February 5, 1948
Born and raised in Hollywood, Barbara Hershey studied drama during high school and in 1965 made her professional debut in the television series Gidget. That was followed by a regular role on the series The Monroes, in 1966-67. She went on to guest star in a number of other programs.
Hershey made her film debut in the 1968 film, With Six You Get Eggroll, followed by the western, Heaven With a Gun. It was while filming Boxcar Bertha in 1972 that she fell in love with co-star David Carradine, with whom she had her son, Free; he later changed his name to Tom. Interestingly, it was Barbara who introduced Martin Scorsese to the Nikos Kazantzakis novel The Last Temptation of Christ.
For several years she went by the name Barbara Seagull, supposedly after killing a seagull with her car in 1969 while filming Last Summer. Barbara travelled to the Netherlands to film the 1973 drama Angela, and won Best Actress honors at the Berlin Film Festival for her work. In spite of this, box office success continued to elude her. It was only with her compelling roles in the 1979 mini series From Here to Eternity and then in the feature The Stunt Man, that her career began to finally see its overdue resurrection.
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