Barbara Hershey

Actor
Despite an early-career period marked by low-budget films and an unconventional personal life, award-winning actress Barbara Hershey found herself at the height of her professional success at a stage when most leading ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1948 in Hollywood, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

Childless 2015 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

Damien 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Once Upon a Time 2012 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

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Once Upon A Time In Wonderland 2014 (Tv Show)

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Vacuuming the Cat 2014 (Movie)

Hilda (Actor)

Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 (Movie)

Lorraine Lambert (Actor)

Sister 2013 (Movie)

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Answers to Nothing 2011 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

Insidious 2011 (Movie)

Lorraine Lambert (Actor)

Black Swan 2010 (Movie)

Erica Sayers/the Queen (Actor)

Schweitzer 2009 (Movie)

Helene Schweitzer (Actor)

Love Comes Lately 2008 (Movie)

Rosalie Kaddish (Actor)

The Bird Can't Fly 2007 (Movie)

Melody (Actor)

Uncross the Stars 2007 (Movie)

Hilda Limberlost (Actor)

The Mountain 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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11:14 2004 (Movie)

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Stephen King's Riding the Bullet 2004 (Movie)

Jean Parker (Actor)

Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Lantana 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Valerie Somers (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

Celia Hoover (Actor)

Drowning on Dry Land 1999 (Movie)

Kate Burns (Actor)

Frogs for Snakes 1999 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Passion 1999 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 (Movie)

Marcella Willis (Actor)

The Staircase 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Bette Midler 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Pallbearer 1996 (Movie)

Ruth Abernathy (Actor)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

Madame Serena Merle (Actor)

Last of the Dogmen 1995 (Movie)

Professor Lillian Sloan (Actor)

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

Frances (Actor)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

Lost Kingdoms of the Maya 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Splitting Heirs 1993 (Movie)

Duchess Lucinda (Actor)

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

Frau Muller (Actor)

Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Public Eye 1992 (Movie)

Kay Levitz (Actor)

Defenseless 1991 (Movie)

T K Katwuller (Actor)

Larry King TNT Extra (04/29/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Tune in Tomorrow... 1990 (Movie)

Aunt Julia (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A World Apart 1988 (Movie)

Diana Roth (Actor)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

Hillary Whitney Essex (Actor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Mary Magdalene (Actor)

Shy People 1987 (Movie)

Ruth Sullivan (Actor)

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

Hoosiers 1986 (Movie)

Myra Fleener (Actor)

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

Harriet Bird (Actor)

Americana 1983 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Glennis Yeager (Actor)

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Weekend 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Working 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Take This Job and Shove It 1981 (Movie)

"J M" Halstead (Actor)

The Entity 1981 (Movie)

Carla Moran (Actor)

Angel on My Shoulder 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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From Here to Eternity 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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A Man Called Intrepid 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

Nina Franklin (Actor)

In the Glitter Palace 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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A Choice of Weapons 1975 (Movie)

Marion Evans (Actor)

Diamonds 1975 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

The Last Hard Men 1975 (Movie)

Susan Burgade (Actor)

You and Me 1975 (Movie)

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The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder 1973 (Movie)

Nurse Willis (Actor)

Angela 1972 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Boxcar Bertha 1972 (Movie)

Bertha (Actor)

The Baby Maker 1970 (Movie)

Tish Gray (Actor)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones 1970 (Movie)

Nella Mundine (Actor)

The Pursuit of Happiness 1970 (Movie)

Jane Kauffman (Actor)

Heaven With a Gun 1969 (Movie)

Leloopa (Actor)

Last Summer 1969 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

With Six You Get Eggroll 1968 (Movie)

Stacey Iverson (Actor)

Gidget 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

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A Killing in a Small Town (TV Show)

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Abraham (TV Show)

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Angel on My Shoulder (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Flood! (TV Show)

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Hunger Point (TV Show)

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Just a Little Inconvenience (TV Show)

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Left to Die (TV Show)

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Paradise (TV Show)

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Paris Trout (TV Show)

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Passion Flower (TV Show)

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Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

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Stay the Night (TV Show)

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Sunshine Christmas (TV Show)

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The Sky Is Green (Movie)

Amber (Actor)

Biography

Despite an early-career period marked by low-budget films and an unconventional personal life, award-winning actress Barbara Hershey found herself at the height of her professional success at a stage when most leading ladies begin to fade from the limelight. Born and raised in Hollywood, she broke into film and television while still in high school and landed leading roles in features such as "With Six You Get Eggroll" (1968) and "Last Summer" (1969). Having met actor David Carradine on an earlier film, the couple garnered more press for their counter-culture lifestyle than for their exploitative crime drama "Boxcar Bertha" (1972), directed by future cinema icon Martin Scorsese. Following a period during which she was largely considered persona non grata in Hollywood, Hershey rebounded in an incredibly impressive string of films, beginning in the early 1980s. "The Right Stuff" (1983), "The Natural" (1984), "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), "Hoosiers" (1986), and "Beaches" (1988) were only a handful of the acclaimed projects she appeared in at the time. Later roles included such critically-acclaimed features as "Portrait of a Lady" (1996) and "Black Swan" (2010). Once described as "one of America's finest actresses," Hershey continually explored characters rich in depth and diversity well into her sixties, a testament to her talent and a rarity in the unforgiving, male-centric landscape of mainstream film.

Relationships

Naveen Andrews Actor

Companion
Acted together in "Drowning on Dry Land" (1999) Andrews was 21 years Hershey's junior Couple briefly split in 2005 In early 2006, Andrews admitted to fathering a love-child of a woman he briefly dated during the split Couple confirmed they split again in June 2010

David Carradine Actor

Companion
Met while they were working on "Heaven With a Gun" (1969) Lived together from 1969-75; father of her son Free Carradine Posed nude together in a 1972 issue of Playboy magazine

Tom Carradine

Son
Born in 1972 as Free Carradine, but changed his name to "Tom" when he was 9 years old; father, David Carradine

Stephen Douglas

Husband
Married Aug. 8, 1992 Divorced in November 1993

Arnold Herzstein Actor

Father

Melrose Herzstein

Mother

EDUCATION

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California 1966

Milestones

2013

Featured in "Insidious: Chapter 2"

2012

Joined the cast of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" as the Evil Queen's (Lana Parrilla) mother

2010

Appeared in the horror thriller "Insidious"

2010

Portrayed Natalie Portman's overbearing mother and a former ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan"

2008

Co-starred with Rachel Blanchard and Shirley MacLaine in "Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning"

2004

Starred in "Riding the Bullet," based on the novel by Stephen King

2004

Cast on short-lived drama series "The Mountain" (The WB)

1999

Returned to series TV playing Dr. Francesca Alberghetti on CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"

1998

Starred as the mother superior of a convent in the CBS TV-movie "The Staircase"

1996

Received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance as the manipulative Madame Merle in Jane Campion's adaptation of "The Portrait of a Lady"

1994

Cast as Sarah in the TNT biblical drama "Abraham"

1993

Succeeded Angelica Huston as Clara Allen in the sequel series "Return to Lonesome Dove" (CBS)

1991

Co-starred opposite Dennis Hopper in "Paris Trout"

1990

Won an Emmy for playing an accused murderer in "A Killing in a Small Town" (CBS)

1988

Co-starred with Bette Midler in Garry Marshall's "Beaches"

1988

Earned second Cannes Best Actress Award for "A World Apart"

1988

Played Mary Magdalene in Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ"

1987

Won first Cannes Best Actress Award for "Shy People"

1986

Had featured role as Leigh in Wooody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters"

1986

Played the love interest to Gene Hackman's character in the basketball drama "Hoosiers"

1984

Landed memorable role as the woman who shot Robert Redford's character in "The Natural"

1983

Played Glennis Yeager, wife of test pilot Chuck Yeager in "The Right Stuff"

1980

Had a leading role in Richard Rush's "The Stunt Man"

1980

Played Karen Holmes in the NBC miniseries version of "From Here to Eternity"

1976

Starred with Charlton Heston in "The Last Hard Men"

1974

Guest starred on a two-part episode of Carradine's television series "Kung Fu" (ABC), playing a love interest to his character Kwai Chang Caine

1972

Once again teamed with David Carradine for Martin Scorsese's "Boxcar Bertha"

1969

Played a surrogate mother in "The Baby Maker"

1968

First leading role in a feature film, "Last Summer"

1968

Co-starred in the Glenn Ford western, "Heaven with a Gun"; first film with actor David Carradine

1968

Made her feature acting debut in "With Six You Get Eggroll"

1967

Short film acting debut, "The Whole Damn Human Race and One More"

1966

Starred on ABC series "The Munroes" (ABC)

1965

Made her acting debut with a recurring role on "Gidget" (ABC)

Discoved by an agent during a school production at Hollywood High School

Bonus Trivia

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During the filming of "Last Summer" (1969), a seagull was killed. Hershey felt responsible for the bird's death and changed her stage name to "Seagull" as a tribute to the creature. She changed name back to Barbara Hershey after "Diamonds" (1975).

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