Barbara Hershey

Barbara Hershey

Infobox Actor
name = Barbara Hershey

birthname = Barbara Lynn Herzstein
birthdate = birth date and age|1948|2|5
birthplace = Hollywood, California
deathdate =
deathplace =
spouse = Stephen Douglas (1992-1993)
academyawards =
emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries/Movie
1990 "A Killing in a Small Town"
goldenglobeawards =
1991 "A Killing in a Small Town"
awards = Best Actress Award - Cannes Film Festival
1987 "Shy People"
1988 "A World Apart"

Barbara Hershey (born February 5, 1948) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning American actress, known for her many film roles.


Personal life

Hershey was born Barbara Lynn Herzstein in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Arnold Nathan Herzstein, a horse racing columnist and occasional actor. Her father was Jewish and her mother was an Arkansas-born Presbyterian of Irish descent. [
] [ ['The+Portrait+of+a+Lady%2C'+a+role+that+she+took+very+seriously.&pqatl=google For Hershey, the Years Have Revealed Depth and Grace; Movies: The actress has been honored for her portrayal in 'The Portrait of a Lady,' a role that she took very seriously ] ] [ [ The Buffalo News(TM) - News Library : Simple Search ] ] Hershey attended Hollywood High School. She lived with actor David Carradine between 1969 and 1975, and was married to Stephen Douglas, an artist, between 1992 and 1993. Hershey and Carradine were a prominent symbol of the Hollywood counterculture,Fact|date=June 2008 becoming parents to a child whom they named Free (who later changed his name to Tom). Hershey is dating actor Naveen Andrews; during a brief separation in 2005, Andrews fathered a child by another woman.Fact|date=June 2008 He and Hershey have reconciled.Fact|date=June 2008


Hershey's acting debut came in three episodes of "Gidget" in 1965, which she followed up by being cast in the television series "The Monroes" (1966), along with Michael Anderson, Jr.. She found working on "The Monroes" such a dispiriting experience that she wrote pseudonymous letters to the producers asking that the show be cancelled. In 1967, she also made a guest appearance on the hit Fess Parker NBC western series "Daniel Boone" in an episode titled "The Kings Shilling."

Hershey's feature film debut was in the 1968 comedy "With Six You Get Eggroll" which marked Doris Day's final screen appearance. This was followed by the 1969 Glenn Ford western "Heaven with a Gun", where one of her co-stars was future "Kung Fu" star David Carradine.

Later that year came the drama "Last Summer", based on the novel by Evan Hunter (better known for his police procedurals written under the pseudonym Ed McBain) and directed by future "Mommie Dearest" helmsman Frank Perry. The film received an X rating for a graphic rape scene and earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for co-star Catherine Burns. During the filming of a scene for "Last Summer", a seagull was killed. Hershey felt a sense of personal responsibility for its death and went by the name of Barbara Seagull for several years professionally in the early 1970s as a tribute to the creature.

Her 1970 film "The Baby Maker" explored the idea of surrogate motherhood many years before it became a mainstream reproductive option and reinforced her image as a free-spirited hippie. This image helped secure her the starring role in the 1972 Roger Corman production "Boxcar Bertha", which was being directed on a typically low Corman budget by a fresh-out-of-film-school Martin Scorsese. During filming, Hershey gave Scorsese a copy of her favorite book — Nikos Kazantzakis's "The Last Temptation of Christ". Adapting that book into a film would become a 16-year labor of love for Scorsese, who would eventually cast Hershey as Mary Magdalene — though not before making her audition, to prove that she had earned it. Hershey's co-star in "Boxcar Bertha" was once again David Carradine. They would later recreate their love scene in a hay-filled boxcar for a "Playboy" magazine pictorial.

In 1974, she guest-starred in a two-part episode of the TV series "Kung Fu" which starred her then live-in boyfriend of David Carradine (Besieged: Death On A Cold Mountain, Season 3, Episodes 10 & 11). She played a love interest of David Carradine's character, Kwai Chang Caine, during his time at the Buddhist temple.

In 1976, she starred alongside Charlton Heston in "The Last Hard Men". However, the hippie label soon became a career impediment and by the late 1970s she was appearing in made-for-TV movies like "Flood!" and "Sunshine Christmas". But her work in Richard Rush's 1980 critical favorite "The Stunt Man" — her first big screen appearance in four years — began a gradual career renaissance.

Her appearance in the 1981 horror film "The Entity" — where she played a woman repeatedly raped by an unseen supernatural force — sufficiently impressed Michael Douglas, who a decade later fought to have her cast as his estranged wife in "Falling Down". She also portrayed Errol Flynn's first wife, actress Lili Damita in the TV movie "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" (1985), based on Flynn's autobiography.

Hershey played a small, but memorable role as a mad woman who seduces and shoots Robert Redford's character in "The Natural" (1984). She also made a large impression on Woody Allen, who would later foster her mid-80s career revival by casting her in his greatest commercial success "Hannah and Her Sisters".

She gained increased visibility with performance as Glennis Yeager, wife of test pilot Chuck Yeager, in Philip Kaufman's 1983 film "The Right Stuff" and as Gene Hackman's love interest in the basketball film "Hoosiers". Hershey followed the commercial success of "Hannah and Her Sisters" with unprecedented back-to-back wins for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for "Shy People" and for "A World Apart".

For her role in the 1988 Bette Midler melodrama "Beaches", she injected collagen into her lips — an act that drew negative media coverage. In 1990, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for her turn as real-life murderer Candy Morrison in "A Killing in a Small Town". Throughout the nineties, Hershey made more small independent films and television projects.

As Madame Merle in Jane Campion's 1996 adaptation of the Henry James novel "The Portrait of a Lady", Hershey earned an Oscar nomination and won the Best Supporting Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics. In 1999, Hershey starred in "Drowning on Dry Land" with Naveen Andrews. In 2001, Hershey was part of a largely Australian ensemble cast for the critically successful mystery "Lantana", which also starred Kerry Armstrong, Anthony LaPaglia and Geoffrey Rush playing a troubled psychiatrist.


*"With Six You Get Eggroll" (1968)
*"Heaven with a Gun" (1969)
*"Last Summer" (1969)
*"The Liberation of L.B. Jones" (1970)
*"The Baby Maker" (1970)
*"The Pursuit of Happiness" (1971)
*"Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues" (1972)
*"Boxcar Bertha" (1972)
*"Love Comes Quietly" (1973)
*"The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder" (1974)
*"Kung Fu (TV)" (1974)
*"You and Me" (1975)
*"Diamonds" (1975)
*"The Last Hard Men" (1976)
*"Trial by Combat" (1976)
*"The Stunt Man" (1980)
*"The Entity" (1981)
*"Take This Job and Shove It" (1981)
*"The Right Stuff" (1983)
*"Americana" (1983)
*"The Natural" (1984)
*"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986)
*"Hoosiers" (1986)
*"Tin Men" (1987)
*"Shy People" (1987)
*"A World Apart" (1988)
*"The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988)
*"Beaches" (1988)
*"Tune in Tomorrow" (1990)
*"Paris Trout" (1991)
*"Defenseless" (1991)
*"The Public Eye" (1992)
*"Falling Down" (1993)
*"Swing Kids" (1993)
*"Splitting Heirs" (1993)
*"A Dangerous Woman" (1993)
*"Abraham" (1994)
*"Last of the Dogmen" (1995)
*"The Pallbearer" (1996)
*"The Portrait of a Lady" (1996)
*"The Staircase" (1997)
*"Frogs for Snakes" (1998)
*"A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries" (1998)
*"Drowning on Dry Land" (1999)
*"Breakfast of Champions" (1999)
*"Passion" (1999)
*"Lantana" (2001)
*"" (2003)
*"Riding the Bullet" (2004)
*"The Bird Can't Fly" (2007)
*"Love Comes Lately" (2007)
*"Childless" (2008)
*"Uncross the Stars" (2008)


*1967: Western Heritage Awards - Fictional Television Drama - "The Monroes" (shared with cast and crew)
*1990: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries/TV Film - "Killing in a Small Town"
*1987: Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress - "Shy People"
*1988: Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress - "A World Apart"

*1970: Laurel Awards - Female New Face - "Last Summer-1967"
*1987: BAFTA Awards - Best Supporting Actress - "Hannah and Her Sisters"
*1989: Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actress - "The Last Temptation of Christ"
*1991: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress in A Miniseries/TV Film - "Paris Trout"
*1996: Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress - "Portrait of a Lady"


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