January 21 – April 2, 2006
Mariette Hartley has led a difficult life. Mariette Harley has led a productive life. Mariette Hartley has turned lemons into lemonade, first in her bestselling 1990 memoir, Breaking the Silence, and now in her one woman show based on that memoir, If You Get To Bethlehem Youve Gone Too Far.
As if being the daughter of two alcoholics, with a father who committed suicide, were not enough, she married an abusive man who had stalked her.Her maternal grandfather was influential behavioral psychologist, James B. Watson, who exhorted parents to condition their babies to a four hour feeding schedule, feed them with formula, and touch them as little as necessary. Her mother rigidly followed this advice.As a child Mariettes survival strategy was to become perfect. At fourteen, she found acting which sustained her through parental chill and self absorption, the abuse, the suicide, and her own problems with addiction.She has received an Emmy and six nominations, appeared in multiple television productions and has numerous stage and screen credits. Currently she appears as a recurring character on Law & Order
Early in her career Hartley worked with Dolores Hart, a budding starlet who was, amongst many other credits, the first actress to be kissed on screen by Elvis.At twenty-four and at the peak of her career, Hart abruptly left
From the nun she gained the insight, comfort, and perspective she had been unable to find in years of intense psychotherapy.She was able to get past the recurring nightmares of hearing her father shoot himself in the next room and cleaning up the mess he left behind, both literally and figuratively.Mother Dolores counsel led her to become an important spokesperson for suicide prevention organizations and an active counselor to those who have survived the suicide of a loved one.
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