Anne Heche is reflecting on the way that the film industry treated her because of her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres.

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“Dancing with the Stars” contestant Heche dated the “Ellen” host from 1997 until 2000.

“In 1997, I met Ellen DeGeneres at the Vanity Fair party and that was the night that changed my life forever,” Heche recalled in a video from this week’s “DWTS” that was provided to People. 

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Speaking out about the stigma she experienced because of the romance, Heche continued,  “My movie premiere for ‘Volcano’, I had told them that I was taking Ellen as my date and I was told if I took Ellen I would lose my Fox contract. At that moment, she took my hand and said, ‘Do what they say’ and I said, ‘No thanks.’ I took Ellen to the premiere and I was ushered out before the movie even ended and was told I was not allowed to go to my own after party for fear that they would get pictures of me with a woman.”

Revealing that she even lost a movie deal, Heche added, “She was warning me, ‘This is going to happen.’ I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three-and-a-half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multi-million dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years.”

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