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Barbara Hershey was born Barbara Lynn Herzstein in Hollywood, California, to Melrose (Moore) and Arnold Nathan Herzstein, a horse racing columnist. Her father, born in Manhattan, was from a Jewish family (from Hungary and Russia), and her mother, originally from Arkansas, had English and Scots-Irish ancestry. Hershey was raised in a small bungalow... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Black Swan
Black Swan Erica Sayers / The Queen
Falling Down
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 2014 Sister
Susan Presser
 2008 Childless
 2008 Uncross the Stars
 2007 Love Comes Lately
 2007 The Bird Can't Fly
 2004 Riding the Bullet
Jean Parker
 2003 11:14
 1999 Drowning on Dry Land
 1999 Passion
Rose Grainger
 1999 Breakfast of Champions
Celia Hoover
 1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Marcella Willis
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
 1991 Defenseless
Thelma 'T.K.' Knudsen Katwuller
 1991 Paris Trout
Hanna Trout
 1990 Tune in Tomorrow...
Aunt Julia
 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ
Mary Magdalene
 1988 A World Apart
Diana Roth
 1987 Shy People
 1981 Take This Job and Shove It
J.M. Halstead
 1981 Americana
Jess's daughter
 1976 A Dirty Knight's Work
Marion Evans
 1975 Diamonds
Sally (as Barbara Seagull)
 1974 The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder
Zanni (as Barbara Seagull)
 1974 You and Me
Waitress (as Barbara Seagull)
 1973 Love Comes Quietly
Angela (as Barbara Seagull)
 1971 The Pursuit of Happiness
Jane Kauffman
 1970 The Baby Maker
Tish Gray
 1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Nella Mundine
 1969 Last Summer
 1969 Heaven with a Gun
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Co-starred in a sitcom pilot for ABC called "The Princess and Me". She played a European princess traveling the U.S. incognito with Jeremy Slate as the U.S. State Department official who unhappily is assigned to accompany her. See more »

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3 Interviews | 2 Articles | 9 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Barbara Seagull


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

I am afraid of being lazy and complacent. I am afraid of taking myself too seriously.


Was considered to play as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (1992) but turned it down. See more »

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