The Straits Times
Published on Feb 07, 2013

Mariel Hemingway hopes new film will end her family's curse


LONDON (REUTERS) - Actress Mariel Hemingway hopes going public in a documentary about the curse that has plagued her family will finally dispel any mystery around their battles with addiction and raise awareness about mental illness.

For years, Hemingway ignored the drinking, addiction and mental illness that coursed through her family, leading several relatives to take their own lives.

Her grandfather Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel Prize-winning writer, killed himself in 1961 just months before she born.

Mirroring his own father's suicide, he shot himself.