Mariel Hadley Hemingway (born November 22, 1961) is an American actress. She began acting at age 14 with a Golden Globe-nominated breakout role in Lipstick (1976), and she received Academy and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979).
Hemingway in 2011
Mariel Hadley Hemingway
November 22, 1961
Mill Valley, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Boston University|
(m. 1984; div. 2009)
|Relatives||Ernest Hemingway |
Margaux Hemingway (sister)
She is also known for her leading roles in Personal Best (1982) and Star 80 (1983), as well as in the TV series Civil Wars, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Amid mental health struggles, Hemingway's career dwindled in the 1990s. She has starred in and co-produced videos about yoga and holistic living. She published a yoga memoir, Finding My Balance, in 2002, and another more general one, Out Came the Sun, in 2015.
Hemingway was born in Mill Valley, California, the third daughter of Byra Louise (née Whittlesey) Hemingway and Jack Hemingway, a writer. Joan Hemingway is her sister. Another sister, Margaux Hemingway, was a model and actress who died of a barbiturate overdose at age 42 in 1996.
Her paternal grandparents were Hadley Richardson (1891–1979) and Nobel Prize–laureate novelist Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), who died by suicide four months before she was born. She was named after the Cuban port of Mariel—her father and grandfather visited the village regularly to go fishing. Her middle name was her paternal grandmother's. Hemingway grew up primarily in Ketchum, Idaho, where her father lived, and where Ernest had spent time as a sportsman and writer.
Career in film
Hemingway's first role was with her real-life sister Margaux (also in her debut role) in the film Lipstick (1976), in which they played sisters. She received notice for her acting and was nominated as "Best Newcomer" for the Golden Globe Award that year. Her highest profile role came with her role in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979), a romantic comedy in which she plays Tracy, a high school student and Allen's lover. Just 16 during filming (in the film she is said to be 17), she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In her memoir, Out Came the Sun (2015), Hemingway alleged that Allen attempted to begin a sexual relationship with her shortly after filming was completed, when she had turned 18. Hemingway declined his advances.
In Personal Best (1982), she played a bisexual track-and-field athlete in a film noted for its same-sex love scenes. In connection with Personal Best, she appeared in a nude pictorial in the April 1982 issue of Playboy and was on the cover.
She starred as Dorothy Stratten in Star 80 (1983), a film about the Playboy model's life and murder. Reports circulated for years that Hemingway had had her breasts enlarged to play the role of Stratten, but during a 2007 appearance on the late-night talk and variety show, Fashionably Late with Stacy London, she said she had had the surgery before Star 80. Her breast implants were removed years later after they had ruptured.
She was featured in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) as Lacy Warfield. Subsequently, released additional footage showed an expansion of her role. She also co-starred in the 1991–93 ABC series Civil Wars. She was cast as the female lead in Darren Star's CBS drama Central Park West for the 1995–96 season; however, the show fared poorly with both critics and viewers, and after 13 episodes Hemingway was told that the show wanted her to accept a huge pay cut and demotion to recurring character status. She quit the series, which only lasted eight more episodes before being cancelled. In 1996, she had a leading role in the British TV movie September, playing the wife of Michael York.
She has played a lesbian or bisexual woman in several films and television shows, including Personal Best, The Sex Monster, In Her Line of Fire, and episodes of the TV series Roseanne ("Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and "December Bride") and Crossing Jordan. Hemingway, however, is neither lesbian nor bisexual. She has said she formed a "big connection with the LGBT community" after Personal Best and enjoys taking roles in "cutting-edge" productions.
Hemingway worked on the documentary film Running from Crazy, directed by Barbara Kopple and produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network chronicling the Hemingway family's history of suicide, substance abuse and mental illness, shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. In October 2013, Hemingway received a humanitarian award from the San Diego Film Festival for her role in the documentary.
As of early 2011, Hemingway was romantically linked with former stuntman Bobby Williams, with whom she has co-authored a self-help book. In April 2015, Williams was described as Hemingway's partner. She practices Transcendental Meditation.
In a 2013 television documentary film, Running from Crazy, Hemingway, then 51, talked of her bouts of mental illness and her still lingering issues with her siblings. She spoke of her family's struggles with alcoholism, mental illnesses and suicide. (In particular she mentioned how her sister Margaux's suicide continued to haunt her.) She also made claims that her parents' marriage was abusive and unhappy, and about abusive incidents in her childhood.
|1976||Lipstick||Kathy McCormick||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress|
|1976||I Want to Keep My Baby||Sue Ann Cunningham||Television movie|
|1979||Manhattan||Tracy||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|1982||Personal Best||Chris Cahill|
|1983||Star 80||Dorothy Stratten|
|1985||The Mean Season||Christine Connelly|
|1987||Amerika||Kimberly Ballard||2 episodes|
|1987||Superman IV: The Quest for Peace||Lacy Warfield||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|1988||Steal the Sky||Helen Mason||Television movie|
|1988||Sunset||Cheryl King||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Miranda Singer||Episode: "Loved to Death"|
|1991–93||Civil Wars||Sydney Guilford||36 episodes|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
|1992||Falling from Grace||Alice Parks|
|1993||Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story||Cathy Mahone||Television movie|
|1993||The Hidden Room||Jane Stark||Episode: "Stark in Love"|
|1994||Naked Gun 33 1⁄3: The Final Insult||Herself (uncredited)|
|1995||Central Park West||Stephanie Wells||13 episodes|
|1995||Deceptions II: Edge of Deception|
|1995||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Mariel Hemingway/Blues Traveler"|
|1997||Deconstructing Harry||Beth Kramer|
|1998||Little Men||Jo Baer|
|1999||The Sex Monster||Laura Barnes|
|1999||First Daughter||Alex McGregor||Television movie|
|1999||American Reel||Disney Rifkin|
|1999||Kiss of a Stranger||Nova Clarke||Television movie|
|2000||The Contender||Cynthia Charlton Lee|
|2001||First Shot||Alex McGregor|
|2001||Becker||Ruth Sanders||2 episodes|
|2002||Crossing Jordan||Lisa Fromer||Episode: "Scared Straight"|
|2002||Warning: Parental Advisory||Tipper Gore||Television movie|
|2005||See Arnold Run||Maria Shriver||Television movie|
|2006||In Her Line of Fire||Lynn Delaney|
|2006||Between Truth and Lies||Dr. Claire Parker|
|2007||Law & Order||Ashley Jones||Episode: "Remains of the Day"|
|2008||The Golden Boys||Martha|
|2008||My Suicide||Charlotte Silver|
|2010||Ay Lav Yu||Pamela|
|2012||Rise of the Zombies||Dr. Lynn Snyder||Television movie|
|2013||Running from Crazy||Herself||Television documentary|
|2014||Unity||Herself (as Narrator)||Documentary|
|2015||Papa: Hemingway in Cuba||Woman Guest|
|2016||Finding Fortune||Madison||Television movie|
- Hemingway, Mariel (2002). Finding My Balance: A Memoir (1st ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-3807-9.
- —— (2006). Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman's Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life (1st ed.). HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-089039-1.
- —— (2009). MARIEL'S KITCHEN Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life (1st ed.). HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-164987-5.
- —— (2013). Running With Nature (1st ed.). Changing Lives Press. ISBN 0988247615.
- —— & Greenman, Ben (2013). Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family (1st ed.). Regan Arts. ISBN 1941393233.
- —— (2015). Invisible Girl (1st ed.). Regan Arts. ISBN 978-1941393-24-6.
- She states in the documentary: "When I was really small, and I shared a room with Margaux, and my dad came in the room, you know... I don't wanna call it what it was, but it wasn't right, you know... um, it's hard to have a visual of that, you don't wanna see your dad doing those things, but I know it, I know it happened. I think that my dad abused the girls [Margaux and Joan], sexually abused the girls, um, when they were young. My dad, if you met him, was not, you don't think 'oh, pedophile', or this or that, you just didn't, that's not what came to your mind at all, at all, he was a beautiful man and in many ways, but I think it happened in drunk, you know, behavior, you know 'my wife doesn't love me', I don't know what the reasons were. You know 'I'm obsessed with my daughters', I don't know why a person can even go there.... I know people would say, 'there's no way in hell your father did that'. And yet, Margaux was obsessed with him, Muffet was obsessed with him, and my mother allowed me to sleep with her my whole childhood practically. I slept with my mom from age seven to age sixteen. But I witnessed it as a kid, so... that's why I thought it never happened to me, because... I don't know why it didn't, but I just assumed it happened to them and it didn't happen to me."
- "Mariel H Hemingway was born on November 22, 1961 in Marin County, California". californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
- "Mariel Hemingway profile". Filmreference.com. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- Miller, Julie (March 25, 2015). "Mariel Hemingway Says Woody Allen Tried to Seduce Her When She Was a Teenager". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
- Fitz-Gerald, Sean (March 25, 2015). "Mariel Hemingway Says Woody Allen Tried to Seduce Her at 18". Vulture. New York Media. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
- Howard Kurtz "Exclusive: Young Mariel Hemingway had to rebuff Woody Allen's advances", Fox News, March 25, 2015.
- Helen Nianias "Woody Allen: Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of writer Ernest, claims director had 'crush' on her when she was 17", The Independent, March 26, 2015.
- Hemingway, Mariel. Finding My Balance. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
- MacDonald, Jay (May 1, 2007). "Fame & Fortune: Mariel Hemingway", Bankrate; accessed August 27, 2009.
- "Yoga Now: Accelerated Workout DVD". probidad.org. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
Longtime yoga practitioner and Hollywood actress Mariel Hemingway teams up with renowned instructor Rodney Yee ... through a combination of yoga, cardio, and proper eating habits
- Mariel Hemingway Bio, Town & Country Magazine; accessed September 26, 2016.
- "Actress Mariel Hemingway honored with humanitarian award at San Diego Film Festival". 10News. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
- My New Life (December 7, 2008). "Mariel Hemingway's Personal Journal | Living a Holistic Life". Marielhemingway.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- The New York Times profile, nytimes.com; accessed September 26, 2016.
NOTE: IMDb entry for Stephen Crisman says they are still married; Hemingway's indicates they divorced in 2009.
The New York Times says the couple divorced in 2008.
- Strobel, Mike. "The moon also rises on Mariel Hemingway". Toronto Sun. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- Brown, Bobbi (April 6, 2015). "How Mariel Hemingway Overcame Her Family's Tragic Legacy". Yahoo! News. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
I meditate every day, twice a day. I think if you learn to do TM, it changes your life
- Semmes, Anne (April 11, 2015). "Mariel Hemingway shares stories of a troubled family". Retrieved May 17, 2015.
I do (transcendental) meditation twice a day.
- Kopple, Barbara (January 7, 2013). Running from Crazy (Motion picture). United States: Oprah Winfrey Network.
- Stuever, Hank (April 26, 2014). "OWN's 'Running From Crazy': When you hear those bells, they don't always toll for thee". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- Landau, Elizabeth (January 23, 2014). "Hemingway family mental illness explored in new film". CNN. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
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