Oscar-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway will headline this year's Center for HOPE Luncheon on April 8 in Darien. In addition to talking about her experiences in Hollywood, Hemingway will discuss her struggles of growing up in a famous family. The event will take place at 11 a.m. at the Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Ave.

Hemingway is best known for roles in such films as "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," "Personal Best" and Woody Allen's "Manhattan," for which she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1979. She is the author of several self-help books.

In her new memoir, "Out Came The Sun," Hemingway shares in candid detail the story of her troubled childhood in a famous family haunted by depression, alcoholism, illness and suicide. She also reveals her painful struggle to stay sane as the youngest child in her family, and how she coped with the chaos by becoming OCD and obsessive about her food, schedule and organization.

The 2015 Center for HOPE Luncheon is co-chaired by Terri Walker of Rowayton and Barbara Epifanio of Darien. All proceeds benefit the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids, Family Centers' programs offering counseling and support to residents of lower Fairfield County coping with a loss, a critical illness or life-altering circumstance.

Tickets start at $125, and a copy of Hemingway's book will be included with each ticket purchase. Several sponsorship opportunities -- which include a semi-private reception with Hemingway -- are available. For tickets, visit www.familycenters.org or call 203-869-4848.

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