Mariel Hemingway

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Mariel Hemingway
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Hemingway in 2011
Mariel Hadley Hemingway

(1961-11-22) November 22, 1961 (age 60)
Alma materBoston University
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1976–present
Stephen Crisman
(m. 1984; div. 2009)
Partner(s)Bobby Williams (2011–present)
ChildrenDree Hemingway
Langley Fox
RelativesMargaux Hemingway (sister)
Ernest Hemingway (paternal grandfather)
Hadley Richardson (paternal grandmother)

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).

She is also known for her leading roles in Personal Best (1982), Star 80 (1983), and 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.

Early life[edit]

Hemingway was born in Mill Valley, California,[1] the third daughter of Byra Louise (née Whittlesey) and Jack Hemingway, a writer.[citation needed] Her sisters are Joan "Muffet" and Margot "Margaux", the latter of whom became a model and actress.

Her paternal grandparents were Hadley Richardson and Nobel Prize–laureate novelist Ernest Hemingway, 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[edit]

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.[2] She received notice for her acting and was nominated as "Best Newcomer" for the Golden Globe Award that year.[3] 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. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[4]

In Personal Best (1982), she played a bisexual track-and-field athlete in a film noted for its same-sex love scenes.[5] In connection with Personal Best, she appeared in a nude pictorial in the April 1982 issue of Playboy and was on the cover.[6]

Hemingway in April 2017

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.[7]

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.[8]

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 is heterosexual, but has said she formed a "big connection with the LGBT community" after Personal Best and enjoys taking roles in "cutting-edge" productions.[9]

She is currently the host of Spiritual Cinema,[citation needed] a monthly television show dedicated to spiritual films. She has begun hosting a series of yoga practice videos Yoga Now, with guru Rodney Yee.[10]

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,[11] 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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Hemingway married Stephen Crisman in 1984. They have two daughters: Dree Hemingway and Langley Fox. They separated in 2008 and divorced the following year.[13][14]

In 1996, her sister Margaux died of a barbiturate overdose at age 42. She was the fifth to commit suicide in four generations of Hemingways, and her family had difficulty accepting the fact of her suicide.[15]

In early 2011, Hemingway began a relationship with former stuntman Bobby Williams with whom she has co-authored a self-help book.[16][17] She practices Transcendental Meditation.[16][18]

In the 2013 television documentary Running from Crazy,[19] Hemingway talked of her bouts of mental illness and her still lingering issues with her siblings.[20][21] 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.[20][21] She also claimed that her parents' marriage was abusive and unhappy, and discussed abusive incidents in her childhood.[a][20][21]

In her memoir, Out Came the Sun (2015), Hemingway discussed being hit on by older men in Hollywood, including Bob Fosse, Robert De Niro, and Robert Towne. Woody Allen invited her on a trip to Paris, but she realized that he did not intend them to have separate rooms. Though she declined his advances, she states she continued to "love him as a friend" and was grateful that they stayed in touch in later years.[22][23][24][25][4]


Year Title Role Notes
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 Creator Meli
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 Delirious Janet Dubois/Louise
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+13: The Final Insult Herself (uncredited)
1994–95 Roseanne Sharon 2 episodes
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"
1996 Bad Moon Janet
1997 Deconstructing Harry Beth Kramer
1997 Road Ends Kat
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[26] Nova Clarke Television movie
2000 The Contender Cynthia Charlton Lee
2001 First Shot Alex McGregor
2001 Perfume Lesse Hotton
2001 Becker Ruth Sanders 2 episodes
2001 Fourplay Carly
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 Nanking Minnie Vautrin
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
2021 Grace and Grit[27] Chris


  • 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 978-0988247611.
  • —— & Greenman, Ben (2013). Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family (1st ed.). Regan Arts. ISBN 978-1941393239.
  • —— (2015). Invisible Girl (1st ed.). Regan Arts. ISBN 978-1941393-24-6.

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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."[19]


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  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Lipstick movie review & film summary (1976) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved August 17, 2022.
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  5. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Personal Best movie review & film summary (1982) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  6. ^ Chappell, Bill (February 4, 2016). "Playboy Begins Anew As A Never-Nude Magazine". NPR. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  7. ^ Hemingway, Mariel. Finding My Balance. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
  8. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (February 8, 2019). "Rosamunde Pilcher, author of 'The Shell Seekers,' dies at 94". The Irish Times. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
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  10. ^ "Yoga Now: Accelerated Workout DVD". 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
  11. ^ Mariel Hemingway Bio, Town & Country Magazine; accessed September 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Actress Mariel Hemingway honored with humanitarian award at San Diego Film Festival". 10News. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
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  14. ^ The New York Times profile,; 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.
  15. ^ "Psychology Today: What killed Margaux Hemingway?". May 1, 2007. Archived from the original on May 1, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  16. ^ a b 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
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  18. ^ Semmes, Anne (April 11, 2015). "Mariel Hemingway shares stories of a troubled family". Retrieved May 17, 2015. I do (transcendental) meditation twice a day.
  19. ^ a b Kopple, Barbara (January 7, 2013). Running from Crazy (Motion picture). United States: Oprah Winfrey Network.
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  22. ^ Hemingway, Mariel. Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family. Regan Arts. p. 102,130–2.
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  24. ^ Howard Kurtz "Exclusive: Young Mariel Hemingway had to rebuff Woody Allen's advances", Fox News, March 25, 2015.
  25. ^ 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.
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  27. ^ "Grace and Grit (2021)". Retrieved August 6, 2021.

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