Barbara Hershey - Rotten Tomatoes

Barbara Hershey

Highest Rated:   98% The Right Stuff (1983)
Lowest Rated:   8% Splitting Heirs (1993)
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Birthplace:   Hollywood, California, USA
While a prolific screen presence from the late-'60s onward, Barbara Hershey did not truly attain star status until two decades later, finally blossoming to become one of the most acclaimed American actresses of her generation. Born Barbara Herzstein on February 5, 1948, in Hollywood, CA, she studied drama during high school and in 1965 made her professional debut in the teen television romp Gidget. From 1966 to 1967, she was a regular on the series The Monroes and subsequently guest starred in a number of other programs. Hershey made her film bow in 1968's With Six You Get Eggroll, followed by the Western Heaven With a Gun and Last Summer. After a number of other lesser projects, she starred as the title heroine in 1972's Boxcar Bertha, the first major theatrical release from a then-unknown Martin Scorsese. David Carradine, Hershey's onscreen partner in crime, became her offscreen companion as well. Carradine directed them both in Americana (filmed in 1973 but not shown until eight years later), and together they had a child, Free.In another nod to the counterculture, Hershey rechristened herself "Barbara Seagull" and traveled to the Netherlands to film the 1973 drama Angela, winning Best Actress honors for her work at the Berlin Film Festival. Still, box-office success continued to elude her, and her resumé remained littered with undistinguished projects including the 1974 heist drama Diamonds, the 1976 comedy A Choice of Weapons, and the Western The Last Hard Men. By 1977, Hershey -- having dropped the "Seagull" surname -- turned to television, where she appeared in the Irwin Allen disaster production Flood! as well as the miniseries A Man Called Intrepid and the 1979-1980 weekly program From Here to Eternity. The 1980 comedy The Stunt Man, actually shot two years earlier, marked Hershey's return to feature films, and was followed by 1981's Take This Job and Shove It and the 1982 horror picture The Entity. By this point, Hershey -- once viewed as a rising star -- had been largely written off by the Hollywood powers-that-be. However, in 1983, she accepted a small role in Philip Kaufman's acclaimed The Right Stuff which garnered her considerable notice. She followed it with another small but pivotal role in Barry Levinson's 1984 baseball fable The Natural, and after a pair of well-regarded television projects -- the 1985 Errol Flynn bio My Wicked, Wicked Ways and 1986's Passion Flower -- Hershey's name was back on the map. After years of low-budget and low-brow projects, suddenly she was a fixture of high-profile features including Woody Allen's masterful 1986 effort Hannah and Her Sisters, David Anspaugh's Hoosiers, and Levinson's 1987 comedy Tin Men. Also in 1987, Hershey's turn in Andrei Konchalovsky's Shy People won Best Actress honors at the Cannes Film Festival, an award she again took home the following year for her performance in Chris Menges' A World Apart.Hershey also excelled in more mainstream affairs, appearing opposite Bette Midler in the weeper Beaches. In 1988, she and Scorsese reunited for the first time since Boxcar Bertha in The Last Temptation of Christ, in which she appeared as Mary Magdalene, winning a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. In 1990, Hershey returned to television to star in the movie A Killing in a Small Town, for which she won an Emmy. Back in the movies, she remained noted for her performances in offbeat fare like 1990's Tune in Tomorrow, 1993's Falling Down, and 1996's The Pallbearer. For her supporting performance in Jane Campion's 1996 adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady, Hershey also earned an Academy Award nomination. In 1998, the actress won further praise for her role as Kris Kristofferson's bohemian wife in A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries. The same year, she appeared as a struggling actress in Amos Poe's Frogs for Snakes, and then went on to play Bruce Willis' wife in the highly anticipated 1999 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. She appeared in the dr

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax
  • Violet
2016
No Score Yet The Natural: The Best There Ever Was
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Childless
  • Natalie
2015
39% Insidious: Chapter 2
  • Lorraine Lambert
$71.5M 2013
No Score Yet Left to Die
  • Sandra Chase
2012
9% Answers to Nothing
  • Marilyn
$22.5k 2011
66% Insidious
  • Lorraine Lambert
$53.8M 2011
87% Black Swan
  • Erica Sayers/The Queen
$107M 2010
No Score Yet Nick Nolte: No Exit
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning
  • Anne Shirley
2009
No Score Yet Albert Schweitzer
  • Helene Schweitzer
2009
71% Love Comes Lately
  • Rosalie
2008
No Score Yet Uncross the Stars
  • Hilda Limberlost
2008
No Score Yet Drowning on Dry Land
  • Kate
2008
No Score Yet Bird Can't Fly
  • Melody
2007
27% Riding the Bullet
  • Jean Parker
$0.2M 2004
No Score Yet Paradise
  • Elizabeth
2004
92% 11:14
  • Norma
2003
No Score Yet The Stranger Beside Me
  • Ann Rule
2003
No Score Yet Hunger Point
  • Marsha Hunter
2003
No Score Yet Daniel Deronda
  • Actor
2002
90% Lantana
  • Valerie
$4.3M 2002
No Score Yet Outer Space
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet A World Apart
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man'
  • Actor
2000
26% Breakfast of Champions
  • Celia Hoover
1999
27% Frogs for Snakes
  • Eva
1999
77% A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
  • Marcella
1998
No Score Yet The Staircase
  • Mother Madalyn
1998
43% The Portrait of a Lady
  • Madame Serena Merle
1996
42% The Pallbearer
  • Ruth Abernathy
1996
69% Last of the Dogmen
  • Lillian Sloan
1995
No Score Yet Abraham
  • Sarah
1994
67% A Dangerous Woman
  • Frances
1993
8% Splitting Heirs
  • Duchess Lucinda
1993
43% Swing Kids
  • Frau Müller
1993
73% Falling Down
  • Beth
1993
64% The Public Eye
  • Kay Levitz
1992
No Score Yet Defenseless
  • Thelma Knudsen Katwuller
1991
No Score Yet Paris Trout
  • Hanna Trout
1991
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
  • Aunt Julia
1990
No Score Yet A Killing in a Small Town
  • Candy Morrison
1990
29% Beaches
  • Hillary Whitney Essex
1988
82% The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Mary Magdalene
1988
88% A World Apart
  • Diana Roth
1988
67% Shy People
  • Ruth Sullivan
1987
79% Tin Men
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Legends - Live at Montreux 1997
  • Nora Tilley
1987
88% Hoosiers
  • Myra Fleener
1986
No Score Yet Passion Flower
  • Julia Gaitland
1986
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Lee
1986
No Score Yet My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn
  • Lili Damita
1985
81% The Natural
  • Harriet Bird
1984
98% The Right Stuff
  • Glennis
1983
80% The Entity
  • Clara Morgan
1982
No Score Yet Working
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Americana
  • Jess' daughter
1981
No Score Yet Take This Job and Shove It
  • J.M. Halstead
1981
89% The Stunt Man
  • Nina Franklin
1980
No Score Yet In the Glitter Palace
  • Ellen
1977
No Score Yet Woman Accused
  • Ellen
1977
No Score Yet Flood!
  • Mary Cutler
1976
No Score Yet The Last Hard Men
  • Susan Burgade
1976
No Score Yet Choice of Weapons
  • Marion
1976
No Score Yet Diamonds
  • Sally
1975
48% Boxcar Bertha
  • Boxcar Bertha
1972
No Score Yet Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues
  • Susan
1972
No Score Yet The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Jane Kauffman
1971
No Score Yet The Liberation of L.B. Jones
  • Nella Mundine
1970
No Score Yet The Baby Maker
  • Tish Gray
1970
86% Last Summer
  • Sandy
1969
No Score Yet Heaven with a Gun
  • Leloopa
1969
No Score Yet With Six You Get Eggroll
  • Stacey Iverson
1968
No Score Yet Experiments in Terror
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Turkey Shoot: Beaches
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
11% Damien
2016
  • Ann Rutledge
  • 2016
81% Once Upon a Time
2011
  • Geppetto/Marco Cora Greg Mendell
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
59% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
2013-2014
  • Cora
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mrs. Hubbard Contessa Maria Alcharisi
  • 2010
  • 2003

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