Barbara got her acting start in 1965 appearing in an episode of the TV series Gidget starring Sally Field, Don Porter and Lynette Winter. She appeared in two more episodes the following year as well as two episodes of the television show The Farmer's Daughter starring Inger co-starring Inger Stevens, William Windom and Cathleen Nesbitt. She starred in two episodes that year.
Later in 1966, Hershey landed her first television series role as Kathy Monroe in the show The Monroes. She co-starred with Michael Anderson Jr. (Clayt Monroe), Keith Schultz (Jefferson Monroe), Kevin Schultz (Fennimore Monroe), and Tammy Locke (Amy Monroe). The series also starred Liam Sullivan (Major Mapoy), Ron Soble (Dirty Jim), Ben Johnson (Sleeve), and James Westmoreland (Ruel Jaxon). Barbara played the role of Kathy Monroe for two years until the show ended.
|Cast of The Monroes - L to R: Kevin Schultz, Keith Schultz, Ron Sable (holding cougar cub), Michael Anderson Jr, Barabara Hershey and Tammy Locke|
After The Monroes, Hershey appeared in the TV show Daniel Boone starring Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, Ed Ames, and Dal McKennon (1967); Run for Your Life starring Ben Gazzara (1968); The Invaders starring Roy Thinnes, Dick Wesson, William Woodson, and Kent Smith (1968); and The High Chaparral starring Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Linda Cristal, Henry Darrow, and Mark Slade (1968).
In 1968, Hershey made her film debut in With Six You Get Eggroll. She co-starred with Doris Day, Brian Keith, Alice Ghostley, George Carlin, Pat Carroll, Jamie Farr, Elaine Devry, William Christopher, John Findl, and Herb Voland. This was followed the next year with the film Heaven with a Gun. She co-starred with Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, David Carradine, John Anderson, Noah Beery Jr., Barbara Babcock, J.D. Cannon, and Harry Townes.
|The cast of With Six You Get Eggroll 1968|
This launched Hershey's career as film actress as she went on to star in Last Summer with Richard Thomas, Catherine Burns, Bruce Davison, and Ernesto Gonzalez (1969); The Liberation of L.B. Jones co-starring Lee J. Cobb, Anthony Zerbe, Lee Majors, Lola Falana, Roscoe Lee Browne, Yaphet Kotto, Chill Wills, and Arch Johnson (1970); The Baby Maker co-starring Collin Wilcox Paxton, Scott Glenn, Sam Groom, Jeannie Berlin, Paul Linke, and Bobby Pickett (1970); The Pursuit of Happiness co-starring Michael Sarrazin, Arthur Hill, E.G. Marshall, Ruth White, Robert Klein, Peter White, Sada Thompson, William Devane, Ralph Waite, and Barnard Hughes (1971); Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues co-starring Howard Gardner, John Lithgow, Robert F. Lyons, Nancy Belle Fuller, Ellen Barber, Paul Williams, and Charles Durning (1972); Boxcar Bertha co-starring David Carradine, John Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey, Ann Morell, and Victor Argo (1972).
|David Carradine and Barbara Hershey in Boxcar Bertha 1972|
In 1973, Hershey changed her last name to Seagull and her success dwindled. Under this name she starred in shows and movies such as Love Comes Quietly co-starring Sandy van der Linden, Ralph Meeker, Kitty Janssen, and Ward de Ravet (1973); the show Love Story starring Harry Basch, Tony Becker, Don Murray, Louise Lasser, and Joan Tompkins (1973); The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder co-starring Timothy Bottoms, George Marshall, Dena Dietrich, Richard Dysart, Albert Salmi, and Lawrence Pressman (1974); Kung Fu starring David Carradine, Radames Pera and Keye Luke (1975); You and Me co-starring David Carradine, Chipper Chadbourne, Bobbie Shaw Chance, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, Gary Busey, and Dennis Fimple (1975); and Diamonds co-starring Robert Shaw, Richard Roundtree, Joseph Shiloach, and Shelley Winters (1975).
|Barbara Hershey in Kung Fu 1975|
In 1976, Barbara changed her stage name back to Hershey and went on to star in The Last Hard Men co-starring Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Larry Wilcox, Michael Parks, Jorge Rivero, and Morgan Paull (1976); A Dirty Knight's Work co-starring John Mills, Donald Pleasence, Margaret Leighton, Peter Cushing, David Birney, Bernard Hill, and Brian Glover (1976); Flood! co-starring Robert Culp, Martin Milner, Roddy McDowall, Richard Basehart, Carol Lynley, and Leif Garrett (1976); In the Glitter Palace co-starring Chad Everett, Ron Masak, Howard Duff, Diana Scarwid, Anthony Zerbe, and Ron Rifkin (1977); Just a Little Inconvenience co-starring Lee Majors, James Stacy, Jim Davis, Lane Bradbury, Bob Hastings, Charles Cioffi, and John Furey (1977); Sunshine Christmas co-starring Cliff De Young, Meg Foster, Corey Fischer, Elizabeth Cheshire, Bill Mumy, Pat Hingle, and Eileen Heckart (1977); and A Man Called Intrepid co-starring David Niven, Michael York, Nigel Stock, Paul Harding, Renée Asherson, and Peter Gilmore (1979).
|Barbara Hershey in A Man Called Intrepid 1979|
Hershey began the 80s starring in From Here to Eternity co-starring Kim Basinger, William Devane and Roy Thinnes (1980); Angel on My Shoulder co-starring Peter Strauss, Richard Kiley, Seymour Cassel, Janis Paige, and Billy Jayne (1980); The Stunt Man co-starring Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Sharon Farrell, Alex Rocco, John Garwood, and Allen Garfield (1980); Take This Job and Shove It co-starring Robert Hays, Art Carney, David Keith, Eddie Albert, Martin Mull, Tim Thomerson, Art Carney, and Penelope Milford (1981); Twilight Theater co-starring Bob Denver, Steve Martin, Leslie Nielsen, Rick Moranis, Mr. T, Pam Dawber, Rosemary Clooney, Shelley Duvall, and Harry Anderson (1982); The Entity co-starring Ron Silver, David Labiosa, Margaret Blye, Allan Rich, Alex Rocco, George Coe, Jacqueline Brookes, Michael Alldredge, and Richard Brestoff (1982); Americana co-starring David Carradine, Michael Greene, John Blyth Barrymore, Bruce Carradine, Arnold Herzstein, Dan Haggerty, and David Kern (1983); The Right Stuff co-starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Fred Ward, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Veronica Cartwright, Pamela Reed, Kim Stanley, Lance Henriksen, Mary Jo Deschanel, and Donald Moffat (1983); The Natural co-starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Wilford Brimley, Glenn Close, Joe Don Baker, Richard Farnsworth, and Alan Fudge (1984); My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn co-starring Duncan Regehr, Adrian Aron, William Beckley, James Bacon, Denise Crosby, and George Coe (1985); and Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Wake Me When I'm Dead co-starring Brian Bedford, George Innes, Reid Shelton, Buck Henry, and Carolyn Seymour (1985).
|Barbara Hershey in The Natural 1984|
Barbara led of the second half of the 80s starring in Hannah and Her Sisters co-starring Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Maureen O'Sullivan, Max von Sydow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julie Kavner, and Lloyd Nolan (1986); Hoosiers co-starring Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Chelcie Ross, Sheb Wooley, Robert Swan, Gloria Dorson, Fern Persons, and Michael Sassone (1986); Passion Flower co-starring Bruce Boxleitner, Nicol Williamson, Dick O'Neill, and John Waters (1987); Tin Men co-starring Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Seymour Cassel, J.T. Walsh, Bruno Kirby, John Mahoney, Jackie Gayle, Richard Portnow, Alan Blumenfeld, and Stanley Brock (1987); Shy People co-starring Jill Clayburgh, Martha Plimpton, Don Swayze, Mare Winningham, Merritt Butrick, John Philbin, and Pruitt Taylor Vince (1987); A World Apart co-starring David Suchet, Jodhi May, Jeroen Krabbé, Tim Roth, Kate Fitzpatrick, Nadine Chalmers, Maria Pilar, and Phyllis Naidoo (1988); The Last Temptation of Christ co-starring William Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Steve Shill, Verna Bloom, Paul Greco, Gary Basaraba, Roberts Blossom, and John Lurie (1988); and Beaches co-starring Bette Midler, John Heard, Lainie Kazan, John Heard, Grace Johnston, Spalding Gray, James Read, and Mayim Bialik (1988).
|Barbara Hershey and William Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ 1988|