Once Upon A Time ♦ Beaches ♦ Damien ♦ Hannah & Her Sisters ♦ Insidious 1 & 2 ♦ Chicago Hope ♦ Black Swan
Multi award-winning actress Barbara Hershey has showcased her talent in some of Hollywood’s most memorable films, television movies, miniseries and series. Hershey, winner of an Emmy® and Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for A Killing in a Small Town, also garnered unprecedented back-to-back Best Actress Awards at the Cannes Film Festival for her performances in Shy People and A World Apart, as well as an Academy Award® nomination for The Portrait of a Lady and a BAFTA nomination for Black Swan.
The Hollywood native made her feature film debut in With Six You Get Eggroll. With her roles in The Baby Maker and Boxcar Bertha, she quickly advanced to starring roles.
The 1980s catapulted Hershey’s film career to star status. She starred in The Stunt Man with Peter O’Toole; The Right Stuff with Ed Harris, Sam Shepard and Scott Glenn; The Natural with Robert Redford and Robert Duvall; Hannah and Her Sisters with Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest and Michael Caine; Hoosiers with Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper; Tin Men with Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito; Shy People with Jill Clayburgh; The Last Temptation of Christ with Willem Dafoe and Harvey Keitel; Beaches with Bette Midler and John Heard; and A World Apart with Tim Roth.
Hershey triumphantly returned to television in 1990 with her award-winning performance as Candy Morrison in A Killing in a Small Town with Brian Dennehy and Hal Holbrook. She continued her string of television successes with her portrayal of Clara Allen in the miniseries “Return to Lonesome Dove” with Jon Voight and Louis Gossett, Jr. and also with her role as Dr. Francesca Alberghetti in David E. Kelly’s “Chicago Hope” on CBS.
During the same period, Hershey remained active in feature films. She was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance in The Portrait of a Lady with Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich. She also starred in Merchant Ivory’s A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries and the award-winning Lantana from acclaimed Australian director Ray Lawrence.
In 2007, Hershey starred in both The Bird Can’t Fly directed by Threes Anna and Love Comes Lately directed by Jan Schütte. Both premiered to critical acclaim at both the San Sebastián and Toronto film festivals.
Hershey then returned to television to star with Shirley MacLaine in Kevin Sullivan’s “Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning” for PBS. Portraying an older Anne Shirley, she received a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries.
Next, Hershey costarred opposite Jeroen Krabbé as Helene in Albert Schweitzer, Gavin Millar’s biopic of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning physician, philosopher and theologian Albert Schweitzer.
In December 2009, Hershey costarred with David Suchet as the iconic Caroline Hubbard in the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” part of ITV’s “Agatha Christie: Poirot” series.
Hershey costarred opposite Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in James Wan’s Insidious, the story of a family beset by vengeful spirits from another realm. The film premiered in 2011 at the Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness; it went on to become one of the year’s most profitable films. The sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2, was released in September 2013 with Hershey reprising her role as Lorraine Lambert.
In 2011, she also costarred opposite Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-nominated film Black Swan for Fox Searchlight. The film was chosen as the opening night film at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and had its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. In addition to Hershey’s BAFTA nomination, the entire cast was nominated for a SAG award.
In late 2012, Hershey was seen in Left to Die, a television film event for Lifetime® directed by Leon Ichaso (multi award- winner for Piñero). Based on true events, Hershey portrayed Sandra Chase, an innocent woman who was imprisoned in Ecuador after being arrested for drug trafficking.
Hershey can be seen as Cora Mills/Queen of Hearts, mother to Lana Parilla’s Regina Mills/Evil Queen, in the second season of the ABC hit series, “Once Upon a Time,” with the role reprised in a season four episode. Hershey also appeared in the spin-off series, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” which aired in March of 2014.
Hershey costarred opposite Scott Reid in David Lascher’s Sister as Susan Presser. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014. Hershey recently starred in the A&E® TV series, “Damien,” the continuation of The Omen.
Hershey resides in Los Angeles.
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