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Mariel Hadley Hemingway

Birthplace: Mill Valley, Marin County, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John "Jack" Hadley Nicanor Hemingway and Byra (Puck) Louise Hemingway
Wife of Private
Mother of Private; Private and Private
Sister of Joan "Muffet" Hemingway and Margaux Louise Hemingway

Occupation: Actress, Businessperson, Writer
Managed by: Caitlin Daniell Clark
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About Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hadley Hemingway (born November 22, 1961) is an American actress and writer.

Hemingway was born in Mill Valley, California, the third daughter of Byra Louise (née Whittlesey) Hemingway and John 'Jack' Hadley Nicanor Hemingway, a writer. Her sisters are Joan Hemingway (born 1950) and Margaux Louise Hemingway (born 1954). Margaux, who became an actress and model, died of a barbiturate overdose in 1996 at age 42.

Her paternal grandfather was writer Ernest Hemingway, whom she never met, 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 had also spent a great deal of time as a sportsman and writer. Mariel also spent part of her adolescence growing up in New York City, New York, and Los Angeles, California.

Hemingway's first role was with her sister Margaux in the film Lipstick (1976). 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 (1979), a romantic comedy in which she plays Allen's high school-aged lover. Only sixteen during filming, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In Personal Best (1982), she played a bisexual 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, including 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 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 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's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) 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 Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition. She also co-starred in the 1991-93 ABC series Civil Wars.

Hemingway has played a lesbian or bisexual woman in several films and television shows, including:

Personal Best

an episode of the television situation comedy Roseanne "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (1994) in which she kissed Roseanne Barr (a role she reprised in the episode "December Bride" (1995))

the comedy film The Sex Monster (1999)

an episode of Crossing Jordan, the 2000s television crime/drama series

the film In Her Line of Fire (2005)

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. Hemingway made fun of her reputation for lesbian roles during a 1995 appearance on Saturday Night Live — the weekly late-night sketch comedy and variety show — when she kissed visibly discomfited new female cast members during her opening monologue as host.

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

She is currently the host of Spiritual Cinema[6], a monthly television show dedicated to spiritual-based films. She has recently begun hosting a series of yoga practice videos Yoga Now, with guru Rodney Yee.

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Mariel Hemingway's Timeline

November 22, 1961
Mill Valley, Marin County, CA, United States