Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hemingway hopes two memoirs will shed light on taboo topics

BY JOCELYN NOVECK | ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Many people remember Mariel Hemingway best from her portrayal of the sweet teenager Tracy in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” where she delivered the film’s uplifting closing line, a reminder that “You have to have a little faith in people.”

But Hemingway herself, then only 16, was living a life with much darkness in it; her family was plagued by alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness. And suicide: seven of her family members have taken their own lives, including her famous grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, in 1961, and sister Margaux, the former supermodel, in 1996.

Hemingway, now 53, has written two new memoirs, “Out Came the Sun” and a young-adult version, “Invisible Girl,” in which she frankly recounts her family’s struggles. The books, she says, are an effort to shine a light on subjects still taboo in our culture. She sat down with The Associated Press to discuss the new books; the interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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