Barbara Hershey was born Barbara Herzstein on February 5, 1948, in Hollywood, California, to Arnold Norman, a horse-racing columnist and Melrose Herzstein.
Barbara was lanky, thin, and painfully shy, although by the age of ten she distinguished herself as an “A” student.
She was very quiet; many assumed she was deaf. She was given the name Sarah Bernhardt because of her dramatic performances in the backyard.
The Chicago Tribune referred to Hershey as “one of America’s finest actresses.”
She earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for her role in a mini series entitled A Small Town In Miami and an Academy Award nomination for Portrait of a Lady.
Additionally, she won an award for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ for her portrayal of Mary Magdalene.
She won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Shy People.
Hershey was featured in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters and many other less memorable films, television movies, and several television series.
It is aptly stated and validated to be true that Hershey is a “great little actress, not just a pretty face”. However, she did not attain professional acclaim, recognition for her gift, or success until after almost twenty years into her career had passed.
Did She Have Cosmetic Surgery?
In the movie, Beaches Barbara’s cosmetically augmented, lush, and full lips stole the show. Comedian Steve Harvey referred to her as “that little big lipped girl”.
Erma Brombeck stated in an article: “I have no idea what ‘Beaches‘ was all about. All I could focus on was Barbara Hershey’s lips. She looked like she stopped off at a gas station and someone said, ‘your lips are down 30 pounds. Better let me hit ‘em with some air.’”
Barbara admits that she received collagen injections for her role in “Beaches” and not as part of any longer term or permanent cosmetic enhancement. Her lips returned to normal soon afterwards.
Like other famous actors and actresses (see Bethenny Frankel and Kim Kardashian plastic surgery), it has been reported that she has received several touch-ups over the years.
Barbara Hershey’s Plastic Surgery After Break-Up
It was reported that Barbara Hershey had an extensive face lift after her relationship with her significant other, Naveen Andrews, was severed or terminated in May 2010.
They were in a committed relationship for 12 years. Although Naveen was twenty-one years younger than Hershey, in photographs, they looked almost the same age. This was suggested that Hershey’s perpetual youth may have been the result of her use of rejuvenation procedures such as fillers to provide her with a smooth, shiny, creaseless, sculptured looking forehead, and wrinkle free face.
Some say the skin on her face is unnaturally taut and has an eerie plastic appearance.
One doctor from Manhattan, who has not personally treated Barbara Hershey himself alleges and unequivocally believes that she may have recently undergone a major face-lift in order to look younger after her breakup with Naveen and for the role of Natalie Portman’s mom in Black Swan.
Her look could have conceivably influenced movie decision makers to decide in her favor.
The Oscar nominated movie, Black Swan was released earlier this year. The movie was excellent but the Hershey’s look left some wondering whether it is an example of plastic surgery gone bad as the “after” result left a lot to be desired; it looked a bit unnatural and ‘plastic’. Kenny Rogers’ cosmetic surgery falls into the same category.