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Mariel Hemingway runs from crazy at Sundance
"If people see that she's doing it and how she has constructed such a healthy, wonderful lifestyle, that they can do it, too," she said.
Mariel Hemingway also discusses the bad blood between her and Margaux, who starred in the 1976 film "Lipstick" and got Mariel a supporting role that launched her little sister's acting career. Critics were not kind about the performance of Margaux, who soon wound up in cheesy action and horror movies such as "Killer Fish." But Mariel received solid praise, earned an Oscar nomination three years later for Woody Allen's "Manhattan" and went on to star in such films as "Personal Best" and "Star 80."
The film includes a scene in which Mariel visits her grandfather's Idaho house and the room where he killed himself. She also stops by the graves of her parents, sister and grandfather, remarking sadly about the bottles of Jack Daniels that his fans leave on his gravestone.
The title comes from Hemingway's comment that she has spent her life "running from crazy," trying to escape what seemed a doomed legacy for herself and her two daughters, with whom she discusses the family history in the film.
"Some people are like, 'Wow, that's a heavy title.' Well, I don't see it as a heavy title. I'm like, 'Dude, thank God,'" Hemingway said. "Crazy's gone. Sometimes I'm running with crazy, but now it's a different kind of crazy. There's fun in my life and I'm joyful. But there was a time when I really was not. A time, my entire life, probably 40 years of really trying to not be something that I came from."