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Also Known As: Barbara Seagull, Barbara Lynn Herzstein, Barbara Seagull Hershey, Barbara Seagull Died:
Born: February 5, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hollywood, California, USA Profession: actor

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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...

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.

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Discoved by an agent during a school production at Hollywood High School
1967:
Short film acting debut, "The Whole Damn Human Race and One More"
1965:
Made her acting debut with a recurring role on "Gidget" (ABC)
1966:
Starred on ABC series "The Munroes" (ABC)
1968:
Made her feature acting debut in "With Six You Get Eggroll"
1969:
Co-starred in the Glenn Ford western, "Heaven with a Gun"; first film with actor David Carradine
1969:
First leading role in a feature film, "Last Summer"
1970:
Played a surrogate mother in "The Baby Maker"
1972:
Once again teamed with David Carradine for Martin Scorsese's "Boxcar Bertha"
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
1976:
Starred with Charlton Heston in "The Last Hard Men"
1980:
Played Karen Holmes in the NBC miniseries version of "From Here to Eternity"
1980:
Had a leading role in Richard Rush's "The Stunt Man"
1983:
Played Glennis Yeager, wife of test pilot Chuck Yeager in "The Right Stuff"
1984:
Landed memorable role as the woman who shot Robert Redford's character in "The Natural"
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"
1987:
Won first Cannes Best Actress Award for "Shy People"
1988:
Earned second Cannes Best Actress Award for "A World Apart"
1988:
Played Mary Magdalene in Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ"
1988:
Co-starred with Bette Midler in Garry Marshall's "Beaches"
1990:
Won an Emmy for playing an accused murderer in "A Killing in a Small Town" (CBS)
1991:
Co-starred opposite Dennis Hopper in "Paris Trout"
1993:
Succeeded Angelica Huston as Clara Allen in the sequel series "Return to Lonesome Dove" (CBS)
1994:
Cast as Sarah in the TNT biblical drama "Abraham"
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"
1998:
Starred as the mother superior of a convent in the CBS TV-movie "The Staircase"
1999:
Returned to series TV playing Dr. Francesca Alberghetti on CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"
2004:
Cast on short-lived drama series "The Mountain" (The WB)
2004:
Starred in "Riding the Bullet," based on the novel by Stephen King
2008:
Co-starred with Rachel Blanchard and Shirley MacLaine in "Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning"
2010:
Portrayed Natalie Portman's overbearing mother and a former ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan"
2010:
Appeared in the horror thriller "Insidious"
2013:
Featured in "Insidious: Chapter 2"
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Education

Hollywood High School: Hollywood , California - 1966

Notes

"Sometimes the hardest work is involved in exposing yourself in a naked way, not in creating a character ... When you do create a character and it's far from yourself, it can be realy daring. You have to go to some extreme that's hard to find and not be lying, but truly inhabit that person and find that person in you." --From Premiere, October 1993

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companion:
David Carradine. Actor. Lived together from 1969-75; father of Tom.
husband:
Stephen Douglas. Painter. Married c. fall 1992; separated November 1993.
companion:
Naveen Andrews. Actor.

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son:
Tom Carradine.

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