Mariel Hemingway

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Mariel Hemingway
Hemingway in 2011
Born (1961-11-22) November 22, 1961 (age 62)[1]
Alma materBoston University
Occupation(s)Actress, writer, television presenter
Years active1976–present
Known for
Stephen Crisman
(m. 1984; div. 2009)
PartnerBobby Williams (2011–present)
ChildrenDree Hemingway
Langley Fox
RelativesMargaux Hemingway (sister)
Ernest Hemingway (paternal grandfather)
Hadley Richardson (paternal grandmother)
Grace Hall Hemingway (paternal great-grandmother)

Mariel 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 had 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. However, she co-starred with musician, artist, and film director John Mellencamp in the critically acclaimed film Falling from Grace in 1991. She has starred in and co-produced videos about yoga and holistic living. She published a yoga memoir, Finding My Balance, in 2002, and a more general memoir, Out Came the Sun, in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Hemingway's sisters are Joan "Muffet" and Margot "Margaux", the latter of whom became a model and actress.[citation needed]

Her paternal grandparents were Hadley Richardson and Nobel Prize-winning 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.[citation needed]

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 was 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 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 deep 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 known as 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.[4][22][23][24][25]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Lipstick Kathy McCormick Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
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
Creator Meli
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Lacy Warfield Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
The Suicide Club Sasha Michaels Also producer
1988 Sunset Cheryl King Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1990 Fire, Ice and Dynamite Herself Uncredited
1991 Delirious Janet Dubois/Louise
1992 Falling from Grace Alice Parks
1994 Naked Gun 33+13: The Final Insult Herself Uncredited
1995 Deceptions II: Edge of Deception Joan Branson
1996 Bad Moon Janet Harrison
1997 Deconstructing Harry Beth Kramer
Road Ends Kat
1998 Little Men Josephine "Jo" March Baer
1999 Kiss of a Stranger Nova Clarke
The Sex Monster Laura Barnes
2000 The Contender Cynthia Charlton Lee
2001 Perfume Lesse Hotton
Fourplay Carly Matthews Portland
2003 American Reel Disney Rifkin
2005 Time of Change Mariel
2006 In Her Line of Fire Lynn Delaney
2007 Nanking Minnie Vautrin
Greetings from Earth Helen Short film
2008 The Golden Boys Martha Snow
2009 My Suicide Charlotte Silver
2010 Ay Lav Yu Pamela
2013 Man Camp Aunt Chelsea
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
Lap Dance Aunt Billie
2015 Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Woman Guest
2019 The Wall of Mexico Mayor Ann Mason
2021 Grace and Grit Chris
2022 On Sacred Ground Marion
2023 God's Country Song Sara Bryan[26]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 I Want to Keep My Baby Sue Ann Cunningham Television movie
1987 Amerika Kimberly Ballard 6 episodes
1988 Steal the Sky Helen Mason Television movie
1991 Tales from the Crypt Miranda Singer Episode: "Loved to Death"
Into the Badlands Alma Heusser Television movie
1991–93 Civil Wars Sydney Guilford 36 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
1993 Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story Cathy Mahone Television movie
The Hidden Room Jane Stark Episode: "Stark in Love"
1994–95 Roseanne Sharon 2 episodes
1994 Normandy: The Great Crusade Martha Gellhorn Television movie; voice
1995 Central Park West Stephanie Wells 13 episodes
Saturday Night Live Herself/Host 2 episodes
1996 September Virginia Television movie
The Crying Child Madeline Jeffreys Television movie
1998 Biography Narrator Episode: "Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life"
1999 First Daughter Alex McGregor Television movie
2001 Becker Ruth Sanders 2 episodes
2002 Warning: Parental Advisory Tipper Gore Television movie
First Shot Alex McGregor Television movie
Crossing Jordan Lisa Fromer Episode: "Scared Straight"
2005 See Arnold Run Maria Shriver Television movie
2006 Between Truth and Lies Dr. Claire Parker Television movie
2007 Law & Order Ashley Jones Episode: "Remains of the Day"
2009 Eleventh Hour Mary Jo Episode: "Subway"
2012 Rise of the Zombies Dr. Lynn Snyder Television movie
2013 Running from Crazy Herself Television documentary; also producer
2015 The Prince Beverly Television movie
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 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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