Mariel Hemingway has a lot to say about the pain of being a Hemingway.
Regan Arts announced Monday that the actress has a memoir and young adult novel coming in April. The memoir is called "Out Came the Sun" and has the sobering subtitle "Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide In My Family."
As noted by the publisher, seven members of the Hemingway family have committed suicide over the past four generations, notably author Ernest Hemingway, Mariel's grandfather.
Mariel Hemingway, known to many as Woody Allen's young love interest in "Manhattan," will offer "never-before-told stories" about her life and career, including experiences with "world-class" filmmakers and actors.
The novel is called "Invisible Girl" and is based on her childhood.
Sting's Broadway play to end
Sting is going down with his ship. Producers said early Tuesday that the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter's Broadway musical "The Last Ship" will close when he leaves the show Jan. 24. Sting, who wrote the songs, jumped into the show in December, playing a shipyard foreman who had been played by Jimmy Nail. While that improved sales, they didn't skyrocket. On the eve of joining the cast onstage, the singer acknowledged his show faced tough odds: "This was never going to be easy. I didn't anticipate a shoo-in at all. I expected a battle because I want to succeed against the odds."
SPLIT: The marriage of Nicholas Sparks appears headed for an unhappy ending. Spokeswoman Jill Fritzo confirmed Tuesday that the bestselling author and screenwriter had separated from his wife of 25 years, Cathy. Sparks, 49, said in a statement issued through Fritzo that the decision was not "made lightly" and that he and his wife "remain close friends." Sparks is known for blending romance and sadness in such novels as "The Notebook" and "The Wedding."
FAREWELL: Francesca Hilton, the daughter of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton, has died in Los Angeles at age 67. Publicist Edward Lozzi said she was pronounced dead Monday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after an apparent heart attack and stroke. Hilton in recent years battled stepfather Frederik von Anhalt over control of her mother's finances, with a judge at one point ordering Von Anhalt to allow Hilton to visit Gabor. Gabor is now 97 and requires round-the-clock care.