Barbara Hershey

5 Feb 1948

Actor

Barbara Hershey (born Barbara Lynn Herzstein; February 5, 1948), also 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. Although she began acting at age 17 in 1965, Hershey 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." Hershey was awarded 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 been nominated for two more Golden Globes: in 1989 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary Magdalene in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, 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 and she won a 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 also featured in both Woody Allen's critically acclaimed Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Garry Marshall's comedy, Beaches (1988).

Establishing a reputation early in her career as a "hippie", Hershey experienced conflict between her personal life and her acting goals. Her career suffered a decline during a six year relationship with actor David Carradine, with whom she had a child. She experimented with a change in stage name that she later regretted. During this time her personal life was highly publicized and ridiculed. It was not until she separated from Carradine and changed her stage name back to Hershey that her acting career became well established. Later in her career, she began to keep her personal life private. Her career was again revived by the release of Black Swan, for which her portrayal of an overbearing mother and former ballerina has received critical acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination.

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Filmography (64 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···Insidious: The Last Key
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lorraine Lambert)
(movie, 2016)
···The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Violet Drax)
(movie, 2013)
···Insidious: Chapter 2
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lorraine Lambert)
(movie, 2012)
···Left to Die
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sandra Chase)
(movie, 2011)
···Answers to Nothing
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Marilyn)
(movie, 2010)
7.0Black Swan
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Erica Sayers)
(movie, 2010)
7.7Insidious
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lorraine Lambert)
(movie, 2009)
···Albert Schweitzer
Genre: Drama, Biography, History
Role: Actor (as Helene Schweitzer)
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Older Anne Shirley)
(movie, 2008)
···Uncross the Stars
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Hilda)
(movie, 2007)
···Love Comes Lately
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Rosalie)
(movie, 2007)
···The Bird Can't Fly
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Melody)
(movie, 2004)
···Riding the Bullet
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jean Parker)
(movie, 2004)
···Paradise
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Elizabeth Paradise)
(movie, 2003)
···11:14
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Norma)
(movie, 2003)
···Hunger Point
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Marsha Hunter)
(movie, 2003)
···The Stranger Beside Me
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Ann Rule)
(movie, 2001)
···Lantana
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Valerie Somers)
(movie, 1999)
···Breakfast of Champions
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Celia Hoover)
(movie, 1999)
···Drowning on Dry Land
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Kate)
(movie, 1999)
···Passion
Genre: Drama, Music, Biography
Role: Actor (as Rose Grainger)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Marcella Willis)
(movie, 1998)
···The Staircase
Genre: Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Mother Madalyn)
(movie, 1996)
···The Portrait of a Lady
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Madame Serena Merle)
(movie, 1996)
···The Pallbearer
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ruth Abernathy)
(movie, 1995)
···Last of the Dogmen
Genre: Adventure, Action, Western, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Prof. Lillian Diane Sloan)
(movie, 1993)
···A Dangerous Woman
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Frances Beechum)
(movie, 1993)
···Splitting Heirs
Genre: Comedy, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Duchess Lucinda)
(movie, 1993)
···Swing Kids
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Frau Müller)
(movie, 1993)
8.3Falling Down
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Elizabeth 'Beth' Travino)
(movie, 1993)
···Abraham
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Role: Actor (as Sarah)
(movie, 1992)
···Stay the Night
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Jimmie Sue Finger)
(movie, 1991)
···Defenseless
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Thelma 'T.K.' Knudsen Katwuller)
(movie, 1991)
···Paris Trout
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Hanna Trout)
(movie, 1990)
···A Killing in a Small Town
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Candy Morrison)
(movie, 1990)
···Tune in Tomorrow...
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Aunt Julia)
(movie, 1988)
···Beaches
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Hillary Whitney Essex)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mary Magdalene)
(movie, 1988)
···A World Apart
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Diana Roth)
(movie, 1987)
···Tin Men
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Nora Tilley)
(movie, 1987)
···A World Apart
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Diana Roth)
(movie, 1987)
···Passion Flower
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Julia Gaitland)
(movie, 1987)
···Shy People
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ruth)
(movie, 1986)
···Hoosiers
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Myra Fleener)
(movie, 1986)
···Hannah and Her Sisters
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Lee)
(movie, 1984)
···The Natural
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Harriet Bird)
(movie, 1983)
···The Right Stuff
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Glennis Yeager)
(movie, 1983)
···Americana
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jess's daughter)
(movie, 1982)
···The Entity
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Carla Moran)
(movie, 1982)
···Twilight Theater
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Various Characters)
(movie, 1981)
···Take This Job and Shove It
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as J.M. Halstead)
(movie, 1980)
···The Stunt Man
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nina Franklin)
(movie, 1980)
···Angel on My Shoulder
Genre: Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Julie)
(series, 1980)
···From Here to Eternity
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Karen Holmes)
(mini-series, 1979)
···A Man Called Intrepid
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Madelaine)
(movie, 1977)
···Just a Little Inconvenience
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Nikki Klausing)
(movie, 1976)
···The Last Hard Men
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Susan Burgade)
(movie, 1976)
···Trial by Combat
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Marion Evans)
(movie, 1975)
···Diamonds
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Sally)
(movie, 1973)
···Love Comes Quietly
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Angela)
(movie, 1972)
···Boxcar Bertha
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Boxcar Bertha)
(movie, 1971)
···The Pursuit of Happiness
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jane Kauffman)
(movie, 1969)
···Last Summer
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sandy)
(movie, 1969)
···Heaven with a Gun
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Leloopa)