Photo of Barbara Hershey Barbara Hershey

Born Feb. 5, 1948, in Hollywood, Calif., Barbara Hershey was discovered in a student production at Hollywood High School and began her acting career with TV roles (in "Gidget" and "The Monroes") before making her film debut in With Six You Get Eggroll (1968).

She made an impression as a vicious teen in 1969's Last Summer and finally landed a lead role in Martin Scorsese's first feature, Boxcar Bertha (1972). Often typecast as a flower girl early in her career, Hershey eventually grew into more mature and varied roles, giving notable performances in 1980s films such as The Right Stuff, The Natural, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hoosiers, Beaches and The Last Temptation of Christ.

Two late-1980s films, A World Apart and Shy People, won her Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival. She also earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1996's The Portrait of a Lady.

Barbara Hershey in Beaches

Beaches

1988 PG-13

Hillary (Barbara Hershey) is an unprepossessing WASP and Cecilia (Bette Midler) is an aspiring Jewish nightclub singer. But what began as an improbable friendship on the Atlantic City boardwalk becomes an unbreakable bond that's tested repeatedly when the chips are down. As the girls come into adulthood, they alternately fight over the affections of the same man (John Heard) and help each other manage their complicated lives.

  • Barbara Hershey in The 9th Life of Louis Drax The 9th Life of Louis Drax
  • Barbara Hershey in Black Swan Black Swan
  • Barbara Hershey in The Right Stuff The Right Stuff
  • Barbara Hershey in The Entity The Entity
  • Barbara Hershey in The Portrait of a Lady The Portrait of a Lady
  • Barbara Hershey in Insidious: Chapter 2 Insidious: Chapter 2
  • Barbara Hershey in Insidious Insidious
  • Barbara Hershey in The Last Temptation of Christ The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Barbara Hershey in The Natural The Natural
  • Barbara Hershey in Hannah and Her Sisters Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Barbara Hershey in Hoosiers Hoosiers
  • Barbara Hershey in Tin Men Tin Men
  • Barbara Hershey in Falling Down Falling Down
  • Barbara Hershey in With Six You Get Eggroll With Six You Get Eggroll
  • Barbara Hershey in The Stunt Man The Stunt Man
  • Barbara Hershey in Swing Kids Swing Kids
  • Barbara Hershey in 11:14 11:14
  • Barbara Hershey in The Bible Collection: Abraham The Bible Collection: Abraham
  • Barbara Hershey in Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express
  • Barbara Hershey in A World Apart A World Apart
  • Barbara Hershey in Lantana Lantana
  • Barbara Hershey in Daniel Deronda Daniel Deronda
  • Barbara Hershey in Breakfast of Champions Breakfast of Champions
  • Barbara Hershey in Answers to Nothing Answers to Nothing
  • Barbara Hershey in Riding the Bullet Riding the Bullet
  • Barbara Hershey in Left to Die: The Sandra and Tammi Chase... Left to Die: The Sandra and Tammi Chase...
  • Barbara Hershey in Gidget: The Complete Series Gidget: The Complete Series
  • Barbara Hershey in The Pursuit of Happiness The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Barbara Hershey in Working Working
  • Barbara Hershey in Return to Lonesome Dove Return to Lonesome Dove
  • Barbara Hershey in Splitting Heirs Splitting Heirs
  • Barbara Hershey in The Sinister Saga of Making The Stunt Man The Sinister Saga of Making The Stunt Man
  • Barbara Hershey in Paradise Paradise
  • Barbara Hershey in Love Comes Lately Love Comes Lately