Mariel Hemingway is an American Golden Globe–nominated actress best known for her role in the movie, "Lipstick." She has received Academy and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in Woody Allen's 1979 motion picture, "Manhattan."
Named for the Cuban port of Mariel which her father and grandfather often visited, she was born Mariel Hadley Hemingway in Mill Valley, California on November 22, 1960, the third daughter of writer Jack Hemingway and Byra Louise Whittlesey-Hemingway. The grand-daughter of famed author Ernest Hemingway, her sisters are Joan Hemingway and Margaux Hemingway. She grew up primarily in Ketchum, Idaho, where her father lived and Ernest had spent time as a sportsman and writer.
Beginning her acting career at the age of 14, when she starred in "Lipstick" with her sister, Margeaux, she went on to have leading roles in "Personal Best" and "Star 80," as well as in the TV mini-series "Civil Wars," for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She received another Golden Globe Award for her role in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" in 1979, a romantic comedy. At 16, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In "Personal Best," she played a bisexual track-and-field athlete in a film noted for its explicit lesbian love scenes. In connection with the movie, she appeared on the cover and in a nude pictorial in the April 1982 issue of Playboy Magazine.
In 1983, she starred in "Star 80" about the life and murder of Playboy model Dorothy Stratten. Her following movies included Delirious, "Falling from Grace," "Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story," "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" with Margot Kidder and "The Crying Child." During "Delirious," she became close friends with her co-star, John Candy. On December 9, 1984, she married Stephen Crisman; the two of them had two daughters, Dree, who was born in 1987, and Langley, who was born in 1989). She went on to make rare appearances on TV in "Tales from the Crypt," "Central Park West" and "Roseanne" where she played a lesbian. She also played a lesbian or bisexual woman in films and television shows, such as "Personal Best," "The Sex Monster" and "In Her Line of Fire." Although she has openly confessed to not being lesbian, she is highly regarded by the gay and lesbian community. In 1996, her sister, Margaux, died from a barbiturate overdose at the age of forty-two, an event which touched off her interest in spirituality. She divorced Crisman, her husband of almost twenty years in 2013. In Early 2011, she became romantically linked with former stuntman Bobby Williams, with whom she co-authored several self-help books.
Amid personal mental health struggles, Hemingway departed from the Hollywood spotlight and starred in and co-produced videos about yoga and holistic living, becoming involved in Transcendental Meditation. She published a memoir, “Finding My Balance”, in 2002, and another, "Out Came the Sun," in 2015. She also became the host of "Spiritual Cinema," a monthly television show dedicated to spiritual films as well as hosting "Yoga Now," a series of yoga practice videos with guru Rodney Yee.
Hemingway also worked on the 2013 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. She spoke of her family's struggles with alcoholism, mental illnesses and suicide. She also described how her sister Margaux's suicide continued to haunt her. She also revealed that her parents' marriage being abusive and unhappy and about abusive incidents in her childhood. She received a humanitarian award from the San Diego Film Festival for her role in the documentary.
In her 2015 memoir, "Out Came The Sun," Hemingway revealed when she was 18 that Woody Allen attempted to begin a sexual relationship with her shortly after "Manhattan" was completed, and she had rebuffed his advances.
She has since appeared in the movies "Rise of the Zombies," "Man Camp," "Lap Dance," "Papa Hemingway in Cuba" and "Finding Fortune." She has made further TV appearances in "Becker," "Crossing Jordan," "Celebrity Ghost Stories," "Law And Order," "Doctor Oz" and "Eleventh Hour."