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Barbara Hershey

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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 2016 The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Violet Drax
 2012-2016 Once Upon a Time (TV Series)
Cora / Queen of Hearts / Cora Mills
- Sisters (2016) ... Cora
- Mother (2015) ... Cora
- The Queen Is Dead (2013) ... Cora
 2014 Sister
Susan Presser
 2012 Left to Die (TV Movie)
Sandra Chase
 2008 Childless
 2008 Uncross the Stars
 2007 Love Comes Lately
 2007 The Bird Can't Fly
 2004-2005 The Mountain (TV Series)
Gennie Carver
- Great Expectations (2005) ... Gennie Carver
- Blood Money (2004) ... Gennie Carver
- Sacred Things (2004) ... Gennie Carver
- The One You're With (2004) ... Gennie Carver
- Pop Psychology (2004) ... Gennie Carver
 2004 Riding the Bullet
Jean Parker
 2004/I Paradise (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Paradise
 2003 11:14
 2003 Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me (TV Movie)
Ann Rule
 2003 Hunger Point (TV Movie)
Marsha Hunter
 2002 Daniel Deronda (TV Mini-Series)
Contessa Maria Alcharisi
- Episode #1.4 (2002) ... Contessa Maria Alcharisi
- Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Contessa Maria Alcharisi
 1999 Drowning on Dry Land
 1999 Passion
Rose Grainger
 1999 Breakfast of Champions
Celia Hoover
 1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Marcella Willis
 1998 The Staircase (TV Movie)
Mother Madalyn
 1995-1996 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (TV Series)
- The Fuzzy Bunny Show/The Milky Way (1996) ... Voices (as Herschel Sparber)
- The Punderground/Nightmare on Oak Street/Star Trash (1996) ... Voices (as Hershal Sparber)
- Felix in Nightdrop Land/Shocking Story (1995) ... Voices (as Hershal Sparber)
 1993 Abraham (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Sarah
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Sarah
 1993 Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Mini-Series)
Clara Allen
- The Passing (1993) ... Clara Allen
- The Legacy (1993) ... Clara Allen
- The Forge (1993) ... Clara Allen
- The Vision (1993) ... Clara Allen
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
 1992 Stay the Night (TV Movie)
Jimmie Sue Finger
 1991 Defenseless
Thelma 'T.K.' Knudsen Katwuller
 1991 Paris Trout
Hanna Trout
 1990 Tune in Tomorrow...
Aunt Julia
 1990 A Killing in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Candy Morrison
 1988 A World Apart
Diana Roth
 1987 Shy People
 1986 Passion Flower (TV Movie)
Julia Gaitland
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Jessie Dean
- Wake Me When I'm Dead (1985) ... Jessie Dean
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
The Maid
- The Nightingale (1983) ... The Maid
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Lenore / Call Girl
- Weekend (1982) ... Lenore
- Working (1982) ... Call Girl
 1982 Twilight Theater (TV Movie)
Various Characters
 1981 Take This Job and Shove It
J.M. Halstead
 1981 Americana
Jess's daughter
 1980 Angel on My Shoulder (TV Movie)
 1979 A Man Called Intrepid (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Madelaine
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Madelaine
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Madelaine
 1977 Sunshine Christmas (TV Movie)
Cody Blanks
 1977 Just a Little Inconvenience (TV Movie)
Nikki Klausing
 1977 In the Glitter Palace (TV Movie)
Ellen Lange
 1976 Flood! (TV Movie)
Mary Cutler
 1976 A Dirty Knight's Work
Marion Evans
 1975 Diamonds
Sally (as Barbara Seagull)
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Nan Chi
- Besieged: Cannon at the Gates (1974) ... Nan Chi (as Barbara Seagull)
- Besieged: Death on Cold Mountain (1974) ... Nan Chi (as Barbara Seagull)
 1974 The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder
Zanni (as Barbara Seagull)
 1974 You and Me
Waitress (as Barbara Seagull)
 1973 Love Story (TV Series)
Farrell Edwards
- The Roller Coaster Stops Here (1973) ... Farrell Edwards (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 Insight (TV Series)
 1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Nella Mundine
 1969 Last Summer
 1969 Heaven with a Gun
 1968 The Princess and Me (TV Movie)
 1968 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
- The Peacemaker (1968) ... Moonfire
 1968 The Invaders (TV Series)
Beth Ferguson
- The Miracle (1968) ... Beth Ferguson
 1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
- Saro-Jane, You Never Whispered Again (1968) ... Saro-Jane
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Dinah Hubbard
- The King's Shilling (1967) ... Dinah Hubbard
 1966-1967 The Monroes (TV Series)
Kathy Monroe
- Manhunt (1967) ... Kathy Monroe
- Trapped (1967) ... Kathy Monroe (credit only)
- Wild Bull (1967) ... Kathy Monroe
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Casey Holloway
- Holloway's Daughters (1966) ... Casey Holloway
 1965-1966 Gidget (TV Series)
Ellen / Karen
- Ask Helpful Hannah (1966) ... Ellen
- Love and the Single Gidget (1966) ... Karen
- Chivalry Isn't Dead (1965) ... Ellen
 1966 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
- Lo, the Smart Indian (1966) ... Lucy
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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 | Herschel Sparber | Hershal Sparber


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 for the role of an dangerous obsessive woman in Fatal Attraction (1987). She had played a similar role in The Natural (1984), where she stalks and shoots the hero, who loves a good woman, played by Glenn Close, who ironically, beat out Hershey for the role in Fatal Attraction (1987) in an against-type casting that made her a household name. See more »

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