Actress Mariel Hemingway has a new memoir coming out, Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family. In the book, among other things, she recounts her relationship with filmmaker Woody Allen. Hemingway was 16-years-old when she played Woody Allen’s girlfriend in Manhattan. He was in his early 40s. In Out Came the Sun, Hemingway reveals that in real life, Allen invited her to go to Paris. “Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a kind of crush on me.”
Hemingway writes that she was disappointed that her parents didn’t intervene. When she told them about the Paris offer, they were impressed. She thought maybe they misunderstood. “I told them that that I didn’t know what the arrangement was going to be, that I wasn’t sure if I was even going to have my own room. Woody hadn’t said that. He hadn’t even hinted it. But I wanted them to put their foot down. They didn’t. They kept lightly encouraging me.” Luckily for Hemingway, she learned to overcome her family’s demons (alcoholism, suicide) and developed love and deep compassion for her troubled clan.