Mariel Hemingway was born in Mill valley California, November 22 1961.
She became an actress at the age of 13 starring In Lipstick with her sister Margaux. She continued her career landing a huge role in Woody Allen’s film Manhattan in which she received an academy award nomination. She has worked with such talented directors as Bob Fosse (Star 80) Robert Towne (Personal Best) and Rod Lurie (The Contender).
She has starred in television shows such as Civil Wars a Steven Bochco production in which she played a divorce lawyer. In the highly acclaimed and controversial law show she also received a Golden globe nomination. She played a Secret Service agent one of the highest rated cable movies, First Daughter for TBS.
Mariel has never been one to shy away from a challenging or titillating role. She was in the highly publicized episode of Roseanne where they kissed. She has played a normal housewife turned comic sex fiend in her role in the HBO comedy “The Sex Monster”. The film won best film at the Aspen Comedy festival and Mariel herself was nominated for best actress for her hilarious comic portrayal. She also played a role written expressly for her by Larry McCMurtry called Falling From Grace where she played the strong and grounded wife of a cheating rock star played and directed by John Mellencamp. These are just a few of the more than 30 film and TV projects she has done over the years.
What Mariel finds as her most significant role is that of a mother and wife. Her family has been the focus of her life and why she has made fewer films than another actress of her caliber might normally. She took years to be a “hands on mom.” While her career was quiet she devoted herself to Hatha and Kriya yoga and caring for her family. Since she has now decided to work more publicly she has released a yoga memoir called Finding My Balance. It is an introspective view of her personal growth. She shares honestly about her life and her journey towards finding balance in her less than balanced Hemingway family. She uses her knowledge of yoga as a metaphor for discovering herself and a means to make sense of her painful childhood and the difficult challenges she still encounters today. Although the stories can be sad there is great humor to her journey giving her book a fluid, fun and inspirational read. She feels her book is a way to show others how she moves through her pain, both past and present, with the practice of yoga and mediation hoping to inspire them towards their own self-discovery.
Mariel’s passion is Hatha and Kriya yoga and devotion to her Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. She wants to write more books and sees that her future lies in spreading the message of yoga in a tangible “liveable” way. She sees that you can parent children through the eyes of a spiritual practice. She now tours the country giving inspirational talks on that and the “Practice of Being Present.” She has recently produced a yoga video for beginners available through HSN in the summer of 2003.
Included in her many ventures, she is also directing and producing a film based on her grandfather’s book A Moveable Feast. This is a project she has nurtured for years and it will be heartfelt journey filming the lives of her grandfather and father in 1920’s Paris. Billy Bob Thornton is her producing partner. They will begin production in the summer and fall of 2003 in Europe.
Mariel lives with her husband of 19 years Stephen Crisman (a documentary film maker) and their daughters Dree Louise(15 years old) and Langley Fox Crisman (13 years old). They split their time between southern California and Sun Valley Idaho where she also owns and runs a yoga studio called the Sacred Cow.
Books:Invisible Girl, April 2015
Out Came The Sun, April 2015
Running with Nature, June 2014
The WillingWay, April 2013
Mariel's Kitchen, May 2009
Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out, January 2007