Barbara Hershey is the only person to win two consecutive Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival, for "Shy People" in 1987 and "A World Apart" in 1988. Her role as Glynnis Yeager in the 1983 feature "The Right Stuff" kicked off a string of critically heralded performances in noteworthy films, including "The Natural," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Hoosiers," "Tin Men," "Beaches," "The Last Temptation of Christ" and her current release, "A Dangerous Woman," with Debra Winger.
Born and raised in a small bungalow in Hollywood, Barbara Hershey (born Barbara Herzstein) had dreams of being in movies as a little girl. Her major acting debut was on "The Monroes" (1966), where she played Kathy. Her motion picture career began with With Six You Get Eggroll (1968). For the next few years, she was typecast as a "wild child". She had a relationship with David Carradine, with whom she had a child they named Free. From 1972 to 1974 she changed her name from Barbara Hershey to Barbara Seagull. Her career was resurrected when she appeared in the miniseries "From Here to Eternity" (1979) and especially the feature The Stunt Man (1980). In that film she played an actress on the edge, which may have been influenced by her own life. Based upon her strong performance, other roles in quality films followed: The Right Stuff (1983); The Natural (1984); Hoosiers (1986) and Beaches (1988). A two-time winner of the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award, for her work in Shy People (1987) and A World Apart (1988), she also won an Emmy for her performance in A Killing in a Small Town (1990) (TV).
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