09/04/2001 - Updated 01:59 PM ET

Anne Heche weds, closes the door on her past

By Jocelyn McClurg, USA TODAY

Actress Anne Heche made a commitment to heterosexuality Saturday by marrying the cameraman she met while working on a documentary about her ex-lover, comedian Ellen DeGeneres.

Heche, 32, and Coleman "Coley" Laffoon, 27, were married in a villa near L.A. in a ceremony attended by 75 friends and family members, her publicist, Brad Cafarelli, said Sunday.

Heche's wedding comes just days before the release of her memoir, Call Me Crazy, and an interview with Barbara Walters to be broadcast Wednesday on ABC's 20/20.

On Monday, ABC released excerpts, including Heche's revelation that she spent the first 31 years of her life suffering from mental illness triggered by sexual abuse by her father.

Heche says she was "insane" and believed she was two people. Celestia, her other personality, was from another planet and spoke a different language directly with God, Heche says.

Heche says she was sexually abused by her father from the time she was a toddler until she was 12. Donald Heche, a choir director in a Baptist church who frequented gay bars, died of AIDS in 1983.

The actress says she was insane during her three-year relationship with DeGeneres, which ended last year. She says she regained her sanity about a year ago, after she was found wandering in Fresno, Calif., in a confused state, shortly after her breakup with DeGeneres.

"I'm all here," Heche says of her current mental state. "I could not be more elated with my life."

Cafarelli said Heche and her new husband will honeymoon after she finishes a 10-city book tour.