"It's a great heritage to be a part of. It comes with a tremendous creativity and visibility. It's a great entrée, a way to get in the door, but to stay in the room and play the game you've got to stand on your own two feet. Being a Hemingway is also daunting. People labeled me and my family as cursed. It's very hard to live under a shadow like that. I've spent most of my life worried I'd wake up crazy." Mariel Hemingway
A granddaughter of celebrated writer Ernest Hemingway, Mariel Hemingway made her first film at age 15 alongside her model/actress sister Margaux, playing on-screen siblings in the controversial exploitation classic film "Lipstick" (1976), which earned her a Best Newcomer nomination at the Golden Globes. She quickly rose to stardom after delivering an Academy Award-nominated performance as Woody Allen's 17-year-old love interest in her second film, "Manhattan" (1979).
The 5' 11" striking actress then starred in Robert Towne's "Personal Best" (1982), appeared in the April 1982 issue of Playboy, and had her breasts enlarged for the role of slain Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten in the biopic "Star 80" (1983). Her implants would later be removed in 2001 after one ruptured.
Hemingway also played significant roles in the films "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987), "Delirious" (1991), "Deconstructing Harry" (1997), "The Sex Monster" (1999), "The Contender" (2000), "Londinium" (2001) and "In Her Line of Fire" (2006). She will next be seen in an untitled David Lee Miller film project and "Chatham" (aka. "The Golden Boys"), Daniel Adams' romantic comedy set on Cape Cod in 1905 in which she will co-star with David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn and Charles Durning.
Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch her in the miniseries "Amerika" (1987) and the TV movie "See Arnold Run" (2005; as Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver). She was also a regular in the ABC legal drama "Civil Wars" (1991-1993) and the CBS soap opera "Central Park West" (1995).
Hemingway, who runs a yoga studio in Sun Valley, Idaho, has released two books, ''Finding My Balance'' (2002), a memoir which includes yoga & meditation routines, and ''Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman's Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life'' (2006). She is happily married to filmmaker and restaurateur Steven Douglas Crisman, who she married in 1984. They have two daughters, Dree and Langley.
Childhood and Family:
"It's an illustrious family. It’s a beautiful family. But it also comes with a load of baggage." Mariel Hemingway
On November 22, 1961, three months after the death of her grandfather, celebrated writer Ernest Hemingway (born on July 21, 1899; died on July 2, 1961), Mariel Hadley Hemingway was born in Mill Valley, California, to John Hadley Hemingway (aka. Jack Hemingway, a writer; born on October 10, 1923; died at age 76 on December 1, 2000, of complications following heart surgery) and Byra Louise Hemingway (died in 1989 of cancer). She was named after a Cuban fishing village that was a favorite spot of her father and grandfather. Her older sisters are Joan Hemingway (born in 1950) and Margaux Louise Hemingway (aka. Margaux Hemingway, actress; born on February 16, 1955; found dead in her apartment in California on July 1, 1996). When she was four, her family moved to Ketchum, Idaho, where she would spend her formative years. She also spent part of her adolescence growing up in New York and Los Angeles.
On December 9, 1984, Mariel married director and producer Stephen Crisman. They have two daughters, Langley Fox Crisman (born in August 1989) and Dree Louise Crisman (born in 1987). She currently runs a yoga studio in Sun Valley, Idaho.
"My daughters are super skinny. They try to eat well, but they are very controlling about their bodies. I can't make it wrong, because that's the way I was. I was obsessed with food and my body and even though I told them, 'This is not about you, this is my problem,' they still take that on. Neither of them takes drugs or drinks, so that's a blessing. With your kids you just have to keep communicating and admit where you failed, where you messed up." Mariel Hemingway
Finding My Balance
At age 15, Mariel Hemingway made her film acting debut in director Lamont Johnson's controversial exploitation classic film starring her sister Margaux, "Lipstick" (1976). In the film, the two real-life siblings play two on-screen sisters who avenge the teacher (played by Chris Sarandon) who brutally raped both of them. The performance of the younger Hemingway was nominated for a Best Newcomer at the Golden Globes.
The following year, Hemingway portrayed a 15-year-old pregnant girl in the Golden Globe-nominated CBS movie "I Want to Keep My Baby" (1977). Her second film, "Manhattan" (1979), a romantic comedy directed, co-written and starred in by Woody Allen, proved to be her breakthrough work when she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award at the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Awards.
Hemingway next played a lesbian athlete in writer/director Robert Towne's "Personal Best" (1982), which was connected to her appearing on the cover and in the April 1982 issue of Playboy. Afterward, she had her breasts enlarged for the role of slain Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten, who was murdered at age 20 by her estranged manager-husband (played by Eric Roberts), in the Bob Fosse directed "Star 80" (1983). Her implants would later be removed in 2001 after one ruptured.
Hemingway made her Off-Broadway stage debut at the Manhattan Theatre Club in "California Dog Fight" and was seen in a Dallas, Texas, production of "The Palace of Amateurs" (both in 1985). That same year, she co-starred with Kurt Russell in Phillip Borsos' film version of John Katzenbach's novel, "The Mean Season," and with Peter O'Toole in Ivan Passer's take on Jeremy Leven's novel, "Creator."
Hemingway became the owner/secretary for Clear Water Pictures in 1986 and subsequently had a featured role in the ABC Golden Globe-nominated miniseries "Amerika" (1987; starring Kris Kristofferson). In 1988 and 1989, she was nominated for Razzie's Worst Supporting Actress for her performance in ''Superman IV: The Quest for Peace'' (1987), the last of the Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, and as Cheryl King in Blake Edwards' western film ''Sunset'' (1988; alongside Bruce Willis and James Garner). After 30 films, Hemingway took a short break from acting to raise her two daughters and to write.
In 1991, she returned as divorce attorney Sydney Guilford in the ABC legal drama series "Civil Wars," in which she stayed until 1993 and was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama for her role. Meanwhile, she became a spokeswoman for John Paul Mitchell Systems hair products and showed off her comic abilities in Tom Mankiewicz's fantasy/comedy movie "Delirious" (1991).
After guest starred as a lesbian named Sharon in two episodes of the ABC sitcom "Roseanne," Hemingway was cast as a series regular in the CBS prime time television soap opera "Central Park West" (1995) and reunited with Woody Allen for a small role in his Oscar-nominated comedy "Deconstructing Harry" (1997). She would wrap up the decade with the titular portrayal of a woman whose husband (played by Mike Binder) encourages her to have a threesome in "Sex Monster" (1999), which was also written and directed by Binder. Her performance in the film later won her an Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film award from the L.A. Outfest.
Entering the new millennium, Hemingway had the pivotal role of Cynthia Charlton Lee in writer/director Rod Lurie's political thriller "The Contender" (2000; with Gary Oldman, Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges), for which she won the Alan J. Pakula Award at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards. In the following years, she teamed up again with Mike Binder to star in his romantic comedy film "Londinium" (2001) and made her feature directorial debut with "A Moveable Feast" (2003), based on the memoirs of her grandfather Ernest Hemingway.
Hemingway appeared in print ads for "Find Your Balance Festivals" in conjunction with Clairol's Natural Instincts hair color and for Tommy Holfiger during 2004 and 2005. Meanwhile, she portrayed real-life Maria Shriver, the journalist and wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, in A&E's biopic "See Arnold Run" (2005), and starred as a Secret Service agent in Brian Trenchard-Smith's "In Her Line of Fire" (2006; opposite David Keith).
Hemingway recently guest starred in an episode of NBC’s drama series "Law & Order" and has completed an untitled David Lee Miller's coming-of-age romantic film. She will soon be seen alongside Rip Torn, David Carradine and Bruce Dern in the upcoming film "Chatham" (aka. "The Golden Boys"), Daniel Adams' romantic comedy set in Cape Cod in 1905, which was inspired by Joseph C. Lincoln's novel. She revealed, "'The Golden Boys' is premiering at Sundance next year. It stars David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn and Charles Durning as old sea captains in 1905 on Cape Cod. I play a widow who answers their ad in the paper for a wife. They flip a coin to decide who's going to marry her."
While not acting, Hemingway, who runs a yoga studio in Sun Valley, Idaho, wrote and published her books, ''Finding My Balance'' (2002), a memoir that includes yoga & meditation routines, and ''Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman's Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life'' (2006).
Broadcast Film Critics Association: Alan J. Pakula Award, ''The Contender,'' 2001
L.A. Outfest: Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, ''The Sex Monster,'' 1999