- Mo Rocca | CBS News
Mariel Hemingway (credit: CBS News)

Mariel Hemingway (credit: CBS News)

(CBS NEWS) – Mariel Hemingway earned an Oscar nomination for her role in Woody Allen’s 1979 film “Manhattan,” shot when she was just 16 years old. Now she’s appearing in a documentary about a real-life family matter, one she discusses with Mo Rocca:

She is, she explained to CBS News’ Mo Rocca, often confused for other actresses.

“I get Brooke Shields often; I think that’s the eyebrow connection,” Mariel Hemingway said. “”I get Michelle Pfeiffer — that, I always love. I get Heidi Klum, and I get Christie Brinkley.”

“You’re getting all great people,” said Rocca.

“I get very good people. I’m, like, ‘Yes. Life is good!'”

Well, actually, if you’re Mill Valley-born Mariel Hemingway, life is pretty great. At 51, she’s raised two successful daughters, she still looks terrific, and here at the California home she shares with her boyfriend Bobby Williams, she’s found time to pick up plenty of new passions: Climbing trees . . . boxing . . . tightrope walking. What’s next? Walking on hot coals?

“My ability to grasp the joy of life is so strong right now,” she said.

It’s the same youthful spirit that captivated us back when she was 16, when the grand-daughter of literary master Ernest Hemingway got her big break — and an Oscar nomination — in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan.”

Other acting roles followed, such as “Personal Best” and “Star 80.”

Now she has a new — and more personal — project, exploring her famous family’s haunting history.

In the new documentary, “Running From Crazy,” she talks about the pain of growing up a Hemingway — and the string of suicides in her family.

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