LOS ANGELES — Right before Anne Heche crashed her car into a Mar Vista home a little before 11 a.m. Friday, she was acting like “a sweet little girl” as she bought a bright red wig at Glass Hair Design in Venice, salon owner Richard Glass said Monday.
About an hour after the crash into the house, nearly 60 firefighters rescued Heche from the wreckage of her small blue car in Mar Vista, a neighborhood on L.A.'s westside, just two miles from the salon. They also extinguished flames that enveloped the vehicle and left the house uninhabitable.
Videos taken before the crash show Heche speeding in the neighborhood, slamming into an apartment building’s garage, narrowly missing a pedestrian and hitting a Jaguar before winding up at the house in the 1700 block of South Walgrove Avenue.
Heche was in critical condition Monday, on a ventilator and in a coma, after suffering serious burns because of the crash, her representative told the L.A. Times in a statement. The burns require “surgical intervention,” the statement said, and the actor has “a significant pulmonary injury.”
Heche is now under investigation by the LAPD, and authorities have obtained a search warrant for the actor’s blood drawn at the hospital to see whether she was intoxicated.
However, according to celebrity hair and makeup artist Glass, Heche “wasn’t speaking in cursive” when she stopped at his salon around 10:35 a.m. Friday, according to time stamps on several photos he took with the actor after ringing up her purchase.
“Speaking in cursive” is how Glass describes a person who is under the influence, be it alcohol or drugs. Heche did not appear altered to him, he said in an exclusive interview with the L.A. Times on Monday.
The Daytime Emmy winner was “very pleasant,” Glass said, when she popped into his Main Street salon through the back door wearing a strappy top, comfy pants and fluffy, plush house shoes.
When he first caught her out of the corner of his eye, walking into the shop by herself from the parking lot, Glass said he thought she was one of his clients, “Orange Is the New Black” actor Lori Petty. Then he realized her hair was too long.
Heche immediately eyed some wigs arranged on a shelf over his shampoo area — in colors ranging from natural shades to shocking pink and solid white — and asked about a blue one. When Glass said that that one was spoken for, Heche said she would buy a bright red wig instead.