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Mariel Hadley Hemingway (born November 22, 1961) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated American actress.
Hemingway was born in Mill Valley, California, the daughter of Byra Louise (née Whittlesey) and Jack Hemingway, a writer. Her paternal grandfather was writer Ernest Hemingway and her sister was Margaux Hemingway; she never met her grandfather, as he committed suicide several months before she was born. She was named after the Cuban port of Mariel—a village that her father and grandfather visited regularly as sportsmen to fish. Her middle name was after her paternal grandmother, Ernest’s first wife Hadley Richardson. Hemingway grew up primarily in Ketchum, Idaho, where her father lived, and where her paternal grandfather also spent a great deal of time as a sportsman and writer. Mariel also spent part of her adolescence growing up in New York and Los Angeles.
Hemingway’s first role was with her sister Margaux in the 1976 film Lipstick. The movie was not considered especially good, but Mariel did receive notice for the quality of her acting, and she was nominated as “Best Newcomer” for the Golden Globes Award that year. Hemingway’s most famous role was in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, in which she plays Allen’s high school lover. Only 16 during filming, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
In the 1982 movie Personal Best, she played a bisexual athlete in a movie 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, including the cover. In 1983, she starred as Dorothy Stratten in Star 80, 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 Fashionably Late with Stacy London, she said she had the surgery before Star 80 came up. Her implants were removed years later after they had ruptured. Hemingway was also featured in the Golan-Globus’ Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as Lacy Warfield. Her role was expanded upon in newly discovered deleted footage, which was shown in a very rough edit with unfinished visual effects and was released on DVD in November 2006 as a Deluxe Edition and as part of The Ultimate Superman Collection.
Hemingway has played a lesbian or bisexual woman in several films and television shows, including Personal Best, “In Her Line Of Fire” (2005), “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (2002), an episode of the sitcom Roseanne in which she kissed Roseanne Barr (a role she reprised in the episode “December Bride”) , an episode of Crossing Jordan, and The Sex Monster, but the actress is not gay. Hemingway has said she formed a “big connection with the gay and lesbian community” after Personal Best and enjoys taking roles in “cutting-edge” productions. Hemingway made fun of her reputation for lesbian roles during a 1995 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she kissed visibly discomfited new female cast members during her opening monologue as host.
She has a perfume, “Mariel”, by H2O+.
She is currently the host of Spiritual Cinema, a monthly show dedicated to spiritual-based films.
Hemingway had been married since December 9, 1984 to writer and director Stephen Crisman, but recently divorced. They have two daughters: Dree (b. 1987) and Langley (b. 1989).