Anne Heche, a versatile actress, died in a vehicle accident at the age of 53.

Anne Heche, an actress who has played anything from a stressed-out White House adviser in "Wag the Dog" to a Bates Motel stabbing victim in a version of "Psycho"

She and Ellen DeGeneres made history as the first famous same-sex pair, and she was taken off life support on August 14. She was 53 years old.

Holly Baird, her spokeswoman, announced her death at a hospital in Los Angeles.

Ms. Heche was injured on Aug. 5 after crashing her car into a residence in the city's Mar Vista district.

The truck was enveloped in flames, and she was dragged from it with terrible burns.

She had a serious anoxic brain injury and was ruled brain dead, but she was kept alive so that her organs might be donated.

Ms. Heche expressed deep sadness that she had never had the opportunity to attend college in her challenging life. But she found joy and happiness in her career.