More Barbara Hershey Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Barbara Hershey has demonstrated remarkable range and versatility throughout her career. Most recently, her performance as Madame Merle in Jane Campion's period drama, A Portrait of a Lady garnered Hershey her first Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination as well as an L.A. Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Hershey first caused a sensation with her performance as a sexually promiscuous tease in Last Summer. She then went on to star as a surrogate mother in James Bridges' controversial drama, The Baby Maker, and a barefoot train robber from Arkansas in Martin Scorsese's depression era feature, Boxcar Bertha.
She made the transition from ingenue to leading lady in the Academy Award nominated film The Stuntman opposite Peter O'Toole and directed by Richard Rush. Next she starred as an insane fan in Barry Levinson's The Natural, a repressed school teacher opposite Gene Hackman in Hoosiers, and as Chuck Yeager's wife, Glorious Glennis, in Phil Kaufman's highly regarded The Right Stuff. A big milestone in Hershey's career was starring in Woody Allen's classic Hannah and Her Sisters. She also starred in Martin Scorsese's controversial The Last Temptation of Christ which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal as Mary Magdalene. Hershey has also had the unprecedented honor of winning the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival two years in a row for her tough hard-bitten Bayou woman in Andre Konchalovsky's Shy People and for her portrayal of South African anti-Apartheid journalist in A World Apart. Other notable film credits include: Tin Men, Beaches, Splitting Heirs, The Public Eye, Falling Down, Paris Trout, Defenseless and Tune in Tomorrow.
On television, Barbara portrayed a suburban axe murderess in Killing in a Small Town, for which she won both an Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Actress. Hershey is currently in Australia filming the feature Passion for director Peter Duncan.
Bio courtesy Hollywood Pictures (01-Jan-2000)