Mariel Hemingway was born into stardom. Her grandfather was the famous Ernest Hemingway, known for his literary brilliance, and she was nominated for an Oscar at only 16-years-old for her role in Woody Allan’s, “Manhattan”. However, her smile was not always one of happiness, but a cover-up for the pain and depression.
Hemingway opens up about her battles in a documentary titled, “Running from Crazy”, and the suicides that have haunted her family. In a recent interview with Mo Rocca, she lists the lengthy list of family members that chose to take their own lives. “Ernest’s father [Clarence] committed suicide; my grandfather, Ernest, committed suicide. My great-grandfather on my grandmother’s side. My great-uncle Leicester. My great-aunt Ursula. And my uncle [Gregory]. And then there is my sister,” she said.
She also described her home life and what it was like to live as a Hemingway. Her parents relationship was all but normal and the constant fighting had a tremendous impact on her. “I spent a lot of time outside hiking because my house wasn’t sane,” she said. “I didn’t feel like I was crazy, but I felt like I lived in crazy. You know, in the land of crazy.”
When she did remain home for the altercations, she described it as “nastiness”. “You know, they’d have one glass of wine and things were kind of happy. They were actually having a regular conversation. But after a couple glasses of wine, the alcohol kicked in. Nastiness would happen.”
The documentary also discusses her sisters Margaux and Muffet. Margaux overdosed at the age of 41 and Muffet is receiving psychiatric care after experiencing multiple psychotic breaks. Hemingway says she always thought her turn would come.
“You know what? I can honestly tell you for the first time in my life, the last four years, I do not think that some secret, dark night’s gonna come and, like, pounce on me, which I used to. For many, many years I thought, it’s my turn,” she said.
Hemingway admits that after all her struggles she is finally happy and has found who she is. “There’s that quote that it’s never too late to have a happy childhood,” Mariel said. “It’s really true. If you want to, you can recreate a life that is right for you. And that’s what I’ve done.”
“Running from Crazy” opens in select theaters on November 1.
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