Mariel Hemingway

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 received Academy and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979).

Mariel Hemingway
Hemingway in 2011
Mariel Hadley Hemingway

(1961-11-22) November 22, 1961
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materBoston University
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1976–present
Stephen Crisman
(m. 1984; div. 2009)
ChildrenDree Crisman
Langley Fox
Parent(s)Jack Hemingway
Byra Louise Whittlesey
RelativesErnest Hemingway
(paternal grandfather)
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.

Early life

Hemingway was born in Mill Valley, California,[1] the third daughter of Byra Louise (née Whittlesey) Hemingway (1922–1988) and Jack Hemingway (1923–2000), a writer.[2] Her sisters are Joan Hemingway (born 1950) and Margaux Hemingway (1954–1996). Margaux, who was an actress and model, 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 committed suicide four months before she was born. She was named for 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.[3][4][5]

In Personal Best (1982), she played a bisexual track-and-field athlete in a film noted for its lesbian 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.[6]

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 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.[7]

She is currently the host of Spiritual Cinema, a monthly television show dedicated to spiritual films. She has begun hosting a series of yoga practice videos Yoga Now, with guru Rodney Yee.[8]

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,[9] 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.[10]

Personal life

Hemingway married Stephen Crisman. Together, they had two daughters, Dree Hemingway and Langley Fox. They separated in 2008 and divorced the following year.[11][12]

As of early 2011, Hemingway was romantically linked with former stuntman Bobby Williams, with whom she has co-authored a self-help book.[13] In April 2015, Williams was described as Hemingway's partner.[14] She practices Transcendental Meditation.[14][15]

In a 2013 television documentary film, Running from Crazy,[16] Hemingway, then 51, talked of her bouts of mental illness and her still lingering issues with her siblings.[17][18] 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.)[17][18] She also made claims that her parents' marriage was abusive and unhappy, and about abusive incidents in her childhood.[lower-alpha 1][17][18]


Year Title Role Notes
1976LipstickKathy McCormickNominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1976I Want to Keep My BabySue Ann CunninghamTelevision movie
1979ManhattanTracyNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1982Personal BestChris Cahill
1983Star 80Dorothy Stratten
1985The Mean SeasonChristine Connelly
1987AmerikaKimberly Ballard2 episodes
1987Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceLacy WarfieldNominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1988Steal the SkyHelen MasonTelevision movie
1988SunsetCheryl KingNominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1991DeliriousJanet Dubois/Louise
1991Tales from the CryptMiranda SingerEpisode: "Loved to Death"
1991–93Civil WarsSydney Guilford36 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
1992Falling from GraceAlice Parks
1993Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone StoryCathy MahoneTelevision movie
1993The Hidden RoomJane StarkEpisode: "Stark in Love"
1994–95RoseanneSharon2 episodes
1995Central Park WestStephanie Wells13 episodes
1995Deceptions II: Edge of Deception
1995Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Mariel Hemingway/Blues Traveler"
1996Bad MoonJanet
1997Deconstructing HarryBeth Kramer
1997Road EndsKat
1998Little MenJo Baer
1999The Sex MonsterLaura Barnes
1999First DaughterAlex McGregorTelevision movie
1999American ReelDisney Rifkin
1999Kiss of a StrangerNova ClarkeTelevision movie
2000The ContenderCynthia Charlton Lee
2001First ShotAlex McGregor
2001PerfumeLesse Hotton
2001BeckerRuth Sanders2 episodes
2002Crossing JordanLisa FromerEpisode: "Scared Straight"
2002Warning: Parental AdvisoryTipper GoreTelevision movie
2005See Arnold RunMaria ShriverTelevision movie
2006In Her Line of FireLynn Delaney
2006Between Truth and LiesDr. Claire Parker
2007NankingMinnie Vautrin
2007Law & OrderAshley JonesEpisode: "Remains of the Day"
2008The Golden BoysMartha
2008My SuicideCharlotte Silver
2010Ay Lav YuPamela
2012Rise of the ZombiesDr. Lynn SnyderTelevision movie
2013Running from CrazyHerselfTelevision documentary
2014UnityHerself (as Narrator)Documentary
2015Papa: Hemingway in CubaWoman Guest
2016Finding FortuneMadisonTelevision movie


  • --- (2002). Finding My Balance: A Memoir (1st ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-3807-9 |url= missing title (help).
  • --- (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.


  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."[16]


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  8. "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
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    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.
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