Mariel Hemingway

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Mariel Hemingway
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Hemingway in 2011
BornMariel Hadley Hemingway
(1961-11-22) November 22, 1961 (age 53)
Mill Valley, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Stephen Crisman (1984–2009)
ChildrenDree Crisman
Langley Crisman
Parent(s)Jack Hemingway
Byra Louise Whittlesey
RelativesErnest Hemingway (grandfather)
Margaux Hemingway (sister)
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Mariel Hemingway
Mariel Hemingway headshot, free use.jpg
Hemingway in 2011
BornMariel Hadley Hemingway
(1961-11-22) November 22, 1961 (age 53)
Mill Valley, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Stephen Crisman (1984–2009)
ChildrenDree Crisman
Langley Crisman
Parent(s)Jack Hemingway
Byra Louise Whittlesey
RelativesErnest 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.

Early life[edit]

Hemingway was born[2] in Mill Valley, California, the third daughter of Byra Louise (née Whittlesey; January 5, 1922 – June 24, 1988) Hemingway 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 is from her paternal grandmother.

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 Globes Award that year.

Hemingway's most famous role was 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 (within the film she is said to be 17), she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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.[4]

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. It was released in a very rough edit with unfinished visual effects in a November 2006 deluxe edition DVD and as part of The Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition. She also co-starred in the 1991–93 ABC series Civil Wars. 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.[5]

Hemingway has a perfume, "Mariel", by H2O+.

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.[6]

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,[7] 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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2008, Hemingway announced via her web site's blog that she had separated earlier in the year from her husband Stephen Crisman, to whom she had been married since December 9, 1984.[9] She and Crisman had two daughters together, model Dree Crisman (born 1987) and Langley Crisman (born 1989).[10]

As of early 2011, Hemingway has been romantically linked with former stuntman Bobby Williams, with whom she has co-authored several self-help books.[11]


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"
1991–1993Civil 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"
1994–1995RoseanneSharon2 episodes
1995Central Park WestStephanie Wells13 episodes
1995Deceptions II: Edge of Deception
1996Bad MoonJanet
1997Deconstructing HarryBeth Kramer
1997Little MenJo Baer
1999The Sex MonsterLaura Barnes
1999First DaughterAlex McGregorTelevision movie
1999American ReelDisney Rifkin
2000The ContenderCynthia Charlton Lee
2001First ShotAlex McGregor
2001PerfumeLesse Hotton
2001BeckerRuth Sanders2 episodes
2002Crossing JordanLisa FromerEpisode: "Scared Straight"
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 CrazyHerself



  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. ^ Hemingway, Mariel. Finding My Balance. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Jay (May 1, 2007). "Fame & Fortune: Mariel Hemingway". Bankrate. Accessed August 27, 2009.
  6. ^ "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 
  7. ^ Mariel Hemingway Bio - Hemingway Family - Town & Country Magazine
  8. ^ Actress Mariel Hemingway honored with humanitarian award at San Diego Film Festival - KGTV ABC10 San Diego
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Mariel Hemingway – Biography
  11. ^ Strobel, Mike. "The moon also rises on Mariel Hemingway". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 

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