Mariel Hemingway: Woody Allen Hoped to Seduce Me at 18

So she claims in new memoir
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2015 10:17 AM CDT
Mariel Hemingway: Woody Allen Hoped to Seduce Me at 18
Mariel Hemingway from the film "Running From Crazy," seen at Resorts West House of Luxury, on Jan. 21, 2013, in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Benjamin Cohen/Invision for Rand Luxury/AP Images)

When Mariel Hemingway was just 18, she starred as Woody Allen's girlfriend in 1979's Manhattan—and she reveals in an upcoming memoir that the director, then in his mid-40s, appeared to hope life would imitate art. "Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a kind of crush on me, though I dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women," she writes, recalling how Allen flew to visit her at her parents' Idaho home after the film wrapped and repeatedly invited her to Paris—a prospect that made her nervous.

She told her parents "I didn't know what the arrangement was going to be, that I wasn't sure if I was even going to have my own room. Woody hadn't said that. He hadn't even hinted it. But I wanted them to put their foot down," she writes. "They didn't. They kept lightly encouraging me." She finally realized "that I was an idiot. No one was going to get their own room. His plan, such as it was, involved being with me," she writes. Finally, she confronted him: "I'm not going to get my own room, am I?" she said, and then, “I can't go to Paris with you." He left the next morning. Out Came the Sun, excerpted in Fox News, is out April 7. (Read Woody Allen's candid comments about his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn.)

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