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Name: Margaux Hemingway                                                                   
Birth name: Margot Louise Hemingway                                                       
Born: 16 February 1955 Portland, Oregon                                                   
Died: 1 July 1996 Santa Monica, California                                                 
Margaux Louise Hemingway (February 16, 1955 – July 1, 1996) was an American             
model and film actress who appeared in several movies. She was born in Portland,           
Oregon, the sister of actress Mariel Hemingway and the granddaughter of writer             
Ernest Hemingway. In addition to Mariel Hemingway, she had another sister, Joan.           
She grew up on her grandfather's farm in Ketchum, Idaho.                                   
Hemingway was named for the wine, Château Margaux, which her parents, Puck and           
Jack Hemingway (the son of Ernest), were drinking the night she was conceived.             
In later years, after giving up drinking alcohol, she spelled her name Margot.             
She struggled with a variety of disorders in addition to alcoholism, including             
bulimia and epilepsy. She allowed a video recording to be made of a therapy               
session related to her bulimia and it was broadcast on television. Due to                 
dyslexia, she did not read many of the books her famous grandfather wrote. She             
once said, "I am not a Hemingway aficionado". In an E! True Hollywood Story that           
profiled Hemingway's life, her mentor and close friend Zachary Selig discussed             
how he helped launch Hemingway's early career with his initial marketing and               
public relations work as she became a global celebrity, and he introduced her to           
yoga and the Solar Kundalini "Codex Relaxatia" paradigm as tools for success and           
to overcome some of her debilitating mental disorders. Selig and Hemingway spent           
time together with the Hemingway family at their property in Ketchum, Idaho               
adjacent to Sun Valley, where they studied Solar Kundalini and meditation                 
Six feet tall, Hemingway experienced success as a model, including a million-dollar       
contract for Fabergé as the spokesmodel for Babe perfume in the 1970s. She lost           
the contract due to her unflattering image as a perpetually drunk typical model           
at Studio 54. She also appeared on the covers of Vogue and Time magazines.                 
She appeared in the 1976 movie Lipstick alongside her sister Mariel. The bad               
reviews of her performance were made worse by the critics' adoration of 14-year-old       
Her first marriage, to Errol Wetson, ended in divorce. They met when, at 19, she           
accompanied her father to the Plaza Hotel in New York City on a business trip,             
and four months later she moved from Idaho to New York City to share Wetson's             
apartment. On the rebound, she married Venezuelan Bernard Foucher, and they               
lived in Paris for a year. She also divorced him in 1985 after six years, and             
the end of the marriage left her feeling suicidal. Like her grandfather, she               
experienced occasional bouts of clinical depression all through her life. After           
a skiing accident in 1984, she gained 75 pounds and became more and more                   
depressed. In 1987, she checked into the Betty Ford Center. In 1994, she went to           
a psychiatric hospital in Idaho to recover from a depressive cycle.                       
Hemingway experienced familial dramas throughout her life. Her relationship with           
her mother, Puck, was fraught with tension, but they did reconcile prior to Puck's         
death from cancer in 1988. She also experienced intense competition with Mariel,           
her younger sister and a more famous actress. In the 1990s, Hemingway went                 
forward with allegations that her godfather had molested her as a child, and her           
father, Jack, and stepmother, Angela, resented the allegations and stopped                 
speaking to her. Angela told People magazine, "Jack and I did not talk to her             
for two years. She constantly lies. The whole family won't have anything to do             
with her. She's nothing but an angry woman."                                               
She supported herself later in life by autographing her nude photos from Playboy           
magazine, and endorsing a psychic telephone hotline. She enjoyed yoga and                 
meditation. The last year of her life, she was looking forward to hosting the             
outdoor adventure series "Wild Guide" on the Discovery Channel.                           
On July 1, 1996, the day before the 35th anniversary of her grandfather's                 
suicide, Hemingway was found dead in her studio apartment in Santa Monica,                 
California at age 41. She had taken an overdose of phenobarbital, according to             
the Los Angeles County coroner's findings one month later. Though her death was           
ruled a suicide, Mariel Hemingway long disputed this finding. Mariel's husband,           
Steve Crisman, said, "This was the best I'd seen her in years. She had gotten             
herself back together." On a December 22, 2005 edition of Larry King Live,                 
however, Mariel said she now accepts the fact that Margaux committed suicide.             
Her remains were cremated and Margaux was inurned in the Hemingway family plot             
in the Ketchum Cemetery in Ketchum, Idaho.