Barbara Hershey
American actress
Barbara Hershey
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.
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Idina Menzel's years as a wedding singer helped her tackle 'Wind Beneath My Wings' for Lifetime's 'Beaches' remake
LATimes - 2 months
When news broke earlier this year that Lifetime would be remaking tear-jerker “Beaches,” the 1988 film that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey as lifelong friends, one of the first concerns among die-hard fans was what would become of the classic song “Wind Beneath My Wings” sung by Midler? ...
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Here's What Idina Menzel Thinks About A Gay Elsa In 'Frozen 2'
Huffington Post - 6 months
In 2013, Disney was applauded for breaking its princess mold with Queen Elsa, a strong, independent female protagonist, in its animated smash, “Frozen.” Subsequently, a number of LGBT rights advocates began petitioning the company to make the character a lesbian in a “Frozen” sequel, going as far as launching a trending hashtag, #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, on Twitter in May. The movement came as a surprise to Idina Menzel, the Tony-winning Broadway star who lent her voice to Queen Elsa. The singer-actress, 45, told PrideSource that she was “really happy” that it was her “Frozen” character that sparked the conversation.  “Maybe at first I was a little surprised because it’s Disney, but I can say that I’m excited that the conversation is happening,” Menzel said. Still, she seemed skeptical that the Walt Disney Company would respond to the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend effort in any profound way. “I can’t promise anybody that that’s what’s gonna happen... But deep down am I really happy that it’ ...
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'Damien's' Barbara Hershey has grown up in front of a camera
LATimes - 11 months
An actor has to be brave to play someone who mentors the anti-Christ. But then Barbara Hershey has never shied away from risk. In the 1970s, she was the living embodiment of 1970s hippie chic, catching flak for temporarily changing her name to "Seagull" before going on to wide acclaim in movies...
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A Talk with Barbara Hershey About Her Long-standing Career
Huffington Post - 11 months
Barbara Hershey is a multi-award winning actress who has been gracing us with her presence on the big screen for quite some time. She is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a "Killing in a Small Town" and was nominated for an Academy Award for a "Portrait of a Lady" as well as a BAFTA award for "Black Swan". In the 1980's Barbara was at the height of her career. She has played many roles, from "The Stunt Man", "The Right Stuff" to "Hannah and Her Sisters" with Woody Allen, and "Hoosiers" with Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, Barbara is the epitome of what it takes to have a lifetime career pursuing your dreams and doing what you love. From her award winning role in "Anne of Green Gables" for PBS for which she received a Gemini Award to co-starring opposite of Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in "Insidious" Barbara's gift of acting is beyond amazing. I had an opportunity to speak with Barbara about her long-standing career and to find out what's next ...
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Comment on Barbara Hershey Finally Travelling to Once Upon a Time in Wonderland by Brody Gibson
Boom Tron - over 3 years
Actually it’s Wonderland. Resident Evil has nothing to do with the Red Queen as she is an invention of Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass. And they didn’t change writers after season 1, at least not the two lead writers, Kitsis and Horowitz, who run the show.
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<i>The Right Stuff</i> Is Still Thrilling After 30 Years!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nancy Pelosi flew into Los Angeles for a screening on Wednesday evening. The House Minority Speaker arrived at the Landmark Theatres about 7 p.m. and she and her bodyguards were whisked up to the main theatre there, the one with the big screen. I was seated a few rows in front of her and joined in the applause when she entered. The occasion was a celebratory screening with a new print of the epic landmark film, The Right Stuff, which had its moment (or two) of fame 30 years ago. Its director, Phil Kaufman, had told me a few minutes earlier that she was coming, since her daughter is married to Phil's son. I have known Kaufman for a very long time. We were both officed at Universal Studios decades ago, just after he finished a Western film, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, and I was producing the W.C. Fields movie there. (Phil went on to direct a raft of remarkable films, from The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Henry and June, to Quills.) Director Phil Kaufman and Producer Irw ...
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'Once Upon A Time In Wonderland' Premiere: 7 Reasons To Watch ABC's Whimsical Spinoff
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" premieres tonight (Thurs., Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET), and if you're a fan of the whimsical world that "Lost" alums Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have created on the original "Once Upon a Time," you'll find its spinoff thoroughly enchanting. And if you're not a fan of the mothership, "Wonderland" still has the capacity to pull you down the rabbit hole. Unlike the sprawling, flashback-laden, dimension-hopping shenanigans that may make "OUAT" (now in its third season) a little daunting to newcomers, "Wonderland" aims to be a more self-contained effort -- Kitsis admitted that they were inspired by FX's "American Horror Story" in that each season has a beginning, middle and end. Horowitz explained that with the show's initial 13-episode order, they aim to tell a "closed-ended story within this season. Should it work, we’ll hopefully move on to many more adventures with Alice [Sophie Lowe] and all these great characters." The producers are adamant tha ...
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'Veep's' Reid Scott Says His Character Is 'Poised For A Major Fail'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — Reid Scott is used to being cast as an abrasive character, his latest being scheming Washington political aide Dan Egan in "Veep." Scott jokes that playing jerks "just comes naturally," but he clearly has a softer side. This spring, he flew cross-country to San Francisco to ask Elspeth Keller's father for his permission to marry the actress. And now Scott and Keller are planning a wedding that pays tribute to their combined family heritage. "Her grandmother was a librarian and mine was a literature professor," said Scott, and that helped the couple pick the steps of a Los Angeles public library for their wedding next year. Scott, 34, who portrayed a wanna-be player in "My Boys" and an oncologist in "The Big C," has more than wedding plans on his schedule. During breaks in taping HBO's "Veep," he filmed a trio of independent films including, most recently, "Sister" with Barbara Hershey. "Sister," in which he plays a struggling actor whose family is coping with death ...
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Box Office: How Did 'Insidious: Chapter 2' Scare Up a Record-Breaking Debut?
Moviefone Blog - over 3 years
It was no big surprise that "Insidious Chapter 2" won the weekend at the box office, since it's only competition was "The Family," a Robert De Niro mob action-comedy that played to older audiences. But no one expected it to open above $40 million and set a September record. Given that the new "Insidious" was the follow-up to a low-budget horror film that opened with $13 million, with a relatively obscure cast and director, predictions for the sequel's debut were in the high 20s and low 30s. Instead, the film earned an estimated $41.1 million, making it the largest September opening ever for a live-action movie or a horror movie. How did "Insidious Chapter 2" manage to outperform expectations by such a huge margin? Here's what it had going for it that pundits may have overlooked. Director James Wan: He may not be a household name to most moviegoers, but horror fans know him as the director who, with writer/actor Leigh Whannell, created the "Saw" franchise. He also directed thi ...
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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Big Cat Keith David Lends His Voice
Boom Tron - over 3 years
At the current rate it’s going, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will have more voice actors than physical actors in its cast! ABC’s Once Upon a Time spinoff has added yet another big voice actor its roster of people who shall be heard but not seen. Already we have John Lithgow voicing the White Rabbit and Roger Daltrey reprising his part as the hookah-smoking caterpillar. Now we open our arms to a man with a particularly well-known voice: Mr. Keith David. He’s done voice over work for Ken Burns, as well as several animated features (The Princess and the Frog) and video games (Mass Effect series). Now David will be voicing one of Wonderland’s most famous characters: the Cheshire Cat, says TVLine. The goofy grinned feline will make its first appearance in the spinoff’s premiere, which will air Thursday, Oct. 10. While David would hardly be the first name I’d think of when considering voice actors for the Cheshire Cat, I’m excited to hear what his interpretation of the character will s ...
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'Once' Fans Will Get 'Something They've Never Seen Before'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The cast and creators of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" were on hand at ABC's TCA day to discuss the "Once Upon a Time" spinoff's trajectory and the addition of Jafar (Naveen Andrews) to the series' mythology. So far, critics and Comic-Con attendees have only seen 19 minutes of footage from the show's pilot, which feature Alice (Sophie Lowe) in a mental institution with doctors interrogating her about her "delusions" of a visit to a place called Wonderland -- which is only seen in flashbacks -- and her lost love, a genie called Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). The pilot presentation was enough to convince ABC execs to greenlight the fantastical series, but co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis promised that the full pilot will take fans into present-day Wonderland, which will give viewers "a sense of the world now with Alice’s return," as well as introducing them to "Wonderland's" version of Jafar. Andrews was enthusiastic about tackling the classic "Aladdin" villain, ...
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'That F-Word Is Too Much'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — Shailene Woodley calls fame "the F-word." "I'm fine with the other F-word," the 21-year-old actress says. "But that F-word is too much." She better get ready. An actress since age 5, Woodley earned notice – and an Independent Spirit Award – for playing the angst-ridden teen daughter of George Clooney's character in 2011's "The Descendants." Starting Friday, she can be seen in another indie, "The Spectacular Now." She may also play Mary Jane in "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise. And Woodley has just wrapped work on a project that could bring her "Twilight"-sized fame. "I have a very, very fun life outside of this industry, so if anything were to not happen or if things got to be way too overwhelming ... I will go and be an herbalist," says the actress, folding her lithe frame and bare feet beneath her as she sips a cappuccino made from ground mushrooms. "I never want to stop. I want to act until the day that I'm not here anymore. But the day it be ...
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Long Live The Queen!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
You can't have a "Once Upon A Time" spinoff set in Wonderland without Cora, the Queen of Hearts. The "Once Upon A Time" spinoff pilot takes place in Wonderland before and after Regina's (Lana Parrilla) curse. The series creators told TVLine that stories will be told similar to the "OUAT" format with flashbacks. “We can’t imagine visiting that time in Wonderland and not seeing Cora as the Queen of Hearts," "Once Upon a Time" co-creator Adam Horowitz told TVLine. Viewers will recall seeing Cora (Barbara Hershey) serve as the Queen of Hearts in an episode of "Once Upon a Time." The character met her end in a recent episode thanks to Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). The cast of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" -- the current title of the pilot, which has yet to be ordered to series -- already includes Sophie Lowe as Alice, Peter Gadiot as Cyrus, Alice's mysterious love interest, Michael Socha as the Knave of Hearts and Emma Rigby will play the Red Queen. The presentati ...
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Obsessed Cubs Fan Who Shot Player, Inspired Movie Died Last Year
Huffington Post - about 4 years
CHICAGO -- She inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured a major league ballplayer she'd never met into a hotel room with a cryptic note and shot him, nearly killing him. After the headlines faded, Ruth Ann Steinhagen did something else just as surprising: She disappeared into obscurity, living a quiet life unnoticed in Chicago until now, more than a half century later, when news broke that she had died three months earlier. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Friday that Steinhagen passed away of natural causes on Dec. 29, at the age of 83. First reported by the Chicago Tribune last week, her identity was a surprise even to the morgue employees who knew about the 1984 movie "The Natural," in which she was portrayed by actress Barbara Hershey. "She chose to live in the shadows and she did a good job of it," John Theodore, an author who wrote a 2002 nonfiction book about the crime, wrote in an email Sunday. Th ...
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Once Upon a Time Postmortem: How Can Snow White Redeem Herself?
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Once Upon a Time Postmortem: How Can Snow White Redeem Herself? Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 7:10 pm, Sunday, March 10, 2013 Once Upon a Time fans were likely both simultaneously cheering and lamenting Snow White's game-changing decision during Sunday's episode of the ABC fairy tale drama after she finally avenged the death of her mother Queen Eva by killing Cora (Barbara Hershey). Fearful that Cora would kill Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) in order to become the Dark One, Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) used Cora's own dark magic against her by lighting the candle that would spare Rumple's life in exchange for Cora's. Yes, that's the same candle that Cora had once tried to trick Snow into using on Queen Eva (Rena Sofer) in hopes of corrupting Snow, the payback for Queen Eva slighting her all t ...
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Can Regina Really Change? 'Once Upon A Time' Cast Previews Midseason Premiere
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Once Upon a Time" returns with its midseason premiere on Sunday (Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC), and now that Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) have escaped the Enchanted Forest and reunited with their loved ones in Storybrooke, it's time for a whole new set of problems to arise. Chief among them is the arrival of Cora (Barbara Hershey) and Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) to our world, since the two fairytale foes have nothing but revenge on their minds. During HuffPost TV's recent visit to "Once Upon A Time's" Vancouver set, the cast gave us a few hints as to what was coming up in the second half of the season, including the midseason premiere, in which Regina is suspected of murdering one of Storybrooke's most beloved inhabitants. As we saw in the midseason finale, Regina (Lana Parrilla) had a surprising change of heart, choosing to save Emma and Snow instead of allowing the portal to kill them both. It seems as though we'll see our former Evil Queen s ...
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Lifetime Original Movie Left to Die stars Barbara Hershey
Monsters and Critics - over 4 years
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Hershey
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 67
    In 2015, she once more reprised the role when she returned to the show for an episode of its fourth season, and in 2016 she appeared again for two episodes of the show's fifth season, most notably its landmark 100th episode.
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  • 2014
    Age 66
    In 2014, she reprised the role in one episode of the show's spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
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  • 2012
    Age 64
    From 2012 to 2013, she had a recurring role in the first two seasons of ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time as Cora, the Queen of Hearts and mother of the Evil Queen.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    Also in 2010, Hershey co-starred in Darren Aronofsky's acclaimed psychological thriller Black Swan (2010) opposite Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she co-starred in the James Wan horror film Insidious (2011).
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 53
    In 2001, Hershey appeared in the psychological thriller Lantana (2001).
    More Details Hide Details She was the only American in a mostly Australian cast, which included Kerry Armstrong, Anthony LaPaglia, and Geoffrey Rush. Film writer Sheila Johnson said the film was "one of the best to emerge from Australia in years." Another thriller followed: 11:14 (2003) also featured Rachael Leigh Cook, Patrick Swayze, Hilary Swank, and Colin Hanks. Hershey continued to appear on television during the 2000s, including a season on the series The Mountain. She also starred as Anne Shirley as an adult in Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008), the fourth in a series of made-for-TV films based on the character, taking over the role from Megan Follows.
  • 1999
    Age 51
    Hershey began dating actor Naveen Andrews in 1999. During a brief separation in 2005, Andrews fathered a child with another woman. In May 2010, after Andrews won sole custody of his son, the couple announced that they had ended their 10-year relationship six months earlier.
    More Details Hide Details Hershey has residences in Los Angeles, Hawaii, New York, and Connecticut.
    In 1999, Hershey starred in an independent film called Drowning on Dry Land; during production she met co-star Naveen Andrews, with whom she began a romantic relationship that lasted until 2010 (see Personal life).
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    Between 1999 and 2000, she played Dr. Francesca Alberghetti in 22 season 6 episodes of the medical TV drama Chicago Hope.
    More Details Hide Details Hershey co-starred with Joe Pesci as a nightclub owner in the film drama The Public Eye (1992) and as the estranged wife of homicidal Michael Douglas in the thriller Falling Down (1993). Among the other feature films in which she appeared during the 1990s was Jane Campion's adaptation of the Henry James novel The Portrait of a Lady (1996). Hershey earned an Oscar nomination and won the Best Supporting Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics for her role as Madame Serena Merle in that picture. In 1995, Last of the Dogmen, co-starring Tom Berenger, was released through Savoy Pictures.
  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 45
    She starred in another TV miniseries in 1993, succeeding Anjelica Huston as Clara Allen in the sequel series Return to Lonesome Dove.
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  • 1992
    Age 44
    On August 8, 1992, Hershey married artist Stephen Douglas.
    More Details Hide Details The ceremony took place at her home in Oxford, Connecticut, where the only guests were their two mothers and Hershey's then 19-year-old son, Tom (né Free) Carradine. The couple separated and divorced one year after the wedding.
    In 1992, Hershey appeared with Jane Alexander in the ABC miniseries Stay the Night (1992), prompting Associated Press writer Jerry Buck to write, "Barbara Hershey is a person who jumps back and forth between features and television very easily."
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  • 1991
    Age 43
    Because of her frequent television appearances, by the end of 1991 Hershey was accused of "selling out to the small screen."
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    In 1991, Hershey played Hanna Trout, the wife of the title character in Paris Trout (1991), a made-for-cable television movie.
    More Details Hide Details In this Showtime production, Hershey collaborated again with A Killing in a Small Town director Stephen Gyllenhaal to play a woman who has an affair with her husband's lawyer. Her husband, an abusive bigot (played by Dennis Hopper), is on trial for murdering a young African American girl. The film, which was based on Pete Dexter's 1988 National Book Award-winning novel, featured Hopper and Hershey enacting a graphic rape scene that the actress found difficult to view. The picture was described as a "dramatic reach deep into the dark hollows of racism, abuse and murder." Paris Trout was nominated for five Prime Time Emmy Awards, including nods for both Hershey and Hopper. Later in the year, Hershey played an attorney defending her college roommate for the murder of her husband in the suspenseful whodunit Defenseless (1991).
  • 1990
    Age 42
    Also in 1990, Hershey drew upon what Woody Allen once described as her "erotic overtones," portraying a woman who falls in love with her much younger nephew, by marriage, played by Keanu Reeves, in the comedic Tune in Tomorrow.
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    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 Candy Montgomery's acquittal for the death of Betty Gore.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 38
    In 1986, Hershey left her native California and moved with her son to Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later, she met briefly with Woody Allen, who offered her the role of Lee in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). In addition to a Manhattan apartment, Hershey bought an antique home in rural Connecticut. The Allen picture won three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. The film also earned Hershey a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She described her part as "a wonderful gift." Hershey followed Hannah and Her Sisters with back-to-back wins for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Shy People and for her appearance as anti-apartheid activist Diana Roth in A World Apart (1988). Her character in the latter film was based on Ruth First. Also in the 1980s, she portrayed Errol Flynn's first wife, actress Lili Damita, in the TV movie My Wicked, Wicked Ways (1985), which was based on Flynn's autobiography. She also played the love interest to Gene Hackman's character in the basketball film Hoosiers (1986).
  • 1980
    Age 32
    Montgomery had killed Gore on Friday, June 13, 1980, in Gore's Wylie, Texas, home, by hitting her 41 times with an ax.
    More Details Hide Details The jury determined that she did so in self-defense. In preparation for the part, Hershey had a phone conversation with Montgomery. Many of the names of the real-life principals in the case were changed for the movie. The film's alternative title was Evidence of Love, the name of a 1984 book about the case.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 27
    The pair began a domestic relationship that would last until 1975.
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  • 1974
    Age 26
    She publicly acknowledged the desire to be recognized in her own right. 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.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the decade, Hershey starred with Charlton Heston in The Last Hard Men (1976). She hoped the film would revive her career after the damage she felt it had suffered while she was with Carradine, believing that the hippie label she had been given was a career impediment. By this time she had shed Carradine and her "Seagull" pseudonym. Throughout the rest of the 1970s, however, she was appearing in made-for-TV movies that were described as "forgettable," like Flood! (1976), Sunshine Christmas (1977), and The Glitter Palace (1977), in which she played a lesbian. When Hershey landed a role in Richard Rush's The Stunt Man (1980), it marked a return to the big screen after four years and earned her critical praise. Hershey felt that she would be forever in debt to Rush for fighting with financiers to allow her a part in that film. She also felt The Stunt Man was an important transition for her, from playing girls to playing women.
  • 1973
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Arnold Herzstein, also appeared in Americana.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, Hershey changed her stage name to "Seagull." In 1979, a blunt newspaper article from the Knight News Service referenced this period of her life, saying of her acting career that "it looked as if she blew it." The article referred to Hershey as a "kook" and stated that she was frequently "high on something." In addition to that criticism, she had been ostracized for breast-feeding her son during an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, and for breast-feeding him beyond the age of two years. She said that this period of her life hurt her career; "Producers wouldn't see me because I had a reputation for using drugs and being undependable. I never used drugs at all and I have always been serious about my acting career." After splitting up with Carradine, she changed her stage name back to "Hershey," explaining that she had told the story of why she adopted the name "Seagull" so many times that it had lost its meaning.
  • 1970
    Age 22
    In 1970, Hershey played Tish Grey in The Baby Maker, a film that explored surrogate motherhood.
    More Details Hide Details Criticizing the directing and writing of James Bridges, critic Shirley Rigby said of the "bizarre" film, "Only the performances in the film save it from being a total travesty." Rigby went on to say, "Barbara Hershey is a great little actress, much, much more than just another pretty face." Hershey once said that starring in Boxcar Bertha (1972) "was the most fun I ever had on a movie." The film, co-starring Hershey's domestic partner, David Carradine, and produced by Roger Corman, was Martin Scorsese's first Hollywood picture. Shot in six weeks on a budget of $600,000, Boxcar Bertha was intended to be a period crime drama similar to Corman's Bloody Mama (1970) or Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Although Corman publicized it as an exploitation piece with plenty of sex and violence, Scorsese's influence made it "something much more." Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote of the film's direction, "Martin Scorsese has gone for mood and atmosphere more than for action, and his violence is always blunt and unpleasant - never liberating and exhilarating, as the New Violence is supposed to be." A spread recreating sexually explicit scenes from the movie appeared in Playboy magazine in 1972.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    In 1969, Hershey co-starred in the Glenn Ford western Heaven with a Gun.
    More Details Hide Details On the set, she met and began a romantic relationship with actor David Carradine, who later starred in the television series Kung Fu (see Personal life). In the same year, she acted in the controversial drama Last Summer, which was based on Evan Hunter's eponymous novel. In this film, Hershey played Sandy, the "heavy" who influences two young men (played by Bruce Davison and Richard Thomas) to rape another girl, Rhoda (played by Catherine Burns). Even though the film, directed by Frank Perry, received an X rating for the graphic rape scene, Burns earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance. During the filming of Last Summer, a seagull was killed. "In one scene," Hershey explained, "I had to throw the bird in the air to make her fly. We had to reshoot the scene over and over again. I could tell the bird was tired. Finally when the scene was finished the director, Frank Perry, told me the bird had broken her neck on the last throw." Hershey felt responsible for the bird's death and changed her stage name to "Seagull" as a tribute to the creature. "I felt her spirit enter me," she later explained. "It was the only moral thing to do." The name change was not positively received. When she was offered a part opposite Timothy Bottoms in The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974) (AKA Vrooder's Hooch), Hershey had to forfeit half her salary, $25,000, to be billed under the name "Seagull" because the producers were not in favor of the billing.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 17
    Her high school drama coach helped her find an agent, and in 1965, at age 17, she landed a role on Sally Field's television series Gidget.
    More Details Hide Details Barbara said that she found Field to be very supportive of her in her first acting role. According to The New York Times All Movie Guide, Barbara graduated from Hollywood High School in 1966, but David Carradine, in his autobiography, said she dropped out of high school after she began acting. Barbara's acting debut, three episodes of Gidget, was followed by the short-lived television series The Monroes (1966), which also featured Michael Anderson, Jr. By this point, she had adopted the stage name "Barbara Hershey." Although Hershey said the series helped her career, she expressed some frustration with her role, saying: "One week I was strong, the next, weak". While on the series, Hershey garnered several other roles, including one in Doris Day's final feature film, With Six You Get Eggroll.
    She began acting at age 17 in 1965 but did not achieve much critical acclaim until the latter half of the 1980s.
    More Details Hide Details By that time, the Chicago Tribune referred to her as "one of America's finest actresses." Hershey won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries/TV Film for her role in A Killing in a Small Town (1990). She has also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary Magdalene in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and for her role in Jane Campion's Portrait of a Lady (1996). For the latter film, she was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition, she has won two Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival for her roles in Shy People (1987) and A World Apart (1988). She was also featured in Woody Allen's critically acclaimed Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), for which she was nominated for the British Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Garry Marshall's melodrama Beaches (1988), and she earned a second British Academy Award nomination for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (2010).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1948.
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