3 Names: Seagull, Free, Season

Emmy-winning actress Barbara Hershey (born Barbara Herzstein) was associated with several interesting names early in her career.

First, there was Seagull.

She changed her stage name to “Barbara Seagull” after accidentally killing a seagull while filming a scene for the 1969 movie Last Summer.

“I felt her spirit enter me,” she explained later. “It was the only moral thing to do.”

Then, there was Free.

She was in a relationship with fellow actor David Carradine in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and in 1972 they welcomed a son named Free.

Finally, there was Season.

She and David Carradine broke up in part because of an affair he had with actress Season Hubley, who’d been a guest star on his TV show Kung Fu (and who we talked about yesterday).

Eventually, two of these three names were changed. Barbara returned to the surname Hershey around the time of the break-up, and Free changed his named to Tom at the age of nine “after relentless teasing.”

Source: Barbara Hershey Drops Her Hippie Past and a Name, Seagull, and Her Career Finds Wings, A Kung Fu Comeback?


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