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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 February 1948Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameBarbara Lynn Herzstein
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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, and had aspirations of being an actress from her earliest memories.

The multi-award-winning actress has been in some of Hollywood's most memorable films. She has been a winner of an Emmy and a Golden Globe for A Killing in a Small Town (1990). She won two consecutive Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival, (which is unprecedented) for Shy People (1987) and A World Apart (1988). She won a Gemini Award for Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008) for PBS and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vienna International Film Festival.

Hershey was nominated for an Academy Award for The Portrait of a Lady (1996).

She's worked with some of the world's great directors, among them - Martin Scorsese, William Wyler, Woody Allen, Jane Campion and Darren Aronofsky.

The versatile actress was first discovered by a talent agent while she was attending Hollywood High School. She began working in television, The Monroes (1966), and film, With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), with Doris Day. And with roles in The Baby Maker (1970) and Boxcar Bertha (1972), Hershey quickly advanced to starring roles.

The 1980's catapulted Hershey's film career, when she starred in The Stunt Man (1980) with 'Peter O'Toole', The Right Stuff (1983), The Natural (1984) with Robert Redford, Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) with Woody Allen, Hoosiers (1986) with Gene Hackman, Tin Men (1987), Shy People (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), A World Apart (1988) and Beaches (1988) with Bette Midler.

Hershey returned to television in 1990 with her highly-lauded performance in A Killing in a Small Town (1990), Paris Trout (1991), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), the British mini-series, Daniel Deronda (2002) and the last season of Chicago Hope (1994).

During the same period, Hershey remained active in features. She was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for The Portrait of a Lady (1996). She also starred in Merchant-Ivory's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) and the award-winning Australian film, Lantana (2001).

Recently, Hershey has recently performed in James Wan's cult-hit, Insidious (2010) and Darren Aronofsky's award-winning Black Swan (2010), playing Natalie Portman's insane mother.

Hershey resides in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Impression Entertainment

Spouse (1)

Stephen Douglas (8 August 1992 - 1993) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

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.
Member of the drill team and pom-pom squad in high school.
She has one child, a son she named Free. He later changed his name to Tom. His father is David Carradine.
Lived until late 2009 with her then partner, actor Naveen Andrews from the TV series Lost (2004) , who is 21 years her junior.
The first (and as of 2006 the only) performer to win back to back acting awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
Daughter of Arnold Herzstein.
Mother, with David Carradine, of son Tom Carradine.
As of 2007, she is the only woman to be cast twice in a major role in a movie by Martin Scorsese. The two movies are The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Boxcar Bertha (1972).
She was born at 10:01 AM - PST.
Met ex-boyfriend Naveen Andrews on the set of Drowning on Dry Land (1999). They were together until late 2009, although they split for a brief time in 2005 during which Naveen fathered a child, Naveen Joshua.
She gave the book of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) to Martin Scorsese, while filming Boxcar Bertha (1972) with him.
Was considered to play as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (1992) but turned it down.
Acted for several years as Barbara Seagull because of a seagull that was accidentally killed during the filming of "Last Summer." At the time, she said she felt she had absorbed the seagull's spirit.
Barbara's father, Arnold Nathan Herzstein, was Ashkenazi Jewish. Barbara's paternal grandparents, Samuel Herzstein and Dora E. Sable, were from Shrepkow, Hungary and Russia, respectively. Barbara's mother, Melrose E. (Moore), who was originally from Arkansas, had English and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry.
Her five favourite films of all time are The Wizard of Oz (1939), Bicycle Thieves (1948), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Raging Bull (1980) and Narayama bushikô (1983).
As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Right Stuff (1983), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Black Swan (2010).

Personal Quotes (1)

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

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