Thursday, April 19, 2012

Barbara Hershey Star of Hannah and Her Sisters, Beaches, and Black Swan

Barbara Lynn Herzstein was born February 5, 1948 in Hollywood, California.  She has been acting for many years but is most well know for her roles in the 1980s. Early in her career during the 1960s, Barbara starred as Kathy Monroe in the television series The Monroes. Later in her career she was well known for starring in Hannah and Her Sisters as well as the film Beaches.  She also starred as Dr. Francesca Alberghetti in the television series Chicago Hope. More recently she appeared in Black Swan as Erica Sayers.

Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey

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 (with cougar), Michael Anderson Jr, Barabara Hershey and Tammy Locke
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
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
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
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
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 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 Defoe in The Last Temptation of Christ 1988
Barbara Hershey and William Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ 1988

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Natalie Wood star of Rebel Without A Cause, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Miracle on 34th St

Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko was born July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California.  Her parents were Russian immigrants.  When Natalia began acting, the studio she worked for changed her name to Natalie Wood.  Her younger sister Svetlana also an actress, used the stage name Wood and was known as Lana Wood.  Natalie is best known for her role as little Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street.  She also starred in Rebel Without A Cause with James Dean, West Side Story, and played Gypsy Rose Lee in the film Gypsy.  Natalie was married to actor Robert Wagner with whom she co-starred in several films.

Natalie Wood played the young Susan Walker who didn't believe in Santa Clause in Miracle on 34th Street 1947

Natalie landed her first minor role in the 1943 film The Moon Is Down starring Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Travers, Peter van Eyck, Lee J. Cobb, and Dorris Bowdon.  This was quickly followed by another minor role in Happy Land starring Don Ameche, Ann Rutherford, Frances Dee, Harry Carey, Harry Morgan, Richard Crane, and Cara Williams.

In 1946, Wood landed her first credited film role in Tomorrow Is Forever co-starring Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent, Richard Long, and Lucile Watson.  That same year she also starred in The Bride Wore Boots with Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Cummings, Diana Lynn, Peggy Wood, Willie Best, Patric Knowles, and Robert Benchley. 

It was in 1947 that little Natatlie Wood landed the starring role as Susan Walker, the little girl who didn't believe in Santa Clause in the Holiday film Miracle on 34th Street. She co-starred with Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne and Gene Lockhart. The film is still a popular choice of movie lovers at Christmas time to this day. That year, Natalie also starred in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir with Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best, Robert Coote, and Anna Lee.

Natalie Wood (Susan Walker) and Edmund Gwenn (Santa Clause) in Miracle on 34th Street 1947

Wood would go on to star in Driftwood co-starring Ruth Warrick, Walter Brennan, Charlotte Greenwood, Dean Jagger, Margaret Hamilton, and Jerome Cowan (1947); Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! co-starring June Haver, Anne Revere, Lon McCallister, Walter Brennan, Robert Karnes, Tom Tully, and Henry Hull (1948); Chicken Every Sunday co-starring Dan Dailey, Celeste Holm, Alan Young, Colleen Townsend, and William Frawley (1949); The Green Promise co-starring Marguerite Chapman, Walter Brennan, Robert Paige, Connie Marshall, Ted Donaldson, and Robert Ellis (1949); and Father Was a Fullback co-starring Fred MacMurray, Maureen O'Hara, Betty Lynn, Thelma Ritter, Jim Backus, Rudy Vallee, and Buddy Martin (1949).

Natalie Wood circa 1950

Natalie started off the 1950s starring in No Sad Songs for Me co-starring Margaret Sullavan, John McIntire, Wendell Corey, Ann Doran, and Viveca Lindfors (1950); Our Very Own co-starring Ann Blyth, Farley Granger, Jane Wyatt, Joan Evans, Donald Cook, Martin Milner, and Ann Dvorak (1950); Never a Dull Moment co-starring Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray, Andy Devine, William Demarest, Ann Doran, Gigi Perreau, and Jack Kirkwood (1950); and The Jackpot co-starring James Stewart, Barbara Hale, Patricia Medina, James Gleason, Alan Mowbray, and Fred Clark (1950).

In 1951, Natalie starred in Dear Brat with Mona Freeman, Billy De Wolfe, Mary Philips, Edward Arnold, and Lyle Bettger; The Blue Veil co-starring Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Blondell, Richard Carlson, Alan Napier, and Vivian Vance; The Rose Bowl Story co-starring Marshall Thompson, Vera Miles, Richard Rober, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, and Keith Larsen; Just for You co-starring Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Robert Arthur, Ethel Barrymore, and Cora Witherspoon; and The Star co-starring Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Minor Watson, and Warner Anderson.

It was in 1953 that Natalie landed her first recurring role in a series, although it was only a few episodes of The Pride of the Family.  She played the role of Ann Morrison and co-starred with Larry J. Blake, Paul Hartman, Fay Wray, Joey D. Vieira, and Robert Hyatt.  She appeared in six episodes of the show over two years until it ended in 1954.

Cast of the television show The Pride of the Family

During her run on The Pride of the Family, she played the recurring role of June on the television series Mayor of the Town.  She co-starred with Kathleen Freeman (Marilly), Thomas Mitchell (Mayor Thomas Russell), Jean Byron (Minnie), David Saber (Butch), and Tudor Owen (Joe Ainsley).  She appeared in four episodes of the show in 1954.

After The Pride of the Family and Mayor of the Town, Natalie appeared in mostly television shows for a couple of years with a couple of films mixed in between.  Appearances such as The Public Defender starring Reed Hadley, Robert Bice, Gladys Holland, James Flavin, and Steven Geray (1954); Studio 57 starring Morris Ankrum, Eleanor Audley, Jean Byron, Pauline Moore, and Gay Lynn (1954); The Silver Chalice co-starring Virginia Mayo, Pier Angeli, Lorne Greene, Jack Palance, Paul Newman, E.G. Marshall, Joseph Wiseman, and Walter Hampden (1954); G.E. True Theater: I'm a Fool with Eddie Albert, James Dean, and Fiona Hale (1954); The Ford Television Theatre: Too Old for Dolls co-starring Joyce Coates, Laraine Day, Tommy Cook, and Franchot Tone (1955); and One Desire co-starring Anne Baxter, Rock Hudson, William Hopper, Julie Adams, and Carl Benton Reid (1955).