Heche also starred in several roles in Los Angeles theater productions in 1991 and 1992, including "Us & Them", a Generation X slice-of-life theater piece, and Getting Away With Murder, a stage adaptation of the James M. Cain stories Dead Man and The Baby in the Icebox, which were produced as part of the Mark Taper Forum-sponsored "Sundays at the Itchey Foot" series. In early 1993, Heche made her theatrical film debut in the little-seen independent film An Ambush of Ghosts, directed by Everett Lewis. Soon afterward, she appeared in the Disney film The Adventures of Huck Finn with Elijah Wood. Over the next two years, she performed mainly in bit parts in feature films such as A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) and larger supporting roles in cable television movies such as Girls in Prison (1994) and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995).
At the time of her death in August 2022, Heche had completed filming several films that were still in post-production and where she would appear posthumously. One of these films was Girl in Room 13 that aired as part of Lifetime's "Ripped from the Headlines" feature film. The movie is about human trafficking and was dedicated in memory of Heche. Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse is slated to be the final screen performance for Heche, which is a family-appeal film based on the worldwide hit song by Michael Martin Murphey. A sneak-peek scene featuring Heche in this film has been posted onto IMDB, _=nv_sr_srsg_0
On August 14, it was announced that organ recipients had been found and that her body would undergo the organ donation procedure that day. To honor her organ donation, hospital staff held an honor walk for Heche. That evening, her publicist announced that she had been "peacefully taken off life support." The office of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner recorded the cause of death as "inhalation and thermal injuries", with "sternal fracture due to blunt trauma" listed as an "other significant condition", and ruled her death an accident.
There's an urgency in all of these confrontations and contradictions. Every moment is life or death. It's exhausting, but again: Love is not known for being sedate. Sara has intricate conversations with heavy-hitting intellectuals on her radio show, but falls apart when trying to be forthright with her intimate partner. Jean is loving and kind to Sara, but avoids his struggling son. Sara loves Jean, but can also say with a straight face that he is "controlling" her, even though we have seen little to no evidence of that. Perception is all. If she feels it, she feels it. The truth is different depending on where you stand, and in a bell jar there's not enough room for everyone. No matter which way you try to make a move, you bump into someone else.
After that Sunday, he got right worrisome. Slipping her notes betweenthe leaves of hymn-books and things like that. It got so bad that a fewmonths later she made up her mind to marry him just to get rid of him.So she did, in spite of the most violent opposition of her family. Sheput on the little silk dress which she had made with her own hands, outof goods bought from egg-money she had saved. Her ninety pounds offortitude set out on her wedding night alone, since none of the familyexcept her brother Jim could bear the sight of her great come-down inthe world. She who was considered the prettiest and the smartest blackgirl was throwing herself away and disgracing the Pottses by marrying anover-the-creek nigger, and a bastard at that. Folks said he was acertain white man's son. But here she was, setting out to walk two milesat night by herself, to keep her pledge to him at the church. Herfather, more tolerant than her mother, decided that his daughter was notgoing alone, nor was she going to walk to her wedding. So he hitched upthe buggy and went with her. Nobody much was there. Her brother Jimslipped in just before she stood on the floor.
Of the Greeks, Hercules moved me most. I followed him eagerly on histasks. The story of the choice of Hercules as a boy when he met Pleasureand Duty, and put his hand in that of Duty and followed her steep way tothe blue hills of fame and glory, which she pointed out at the end,moved me profoundly. I resolved to be like him. The tricks and turns ofthe other Gods and Goddesses left me cold. There were other thin booksabout this and that sweet and gentle little girl who gave up her heartto Christ and good works. Almost always they died from it, preaching asthey passed. I was utterly indifferent to their deaths. In the firstplace I could not conceive of death, and in the next place they neverhad any funerals that amounted to a hill of beans, so I didn't care howsoon they rolled up their big, soulful, blue eyes and kicked the bucket.They had no meat on their bones.
So when I left the porch, I left a great deal behind me. I was weigheddown with a power I did not want. I had knowledge before its time. Iknew my fate. I knew that I would be an orphan and homeless. I knew thatwhile I was still helpless, that the comforting circle of my familywould be broken, and that I would have to wander cold and friendlessuntil I had served my time. I would stand beside a dark pool of waterand see a huge fish move slowly away at a time when I would be somehowin the depth of despair. I would hurry to catch a train, with doubts andfears driving me and seek solace in a place and fail to find it when Iarrived, then cross many tracks to board the train again. I knew that ahouse, a shotgun-built house that needed a new coat of white paint, heldtorture for me, but I must go. I saw deep love betrayed, but I must feeland know it. There was no turning back. And last of all, I would come toa big house. Two women waited there for me. I could not see their faces,but I knew one to be young and one to be old. One of them was arrangingsome queer-shaped flowers such as I had never seen. When I had come tothese women, then I would be at the end of my pilgrimage, but not theend of my life. Then I would know peace and love and what goes withthose things, and not before.
I never told anyone around me about these strange things. It was toodifferent. They would laugh me off as a story-teller. Besides, I had afeeling of difference from my fellow men, and I did not want it to befound out. Oh, how I cried out to be just as everybody else! But thevoice said No. I must go where I was sent. The weight of the commandmentlaid heavy and made me moody at times. When I was an ordinary child,with no knowledge of things but the life about me, I was reasonablyhappy. I would hope that the call would never come again. But even as Ihoped I knew that the cup meant for my lips would not pass. I must drinkthe bitter drink. I studied people all around me, searching for someoneto fend it off. But I was told inside myself that there was no one. Itgave me a feeling of terrible aloneness. I stood in a world of vanishedcommunion with my kind, which is worse than if it had never been.Nothing is so desolate as a place where life has been and gone. I stoodon a soundless island in a tideless sea.
The truth of the matter was, that poor Mr. Pendir was the one man in thevillage who could not swim a lick. He died a very ordinary death. Heworked too long in the hot sun one day, and some said on an emptystomach, and took down sick. Two days later he just died and was buriedand stayed where he was put. His life had not agreed with my phantasy atany point. He had no female relatives around to mourn loud and make hisfuneral entertaining, even, and his name soon ceased to be called. Thegrown folks of the village never dreamed what an exciting man he hadbeen to me. Even after he was dead and buried, I would go down to theedge of Lake Belle to see if I could run across some of his 'gator hidesthat he had sloughed off at daybreak when he became a man again. Myphantasies were still fighting against the facts.
It was near night. I shall never forget how the red ball of the sun hungon the horizon and raced along with the train for a short space, andthen plunged below the belly-band of the earth. There have been othersuns that set in significance for me, but that sun! It was a book-markin the pages of a life. I remember the long, strung-out cloud thatmeasured it for the fall.
When I was taken up to the amphitheatre for the operation I went upthere placing a bet with God. I did not fear death. Nobody would miss mevery much, and I had no treasures to leave behind me, so I would not goout of life looking backwards on that account. But I bet God that if Ilived, I would try to find out the vague directions whispered in my earsand find the road it seemed that I must follow. How? When? Why? What?All those answers were hidden from me.
My search for knowledge of things took me into many strange places andadventures. My life was in danger several times. If I had not learnedhow to take care of myself in these circumstances, I could have beenmaimed or killed on most any day of the several years of my researchwork. Primitive minds are quick to sunshine and quick to anger. Somelittle word, look or gesture can move them either to love or to stickinga knife between your ribs. You just have to sense the delicate balanceand maintain it.
I wrote "Their Eyes Were Watching God" in Haiti. It was dammed up in me,and I wrote it under internal pressure in seven weeks. I wish that Icould write it again. In fact, I regret all of my books. It is one ofthe tragedies of life that one cannot have all the wisdom one is ever topossess in the beginning. Perhaps, it is just as well to be rash andfoolish for a while. If writers were too wise, perhaps no books would bewritten at all. It might be better to ask yourself "Why?" afterwardsthan before. Anyway, the force from somewhere in Space which commandsyou to write in the first place, gives you no choice. You take up thepen when you are told, and write what is commanded. There is no agonylike bearing an untold story inside you. You have all heard of theSpartan youth with the fox under his cloak. 2b1af7f3a8