Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
Actress Anne Heche, who had secretly struggled with mental illness, reached a breaking point after splitting with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The day after the breakup, Heche drove from her home in Los Angeles to Fresno and wandered into a stranger's house, where she showered, put on Mickey Mouse slippers and then tried to persuade the children there to board a spaceship to heaven with her.
In her 2001 memoir, "Call Me Crazy," Heche explained the cause of her strange behavior: Sexual abuse she said she suffered as a young girl led her to block most of her childhood memories and fill them in with delusions of flying and being the reincarnation of God herself.
"It's a benefit that I did all those things because I have them to draw on as an actress," Heche told the Los Angeles Times in 2004. If you're looking for someone with a well to explore emotionally on the screen, I can do it."
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