Actress Anne Heche was hospitalised on Saturday after an accident in which her automobile collided with a house and flames sprang out, according to a representative.
"Anne's status is stable right now. In this trying time, her family and friends ask for your support and prayers as well as your respect for her privacy, according to a statement from Heather Duffy Boylston, Heche's friend and podcast co-host.
Just before 11 a.m. on Friday, Heche's speeding sedan entered a T-shaped crossroads in the Mar Vista neighbourhood of Los Angeles' west side, raced off the road, and collided with a house, according to Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the car stopped inside the two-story house and ignited a fire that took almost 60 firemen more than an hour to put out
On television news footage, a blue Mini Cooper Clubman that had been severely damaged and burned was being dragged from the house.
A woman was seen struggling to sit up on a stretcher as firefighters tried to get her into an ambulance.
No other injuries were mentioned, and no one has been taken into custody. Detectives with the police are looking.
Heche, an Ohio native, initially gained notoriety from 1987 until 1991 on the soap drama "Another World." For the part, she was given a Daytime Emmy Award.
She rose to fame as one of Hollywood's sexiest actors in the late 1990s, appearing frequently on magazine covers and in high-profile movies.
She appeared in several films alongside Johnny Depp, including 1997's "Donnie Brasco," Tommy Lee Jones' "Volcano," 1998's "Six Days, Seven Nights,
" Harrison Ford's "Six Days, Seven Days," Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix's "Return to Paradise," and the original 1997 "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with a cast that included Joaquin Phoenix.