Mariel Hemingway On The Dark Side Of Her Family Heritage (VIDEO)

Actress and author Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of the legendary author Ernest Hemingway, comes from a family with an extensive history of mental illness, addiction and suicide. Because of that, she says she's made it her life's mission to promote mental, spiritual and physical health with her partner, Bobby Williams.

"Coming from a family of dysfunction, suicide -- seven suicides, that's a pretty powerful story," Oprah says in the above clip from "Super Soul Sunday" on OWN. "And you've said that your family is your karma. What did you mean by that?"

"Well, I really think the heritage of being a Hemingway, it's a big name," Hemingway says. "It carries a lot of weight. And I think with that comes tremendous creativity, love, fame, whatever -- but also with that comes the opposite. Because I think with darkness there is light. And so that darkness is that mental illness, that mental instability, that insecurity."

"Yes," Oprah says. "So in spite of, or maybe because of your family's history with suicide and addiction and mental illness, you decided -- made a decision -- which I think is the number one spiritual choice that people make. It's a decision, right?"

"Make a choice," Williams adds.

"Make a choice to find a better way," Oprah says.

"Right," Hemingway nods.

"Super Soul Sunday" airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on OWN. Hemingway's autobiographical documentary, "Running From Crazy" will air on OWN in early 2014.



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