Anne Heche, tabloid target, survivor of unspeakable shame, and she says she's not crazy anymore. It's a great pleasure to welcome tonight a return visit. Anne Heche, the author of one of the most honest, extraordinary, outspoken autobiographies ever written by anyone in show business, titled "Call Me Crazy." It's gotten tremendous reviews. I, although I was never diagnosed as being crazy, I went crazy. I mean, one, I wanted to tell my story and get to a place where I could move on from the darkness in my life and find light and joy and peace and balance in the now. And of course, in the journey of writing a book, there are a million reasons why I realized I was writing it. You know, you say you're helping other people or you want to help other people and you honestly come to terms with the fact that you're only helping yourself, but at the same time, I wanted to talk about stuff that people don't talk about so that maybe they would talk about it. But sure, 31 years until I could say goodbye to it. The difference between clowns and great comics is that clowns just want to get a laugh and they really don't care why you laugh or what you're laughing at, while great comics want to Farley was a great clown. Mohr doesn't really touch on Farley's demons or mention his death.That's the portrait of him Jay Mohr paints in his book Gasping for Airtime. A somewhat sadder picture gets drawn in Live From New York. I don't think he became self-destructive to imitate his idol.
From what I've read, though, it seems to me that Belushi was trying to get on top of something. But I think he was taking whatever it was he was fighting head on and at full strength.
And I was -- we stayed in a 400- year old farm house, and sure there were times when I would come up from downstairs and say, "I don't know if I can do this. This part is too difficult." There were times when, obviously -- the book is about the sexual abuse that I endured as a child and getting on the other side of that abuse. HECHE: Oh, I don't even take offense because it's so ridiculous. KING: They decide when they're going to publish, right? I mean, I wrote the book very quickly, but -- and that's one of the reasons why it's coming out so soon. And she has so much, so much to give on television. And I think she would think the same about me in this book. I never told anybody that I heard voices and spoke to God. I thought it would have to be something I would have to keep secret forever. The therapists knew about all the different things I was going through to get the shame out of me, but the therapists never knew to the extent of the world that I created to get out of the shame of my abuse.
KING: Are there things -- and you don't have to tell us -- that didn't get in? There are some things that didn't get in because I didn't think they were anybody's business. It was about a journey of all of my relationships, the abusive patterns that I had in my life, the things that I encountered through different relationships and the journey of that. Do you take offense that people think that this was published to time with Ellen De Generes' television show? I was raised to always tell everybody that everything was fine, and even though I was in therapy for years I never told anybody that I had another personality. The therapists knew about the shame I was enduring.
THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. And I wanted to be honest about it and tell why and tell it how... One, I wanted people to be able to understand that once you talk about something you can get on the other side of it. So as I say, they don't -- maybe they could save themselves from going crazy.
LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, she was half of the world's most famous lesbian couple ever. ANNE HECHE, ACTRESS: Well, thank you for that introduction.