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Hershey, Barbara


HERSHEY, BARBARA (Barbara Herzstein ; 1948–), U.S. actress. Born in Hollywood, California, Hershey made her professional debut as a teenager in 1965 on the television series Gidget, then starred on the tv series The Monroes (1966–67). From the late 1960s on, she acted in such feature films as Last Summer (1969), The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970), Dealing (1972), Boxcar Bertha (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), The Right Stuff (1983), The Natural (1984), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Hoosiers (1986), Tin Men (1987), Shy People (Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress, 1987), A World Apart (Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress, 1988), The Last Temptation of Christ (Golden Globe nomination, 1988), Beaches (1988), Falling Down (1993), A Dangerous Woman (1993), The Pallbearer (1996), The Portrait of a Lady (Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, 1996), Breakfast of Champions (1999), Passion (1999), Lantana (2001), and Riding the Bullet (2004).

Hershey has appeared in a number of television movies, such as A Man Called Intrepid (1979), Angel on My Shoulder (1980), A Killing in a Small Town (Emmy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress, 1990), Paris Trout (Emmy nomination for Best Actress, 1991), Hunger Point (2003), and Paradise (2004). She has also appeared in such tv series as From Here to Eternity (1980), Twilight Theater (1982), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), Chicago Hope (1999–2000), and The Mountain (2004).

[Jonathan Licht /

Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)]

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