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And when Margaux Hemingway took her own life on July 1 1996 -- one day before the 35th anniversary of her grandfather Ernest's own suicide -- she brought to a close a personal story whose arc of fame, glamour, and self-destruction bears uncanny parallels to her own family's history. It begins like a fairy tale: Margaux, the wide-eyed nineteen-year-old, is discovered in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel and only weeks later is named the face of Faberge's Babe perfume. She falls in love and marries. As the '70s explode into high gear, she gains notoriety as a member of the hard-living Studio 54 club set, and in 1976 seems poised for true superstardom when she is cast in the movie Lipstick, opposite her younger sister, Mariel.
It was not to be. The darkness that had claimed the lives of four other Hemingways in as many generations closed in. Panned in Lipstick while Mariel was praised, Margaux found herself embroiled in a bitter rivalry with her own sister, unable to reawaken a dead movie career, and on a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol that cost her the Faberge account and two marriages. Overcome by it all, she was hospitalized for severe depression. In these desperate last days, Margaux's youthful demons reemerged with a vengeance: she battled pervasive bulimia, suffered from bouts of epilepsy, and struggled with her alcohol problem.
An important cautionary tale of innocence lost-- a tale about the dangers of seeking fame and glamour, the pain of alcoholism and depression, and the price we ultimately pay when we find we must face our demons alone, American Girl delivers the inside story of this tragic family, from its heady successes to its deepest valleys, with previously unpublished photographs and astonishing revelations about Margaux and the entire Hemingway clan.
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