Coleman "Coley" Laffoon
Birth Date : October 9th, 1974
Birth Place : Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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Laffoon adjusting to new life of bright lights and marriage
He's been featured as the companion cameraman, the son of a Knight Ridder executive and,
lately, as the husband of actress Anne Heche.
There's someone more behind the dark good looks of Coley Laffoon, who's the son of Saratogans Pinky
and Polk Laffoon, media giant Knight Ridder's vice president of corporate relations.
Laffoon, 27, who wed Heche in a small ceremony in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, says he's spent the last
three years in the Los Angeles area working as a freelance videographer and editor.
During that period he's made frequent trips up the coast to visit his parents and hit Village hangouts
like the Bank and Blue Rock Shoot.
"I love Saratoga," said Laffoon by phone Sept. 12 while he was on the road with Heche on a book tour.
Laffoon grew up in Cincinnati and Miami and attended college on the East Coast before moving to Los
While in Southern California, he says he worked on several video projects in the music industry before
he dove into his most recent film venture--a short documentary called "The Truth" about schoolchildren
from a variety of backgrounds throughout the Los Angeles area.
Things changed slightly in March of last year when Laffoon was hired as cameraman for a documentary
about comedienne Ellen DeGeneres's return to stand-up comic life.
Laffoon made a stop at the Mountain Winery last summer as part of his work on the film about DeGeneres,
spending most of his time shooting behind-the-scenes footage.
It was on the tour with the DeGeneres film crew that he met Heche.
The documentary was never completed. Heche and DeGeneres eventually ended their romantic relationship.
Laffoon took up with Heche several months after she split with DeGeneres, and the new couple eventually
became a media focal point this spring when they announced their engagement.
Laffoon, who's been travelling with Heche under an assumed name for a year now, says the increased
attention hasn't bothered him.
"It's not as strange as I thought--it's actually been a lot of fun," he said. "It's fun to have friends
say, 'Hey I've seen you in People or US.'"
For Laffoon, the spotlight has taken a backseat to other transforming events in his life.
"My life has
changed more because I'm married and we're having a baby," he said. Heche is three months pregnant.
Much of the couple's energy in recent weeks has turned to Heche's memoir, Call Me Crazy, which she was
out hawking recently in Toronto. Laffoon says he's kept a low profile at the book signings and has
been around mainly to support Heche.
The attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., put a halt to the tour, but not before 200 people turned
out for the Toronto reading and signing, which took place the same day of the terrorist attack.
"We weren't sure about the [book signing] after what happened," said Laffoon. "But it was
well-received--a little rest from the shock of what was going on in the East."
Son of a gun
Many readers may be aware that actress Anne Heche is getting married to Coleman Laffoon, a cinematographer.
But did you know Mr. Laffoon is the 27-year-old son of Polk Laffoon, vice president of corporate
relations for San Jose-based Knight Ridder?
Mr. Laffoon confirms that Coleman Laffoon is indeed his son, and that he is very excited about the
upcoming nuptials. He declines to say where or when the wedding will take place, although he did
reveal it will not be in San Jose.
"It's all very exciting," Mr. Laffoon says. "She's extremely talented, very sweet with us and very
creative in her tastes and choices about where she lives and what she does," Mr. Laffoon says of
Ms. Heche, 32.
Mr. Laffoon the younger met the actress last summer. He was documenting a national stand-up comedy
tour by Ellen DeGeneres, Ms. Heche's former girlfriend.
Polk Laffoon is unfazed by his future daughter-in-law's previous relationship.
"We seem to live in an era when a lot of people do a lot of things that to people 30 years ago would
have been more remarkable," he says.
Family Not Prepped for Heche Romance
Even though Anne Heche met her new beau while he was a cameraman for the documentary she filmed
of Ellen DeGeneres's stand-up-comedy tour last summer, he's not a Hollywood scenester like the
other men (and woman) Heche has been linked to.
In fact, according to a source close to the
couple, Coley Laffoon's upper-crusty family is less than thrilled by his career choice, his
new relationship with the sexually ambiguous actress, and rumors that he and Heche (whose
representative did not return calls) are expecting. "His family is so Muffy and Biff," the
"Coley came to New York to be an investment banker, and they were extremely
happy about that. But then he went out to L.A., where some of his friends were involved in film.
Suddenly, he was swept up in this alternative lifestyle. His parents are going bananas."
There goes the trust fund.