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Barbara Hershey

Barbara HersheyAKA Barbara Herzstein

Born: 5-Feb-1948
Birthplace: Hollywood, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Boxcar Bertha and Mary Magdalene

Born and raised in Hollywood, Hershey took drama classes at Hollywood High. At 17, she landed a recurring role on TV's Gidget, starring Sally Field. By the next season, she was in her own quickly-cancelled series, The Monroes, playing one of five orphans in the old west. Hershey's first starring role was as Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha in 1972. During filming, she loaned Scorsese her copy of the novel, The Last Temptation of Christ. More than a decade later he directed a film adaptation of the book, with Hershey as Mary Magdalene. Instead of offering a pious Charlton Heston-esque presentation, the film portrayed Jesus as a man with human characteristics and weaknesses, making it fantastically controversial among Christian fundamentalists. Hershey was peppered with death threats for months after the movie was released.

In the mid-1970s, she called herself Barbara Seagull (in memory of a bird she accidentally ran over in her car), and was typecast as a hippie, stoner, or wacky chick. Her better-known films include Beaches with Bette Midler, The Natural with Robert Redford, Hoosiers with Gene Hackman, and Hannah and Her Sisters with Woody Allen. More recently, she has done fine work in a long list of quirky, interesting movies -- The Stunt Man, Shy People, A World Apart, Jane Campion's Portrait of a Lady, Lantana, and Merchant-Ivory's underappreciated A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries.

Father: (horseracing columnist)
Mother: (Irish)
Boyfriend: David Carradine (actor, together 1969-75, one son)
Son: Free Carradine ("Tom", b. 1972)
Husband: Stephen Douglas (painter, m. 8-Aug-1992, div. 1993)
Boyfriend: Naveen Andrews (actor, together 1998-2010)

    High School: Hollywood High School, Hollywood, CA (1966)

    Irish Ancestry Maternal
    Russian Ancestry Paternal
    Jewish Ancestry Paternal

    TELEVISION
    The Mountain Gennie Carver (2004-05)
    The Monroes Kathy Monroe (1966-67)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Insidious: Chapter 2 (13-Sep-2013)
    Answers to Nothing (22-Sep-2011) · Marilyn
    Insidious (14-Sep-2010) · Lorraine Lambert
    Black Swan (1-Sep-2010) · Erica Sayers
    Love Comes Lately (9-Sep-2007) · Rosalie
    Riding the Bullet (15-Oct-2004) · Jean Parker
    11:14 (16-May-2003)
    Daniel Deronda (24-Nov-2002)
    Lantana (8-Jun-2001) · Valerie
    Breakfast of Champions (15-May-1999)
    A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (13-Sep-1998)
    Frogs for Snakes (20-Feb-1998)
    The Portrait of a Lady (18-Oct-1996)
    The Pallbearer (3-May-1996) · Ruth Abernathy
    Last of the Dogmen (8-Sep-1995) · Lillian Sloan
    Abraham (3-Apr-1994)
    Return to Lonesome Dove (14-Nov-1993)
    A Dangerous Woman (10-Sep-1993) · Frances
    Splitting Heirs (30-Apr-1993) · Duchess Lucinda
    Swing Kids (5-Mar-1993)
    Falling Down (26-Feb-1993)
    The Public Eye (15-Sep-1992) · Kay Levitz
    Defenseless (23-Aug-1991)
    Paris Trout (20-Apr-1991)
    Tune in Tomorrow... (15-Sep-1990) · Aunt Julia
    A Killing in a Small Town (22-May-1990)
    Beaches (21-Dec-1988) · Hillary Whitney Essex
    The Last Temptation of Christ (12-Aug-1988) · Mary Magdalene
    A World Apart (17-Jun-1988)
    Shy People (17-Jun-1988)
    Tin Men (6-Mar-1987) · Nora
    Hoosiers (14-Nov-1986) · Myra Fleener
    Hannah and Her Sisters (7-Feb-1986) · Lee
    Passion Flower (1986)
    The Natural (11-May-1984) · Harriet Bird
    Americana (21-Oct-1983)
    The Right Stuff (9-Sep-1983) · Glennis Yeager
    The Entity (20-Oct-1982)
    Take This Job and Shove It (24-Apr-1981) · J. M. Halstead
    The Stunt Man (27-Jun-1980) · Nina Franklin
    Angel on My Shoulder (11-May-1980)
    A Man Called Intrepid (7-May-1979)
    Flood! (24-Nov-1976)
    The Last Hard Men (1-Jun-1976) · Susan Burgade
    Trial by Combat (Apr-1976)
    Diamonds (22-Oct-1975)
    The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (18-Oct-1974)
    Boxcar Bertha (14-Jun-1972) · Boxcar Bertha
    Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (25-Feb-1972)
    The Pursuit of Happiness (23-Feb-1971)
    The Baby Maker (1-Oct-1970)
    The Liberation of L. B. Jones (18-Mar-1970)
    Last Summer (10-Jun-1969) · Sandy
    Heaven With a Gun (1969) · Leloopa
    With Six You Get Eggroll (7-Aug-1968) · Stacey Iverson


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