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'Damien's' Barbara Hershey has grown up in front of a camera

'Damien's' Barbara Hershey has grown up in front of a camera

An actor has to be brave to play someone who mentors the anti-Christ. But then Barbara Hershey has never shied away from risk.

In the 1970s, she was the living embodiment of 1970s hippie chic, catching flak for temporarily changing her name to "Seagull" before going on to wide acclaim in movies by Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson and Woody Allen. She caused a scandal, for heaven's sake, by breast-feeding her son Free on national TV.

"I did a lot of growing up being an actor, which means you grow up publicly," Hershey said. "I'm not embarrassed.... I have to laugh at it, because I did what a lot of young people were doing some version of, in that period....

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