Mariel Hemingway Curse; Mental Health Issues Plaguing Famous Family

By iScienceTimes Staff on January 22, 2013 11:08 AM EST

Mariel Hemingway Curse
Mariel Hemingway believes her family is cursed by alcoholism and mental illness. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Mariel Hemingway's curse is similar to the curse she believes ruined the life of her grandfather, literary legend Ernest Hemingway. It's a mental health issue, she told CNN, that is behind the Hemingway curse. Mariel Hemingway's curse is the subject of a new documentary, "Running From Crazy," that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.

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"Knowing that there's so much suicide and so much mental illness in my family, I've always kind of been 'running from crazy,' worried that one day I'd wake up and be in the same position," Mariel Hemingway said.

Mariel Hemingway's curse is explored in the film, which focuses on the causes of suicide and how it impacts victim's families. Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in 1961, a few months before Mariel was born. He had grown increasingly paranoid over money and his ailing health, and was being investigated by the FBI because of his ties to Cuba. His friends believe the investigation was a factor in his suicide.

"Suicide has no rhyme or reason," Mariel Hemingway told CNN. "Some people think about it for years and plan it. Some people, it's 20 dark minutes of their life that they decide to take their life that comes out of the blue. It's very random, it's very frightening."

Mariel Hemingway's curse isn't just about her grandfather's famous suicide. Seven members of the Hemingway family, including Mariel's sister Margaux, have committed suicide. Mariel Hemingway's family curse extends to mental health issues beyond depression and suicide, and she reveals in the film that her father sexually abused both her sisters throughout their childhood. She believes she was spared the abuse because she shared a bed with her mother. She believes her father was a severe alcoholic, another aspect of Mariel Hemingway's curse, and he may not have remembered much of his behavior.

Mariel Hemingway's curse has spared her, so far. She admits to struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression throughout her life, but now feels healthy and balanced thanks to a life dedicated to physical and mental wellness. Her website features tips on how to stay physically and mentally healthy.

"It's amazing to me that I'm not sad anymore, and that I don't worry and that I don't fear," she said.

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