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Barbara Hershey Biography

Birth Name:
Barbara Lynn Herzstein
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Got her big break appearing in the 1960s TV series Gidget
  • Changed her professional name to Barbara Seagull in the 1970s in tribute to a seagull she accidentally killed while filming the 1969 drama Last Summer
  • During the making of the 1972 film Boxcar Bertha, she gave young director Martin Scorsese a copy of the book The Last Temptation of Christ; he directed the film adaptation in 1988 and cast her as Mary Magdalene
  • Was the first to win two consecutive Best Actress awards at Cannes (1987 for Shy People and 1988 for A World Apart)

Awards

  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1996Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1996Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1996National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: winner
  • 1989Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1988Cannes Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 1987BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1987Cannes Film Festival-Best Actress: winner

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