Barbara Hershey

Born Feb 5, 1948

Barbara Hershey, once known as Barbara Seagull, is an American actress. In a career spanning nearly 50 years, she has played a variety of roles on television and in cinema, in several genres including westerns and comedies. She began acting at age 17 in 1965, but did not achieve much critical acclaim until the latter half of the 1980s. By that time, the Chicago Tribune referred to her as "one of America's finest actresses.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born on February 5, 1948.


1965 17 Years Old 1 More Event
She began acting at age 17 in 1965, but did not achieve much critical acclaim until the latter half of the 1980s. … Read More
1966 18 Years Old According to The New York Times All Movie Guide, she graduated from Hollywood High School in 1966, but David Carradine, in his autobiography, said she dropped out of high school after she began acting. … Read More


1969 - 1970 2 More Events
1972 24 Years Old …  Later in 1972, Hershey gave birth to their son, Free, who changed his name to Tom when he was nine years old. The relationship fell apart, around the time of Carradine's 1974 burglary arrest, after he had begun an affair with Season Hubley who had guest starred in Kung Fu. … Read More
1973 25 Years Old …  She also appeared in two of Carradine's independent directorial projects, You and Me (1975) and Americana (1983), both of which had been filmed in 1973. … Read More
1974 26 Years Old She publicly acknowledged the desire to be recognized in her own right and later in 1974 she did just that, winning a Gold Medal at the Atlanta Film Festival for her role in the Dutch-produced film, Love Comes Quietly. … Read More


1980 32 Years Old Montgomery had killed Gore, on Friday June 13, 1980, in her Wylie, Texas, home, by hitting her 41 times with an ax. … Read More
1986 38 Years Old In 1986 Hershey left her native California and moved with her son to Manhattan. … Read More


1990 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, Hershey won an Emmy and a Golden Globe, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for her role as Candy Morrison in A Killing in a Small Town, which was based on the acquittal of Candy Montgomery for the death of Betty Gore.
1991 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991 Hershey played Hanna Trout, the wife of the title character in Paris Trout (1991), a made-for-cable television movie. … Read More
1992 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1992 Hershey appeared with Jane Alexander in the ABC miniseries Stay the Night (1992), causing Associated Press writer Jerry Buck to write, "Barbara Hershey is a person who jumps back and forth between features and television very easily".
1993 45 Years Old She starred in another TV miniseries in 1993, succeeding Anjelica Huston, as Clara Allen in the sequel series Return to Lonesome Dove. … Read More


Between 1999 and 2000, she played Dr. Francesca Alberghetti in 22 episodes of the sixth season of the medical TV drama Chicago Hope. … Read More
2001 53 Years Old In 2001 Hershey appeared in the psychological thriller Lantana (2001). … Read More


2010 62 Years Old 1 More Event
Hershey appeared as an American actress, Mrs. Hubbard, in an adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express for the British television series Poirot starring David Suchet, which aired in the United States on Public Broadcast Service (PBS) in July, 2010.
2012 64 Years Old From 2012-2013, she had a recurring role in the first two seasons of ABC's hit drama, Once Upon a Time, as Cora, the mother of the Evil Queen.
2014 66 Years Old In 2014, she reprised the role in one episode of the shows spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. In 1969 Barbara Hershey met David Carradine while they were working on Heaven With a Gun. The pair began a domestic relationship that would last until 1975.
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