Why did Anne Heche buy a 'random' red wig in this Venice hair salon before her crash?
Glass Hair Design owner and stylist Richard Glass takes a selfie with actress Anne Heche and the red wig she bought in Venice on Friday before crashing into a house in Mar Vista.
Just before Anne Heche crashed her car into a house in Mar Vista just before 11am on Friday, she was acting like "a sweet little girl" when she bought a bright red wig from Glass Hair Design in Venice, salon owner Richard Glass said on Friday Monday.
About an hour after the home collapse, nearly 60 firefighters rescued Heche from the wreckage of her small blue car in Mar Vista, a west LA neighborhood just two miles from the salon. They also put out flames that engulfed the vehicle and rendered the home uninhabitable.
Videos taken before the crash showed Heche speeding through the neighborhood, slamming into an apartment building's garage, narrowly missing a pedestrian and hitting a jaguar before landing at the home on the 1700 block of South Walgrove Avenue.
Heche was in critical condition Monday, on a ventilator and in a coma after suffering severe burns from the crash, her rep told The Times in a statement. The burns required "surgical intervention," the statement said, and the actor has "a significant lung injury."
Heche is now under investigation by the LAPD, and authorities have obtained a search warrant on the actor's blood drawn at the hospital to determine if she was intoxicated.
However, according to famed hair and makeup artist Glass, Heche was "not speaking in cursive" when she stopped at his salon around 10:35 a.m. Friday, according to timestamps in several photos he took with the actor after he had called her purchase .
"Cursive" describes Glass a person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He doesn't appear to have changed, he said in an exclusive interview with the Times on Monday.
The Daytime Emmy winner was "very pleasant," Glass said as she walked through the back door into his Main Street salon in a tank top, comfortable pants and fluffy, plush slippers.
When he first caught her out of the corner of his eye walking alone from the parking lot to the store, Glass said he thought she was one of his customers, "Orange Is the New Black" actress Lori Petty. Then he noticed that her hair was too long.
Heche immediately looked at some wigs arranged on a shelf above his shampoo area - in colors ranging from natural tones to shocking pink and pure white - and asked for a blue one. When Glass said it was taken, Heche said she would buy a bright red wig instead.
The salon owner said he told Heche the red wig hadn't been cut, styled or even washed yet, but that the 53-year-old didn't care. By the time he went to call her he had realized who she was and they snapped a series of selfies together. He posted one on his Instagram account showing the pair - and the wig.
"So I met @anneheche today and she so randomly bought a #redwig," Glass captioned the selfie for his 3,000 followers. "I love #venicebeach #actress #director #mother #celebrity #lifestyle."
In the photo, Heche is wearing no makeup and her hair is a bit tousled as she smiles for the camera.
The 'Six Days Seven Nights' actor "grabbed my face" and cuddled it, said Glass, a native of Venice, and she asked him if they'd worked together before. Glass told her no but said he was definitely available in the future.
"In one of the pictures TMZ posted, you can see the wig on the console," the stylist said. And indeed, the photo, which many believe purportedly shows a bottle of alcohol in the car's cup holder, also shows a bit of red fringing where the wig sits on the passenger's side of the center console.
After Heche left, Glass returned to the client whose hair he had been working on and they talked about their unexpected visitor. "We mentioned that she was dating Ellen [DeGeneres]," Glass said. "We were looking for her.
The whole encounter was "so strange," he said. "Very, very random."
Mar Vista neighbor David Manpearl told the Times on Monday he saw a car speed past his window and then heard a loud bang. It took him a few seconds to figure out there had been an accident, he said, but when he arrived he found the front wall of the house was missing and debris was everywhere.
Heche's Mini Cooper drove through the house and got stuck in the back of a wall, he said. He said he found the home's tenant barefoot with her turtle and two dogs amid the remains of her kitchen, surrounded by rubble.
Times contributors Richard Winton, Nicole Kagan, and Christian Martinez contributed to this report.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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