Barbara Hershey (born Barbara Lynn Herzstein; February 5, 1948), once known as Barbara Seagull, is an American actress.In a career spanning nearly 50 years, she has played a variety of roles on television and in cinema in several genres, including Westerns and comedies.
By the age of 10, she proved herself to be an "A" student.
Her high-school drama coach helped her find an agent, and in 1965, at age 17, she landed a role on Sally Field's television series Gidget.
Barbara Herzstein was born in Hollywood, California.
She is the daughter of Melrose (ne Moore) and Arnold Nathan Herzstein.
In 1969, Hershey co-starred in the Glenn Ford Western Heaven with a Gun.
On the set, she met and began a romantic relationship with actor David Carradine, who later starred in the television series Kung Fu (see Personal life).
Barbara said that she found Field to be very supportive of her in her first acting role.
According to The New York Times All Movie Guide, Barbara graduated from Hollywood High School in 1966, but David Carradine, in his autobiography, said she dropped out of high school after she began acting.
In the same year, she acted in the controversial drama Last Summer, which was based on Evan Hunter's eponymous novel.
In this film, Hershey played Sandy, the "heavy" who influences two young men (played by Bruce Davison and Richard Thomas) to rape another girl, Rhoda (played by Catherine Burns).
In addition, she has won two Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival for her roles in Shy People (1987) and A World Apart (1988).