Mariel Hemingway:
• Born in 1961 in Mill Valley, California
• Nominated for Golden Globe Award, Young Artist Award, and BAFTA Award for her role in the movie "Manhattan" (1979)
• Nominated for Golden Globe Award for her role in the TV series "Civil Wars" (1991-1993)
• Has 2 daughters with former husband Stephen Crisman
• Founded a foundation focused on helping people with mental health issues
• Net worth estimated at over $12 million

Who is Mariel Hemingway?

She rose to prominence, and is still perhaps known best as Tracy in the 1979 movie “Manhattan”. This role brought Mariel Hemingway accolades, including the Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Mariel has also been nominated for the Young Artist Award-Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

All about her career and life, where is she now, and what she is doing, you will find out by reading this article. Well, let’s begin from the start.

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Early life, family, and education

She was born Mariel Hadley Hemingway under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius on 22 November 1961, in Mill Valley, California USA, the third daughter of famous writer Jack Hemingway and his first wife Byra Louise Whittlesey. Mariel’s sisters are Joan and Margot, the latter better known by her stage name Margaux, who was also an actress and a supermodel, but who died in 1996 from a phenobarbital overdose.

Speaking of her family, Mariel’s paternal grandfather was Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, and Mariel was named after the Cuban village that her father and grandfather often visited to go fishing. She spent most of her childhood in Ketchum, Idaho.

When it comes to her educational background, she attended a local high school in Los Angeles, California. Upon matriculating in 1979, she enrolled at Boston University, from which she graduated with a BA degree in 1983.

Roles in movies

Mariel made her acting debut as Kathy McCormick in the 1976 movie “Lipstick”, which starred her sister Margaux. For her performance in this crime drama, Mariel was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture – Female.

Later that year, Mariel was cast to play the lead role as Sue Ann Cunnigham in the TV movie “I Want to Keep My Baby!” a drama about a 15-year-old girl who decides to keep her baby despite the insistence of her boyfriend to choose abortion; it was nominated for the Golden Globe- Best Motion Picture Made for Television.

Three years later, Mariel was seen starring opposite Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in the romantic comedy-drama “Manhattan”, playing her most notable role to date. As mentioned, she played Tracy, a high school student who was a lover of a divorced television writer, played by Woody Allen, who also wrote and directed this movie. The movie had 40 award nominations and won 16, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film.

Mariel was next seen in the 1982 movie “Personal Best”, in which she played  bisexual athlete Chris Cahill, which although had no nominations, was well-rated by the audience and noted for its love scenes, especially depicting same-sex.

In the following year, Mariel was seen starring as Dorothy in the biographical drama “Star 80” based on the article “Death of a Playmate”, the story of a successful Playboy model whose manager and later husband becomes dangerously jealous.

There were some rumors that Mariel underwent breast surgery for this role, however, she denied this, although she received implants shortly before the shooting, which she had removed years later because they had ruptured.

Mariel followed with roles in the 1985 movies “The Mean Season” and “Creator”, and two years later, she was cast to play Lacy Warfield in “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”, starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, and Margot Kidder. Her performance in the movie brought Mariel the Razzie Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actress.

It seems that this ‘bad luck’ followed Mariel in her next movie, entitled “Sunset”, which also brought her the Razzie Award nomination-Worst Supporting Actress in 1988. Next, Mariel was seen in “The Suicide Club” (1988), which was also poorly rated by the audience.

The early ‘90s saw Mariel in a few TV movies, concurrently playing on the big screen in movies such as “Falling from Grace” (1992) and “Bad Moon” (1996), however, it seemed that her acting career was going down since neither of these movies achieved notable success.

In 1999, Mariel got back in the saddle, as Laura Barnes in the comedy “Sex Monster”, which followed the story of a man who asks his wife to join him in a menage-a-trois, which she accepted, and loved it. Mariel won the L. A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film.

The 2000s saw Mariel in the two-time Oscar-nominated “The Contender”, starring Joan Allen and Jess Bridges, who were both nominated for the Academy Awards (Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role), while Mariel shares with the rest of the crew the Broadcast Film Critics Association- Alan J. Pakula Award.

Mariel was seen in numerous films over the next decade, and has over 60 acting credits to her name. It would take too long to list all of her roles, so we will highlight some of her most recognizable, such as “American Reel” (2003), “Nanking” (2007), and “My Suicide” (2009).Also worth mentioning are her roles in “Rise of the Zombies” (2012), “Lap Dance” (2014), and “The Wall of Mexico” (2019).

Most recently, Mariel was seen as Chris in the 2021 movie “Grace and Grit”, a biographical drama about Ken and Treya Wilber, their eternal love, transcendence, and courage which Ken Wilber chronicled in his book “Grace and Grit”. The movie had no nominations but the audience loved it.

Roles in series

Mariel made her first television series appearance as Kimberly Ballard in the 1987 TV mini-series “Amerika”, an action drama, which was nominated for three Primetime Emmy awards. Next, she guest-starred in an episode of the series “Tales from the Crypt” in 1991.

From 1991 through 1993, Mariel was seen as Sydney Guilford in 36 episodes of the drama series “Civil Wars”, starring opposite Peter Onorati, which followed the story of two top divorce attorneys in New York City. Mariel was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

Mariel’s notable television role came in the 1995 series “C. P. W.”, as Stephanie Wells in 15 episodes of this drama that followed the story of ambitious New Yorkers who are not afraid to go against each other when it comes to power, passion, and money.

Mariel followed by her role as Ruth Saunders in two episodes of the series “Becker” in 2001.

The following years saw her in an episode of the series “Crossing Jordan” (2002), “Law & Order” (2007), and “Eleventh Hour” (2009), which was her most recent television appearance.

Love life, relationships, and daughters

As a young actress, with her long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, Mariel was considered a sex symbol during the early ‘80s. Perhaps this was the reason she has been the subject of numerous rumors concerning her love life; her sexual orientation was also questioned, but Mariel hasn’t spoken about these assumptions.

It’s known that she was in a relationship with actor Chad McQueen in 1979, and Mariel also dated screenwriter Robert Towne in 1981.

She was married to Stephen Crisman, a documentary filmmaker, from 1984 to 2008, and they have two daughters together, Dree and Langley. Dree is a model and actress best known for her role in the film “Starlet” in 2012. Langley is also an actress, model, and artist, who goes by the middle name Langley Fox. She is most well-known for her work with the model agency Next Management.

After her divorce, sometime in 2011 Mariel began a relationship with Bobby Williams, a former stuntman, and the two are still together as of December 2022.

What is she doing today?

Mariel is devoted to her foundation, whose main goal is to assist patients in navigating their mental illness by providing the most convenient access to qualified practitioners, treatments, and technologies. For the past 20-plus years, Mariel worked in the mental health and wellness world, and she has founded her self-titled foundation as a resource navigator, to help people in need find the right solution for their problems.

Mariel has her own website, and she is also active on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. She uses social media platforms to emphasize the importance of seeking help when feeling depressed, anxious, or lonely.

Net worth

This 61-year-old actress has appeared in a number of films which have been widely popular. If you have wondered how rich Mariel is, according to sources as of late 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $12 million.


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