talented actress is set to return to primetime next season as the lead in NBC's spiritual dramedy Save Me.