Mariel Hemingway

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Mariel Hemingway
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Hemingway in 2011
Born Mariel Hadley Hemingway
(1961-11-22) November 22, 1961 (age 54)
Mill Valley, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, writer
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Stephen Crisman (1984–2009)
Children Dree Crisman
Langley Crisman
Parent(s) Jack Hemingway
Byra Louise Whittlesey
Relatives Ernest Hemingway (grandfather)
Margaux Hemingway (sister)

Mariel Hadley Hemingway (born November 22, 1961)[1] is an American actress and author. She began acting at age 14 in a breakout role in Lipstick (1976) and received Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations for her role in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979). She is also known for her roles in Personal Best (1982), Star 80 (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).

She has starred in and co-produced videos about yoga and holistic living. She published a memoir in 2002, and another, Out Came the Sun, in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Hemingway was born[2] in Mill Valley, California, the third daughter of Byra Louise Hemingway (née Whittlesey; January 5, 1922 – June 24, 1988) and Jack Hemingway, a writer.[3] Her sisters are Joan Hemingway (born 1950) and Margaux Hemingway (1954–1996). Margaux, who became an actress and model, died of a barbiturate overdose in 1996 at age 42.

Her paternal grandparents were Hadley Richardson and Nobel Prize-laureate novelist Ernest Hemingway (who committed suicide several 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 her paternal grandfather had spent time as a sportsman and writer. She also spent part of her adolescence in Los Angeles and New York City.


Hemingway's first role was with her sister Margaux in the film Lipstick (1976). The movie was not considered especially good, but she received notice for her acting and was nominated as "Best Newcomer" for the Golden Globe Award that year.

Hemingway's highest profile 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 alleges that Allen attempted to begin a sexual relationship with her shortly after filming was completed, when she had turned 18. Hemingway successfully resisted his advances.[4][5][6]

In Personal Best (1982), she played a bisexual track-and-field athlete in a film noted for some explicit (by mainstream standards) lesbian love scenes. In connection with Personal Best, she appeared in a pictorial in the April 1982 issue of Playboy and was on the cover.

Hemingway in August 2014

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]

Hemingway was also 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. Hemingway immediately quit the series, which only lasted eight more episodes in the summer of 1996 before being cancelled. In 1996, she had a leading role in the British TV movie September, playing the wife of Michael York. In 1997, she played in Road Ends (Kat) with Dennis Hopper.

Hemingway 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 not gay. She has said she formed a "big connection with the gay-and-lesbian community" after Personal Best and enjoys taking roles in "cutting-edge" productions.[8]

She is currently the host of Spiritual Cinema,[1] a monthly television show dedicated to spiritual films. She has begun hosting a series of yoga practice videos Yoga Now, with guru Rodney Yee.[9]

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,[10] 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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hemingway married Stephen Crisman on December 9, 1984.[12] They have two daughters: Dree Crisman (born in 1987) and Langley (born in 1989).[12] They separated in 2008 and divorced soon afterwards.[13][14]

As of early 2011, Hemingway was romantically linked with former stuntman Bobby Williams, with whom she has co-authored several self-help books.[15] In April 2015, Williams was described as Hemingway's partner.[16] Hemingway practices Transcendental Meditation.[16][17]

In a 2013 television documentary film, Running from Crazy,[18] Hemingway, at age 51, talked of her bouts with mental illness and her still lingering issues with her siblings.[19][20] She spoke of her family's struggles with alcoholism, mental illnesses and suicide.[19][20] She also made claims that her parents' marriage was abusive and unhappy, and about abusive incidents in her childhood.[a][20][19]


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"
1994–95 Roseanne Sharon 2 episodes
1995 Central Park West Stephanie Wells 13 episodes
1995 Deceptions II: Edge of Deception
1996 Bad Moon Janet
1997 Deconstructing Harry Beth Kramer
1997 Little Men Jo Baer
1999 The Sex Monster Laura Barnes
1999 First Daughter Alex McGregor Television movie
1999 American Reel Disney Rifkin
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"
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 Narrator Documentary


  • Hemingway, Mariel (2002). Finding My Balance: A Memoir (1st ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-3807-9. 
  • Hemingway, Mariel (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. 
  • Hemingway, Mariel (2009). MARIEL'S KITCHEN Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life (1st ed.). HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-164987-5. 
  • Hemingway, Mariel (2013). Running With Nature (1st ed.). Changing Lives Press. ISBN 0988247615. 
  • Hemingway, Mariel; Ben Greenman (2013). Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family (1st ed.). Regan Arts. ISBN 1941393233. 


  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."[18]


  1. ^ a b "Mariel Hemingway". IMDb. 
  2. ^ "Mariel H Hemingway was born on November 22, 1961 in Marin County, California. Mother's maiden name was Whittles (sic)". Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Mariel Hemingway Biography (1961-)". Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  4. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (25 Mar 2015). "Mariel Hemingway Says Woody Allen Tried to Seduce Her at 18". Vulture. New York Media. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Howard Kurtz "Exclusive: Young Mariel Hemingway had to rebuff Woody Allen's advances", Fox News, 25 March 2015
  6. ^ Helen Nianias "Woody Allen: Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of writer Ernest, claims director had 'crush' on her when she was 17", The Independent, 26 March 2015
  7. ^ Hemingway, Mariel. Finding My Balance. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
  8. ^ MacDonald, Jay (May 1, 2007). "Fame & Fortune: Mariel Hemingway". Bankrate. Accessed August 27, 2009.
  9. ^ "Yoga Now: Accelerated Workout DVD .". 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 
  10. ^ Mariel Hemingway Bio - Hemingway Family - Town & Country Magazine
  11. ^ "Actress Mariel Hemingway honored with humanitarian award at San Diego Film Festival". 10News. 
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^ My New Life December 7th, 2008 42 comments (2008-12-07). "Mariel Hemingway's Personal Journal | Living a Holistic Life » 2008 » December". Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  14. ^ Note: the IMDb entry for Stephen Crisman says they are still married; the one for Hemingway says they divorced in 2009. The New York Times says 2008.
  15. ^ Strobel, Mike. "The moon also rises on Mariel Hemingway". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  16. ^ a b Brown, Bobbi (6 April 2015). "How Mariel Hemingway Overcame Her Family’s Tragic Legacy". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 17 May 2015. I meditate every day, twice a day. I think if you learn to do TM, it changes your life. 
  17. ^ Semmes, Anne (11 April 2015). "Mariel Hemingway shares stories of a troubled family". Retrieved 17 May 2015. I do (transcendental) meditation twice a day. 
  18. ^ a b Kopple, Barbara (Director) (January 7, 2013). Running from Crazy (Motion picture). United States: Oprah Winfrey Network. 
  19. ^ a b c 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. 
  20. ^ a b c Landau, Elizabeth (January 23, 2014). "Hemingway family mental illness explored in new film". CNN. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 

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