February 5 marks the 65th birthday of TV legend Barbara Hershey. Born and raised in Hollywood as Barbara Herzstein, she kicked her career off with a new name and a guest stint on "Gidget." That name change proved to be the first of many--after killing a seagull on the set of "Last Summer" in 1969, "Seagull" became her surname. The next decade proved pretty experimental for Hershey, as she shacked up with David Carradine after working with him on "Heaven with a Gun" in 1969, and the two had a son, whom they named Free. Hershey famously nursed Free mid-interview on The Dick Cavett Show, and her career took a turn toward the avant-garde.
But Hershey turned her career around in the '80s, rebounding with "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "The Last Temptation of Christ," receiving a nomination for a Golden Globe for the latter. Through the '90s she returned to the relative safety of the silver screen, and worked her way toward an Oscar nod for "Portrait of a Lady" in 1996.
For a quirky actress who went by the name "Seagull" for years, we'd expect some bolder wardrobe choices. Yet Hershey keeps it classy on the red carpet. Naveen Andrews was a longtime premiere accessory, until the pair split in 2009 after a 12-year relationship. Perhaps she prefers to make a statement through more exhibitionist moves in her personal life, playing it safe for fear of further separating herself from her peers. Instead, Hershey often wears a little black dress, a long black dress, a black minidress, and the occasional colorful separates.
Click through the slideshow below to see Hershey's classic Hollywood style. If you look closely, you'll see that seagull twinkle in her eye.
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