Barbara Hershey in ‘The Entity’ (1982)
Film Synopsis: (IMDB.com)
In the film, Carla lives with her children in a home in Los Angeles. One evening, she is violently raped by an unseen being, and the molestations and attacks continue. She goes to a local college campus to seek counseling from a therapist (played by Ron Silver) because she suspects she is suffering from some sort of mental illness. He concurs, suggesting that she is manifesting hallucinated experiences based on a fear of sex, possibly instilled in Carla by her upbringing.
However, after another rape, she seeks solace at the home of friends who witnesses paranormal phenomena. Finally assured of the legitimacy of her experiences, Carla seeks help from a paranormal research team. They accompany Carla to her home to try and help, and it seems that they succeed. Unfortunately, when a lover comes to stay the night, he leaves the room briefly only to return and find Carla nude and pinned to the bed by an unseen force. Her breasts are pulsating rhythmically, as if being massaged by unseen hands, while she begs him for help.
Eventually the team of parapsychologists come up with a plan. They set up a home-like location with guns prepared to spray everything with liquid helium. They presume that since the being can manipulate physical things, it must have physical mass, and therefore can be frozen. Unfortunately, the being does strike and is so powerful that it takes control of these spray nozzles and attempts to kill Carla with the helium. Ultimately she faces off with it, (though she can’t see it) stating that it can kill her, torture her and rape her but will never touch the core of who she is. In an act of fury, the being bursts the liquid helium tanks and freezes itself, revealing that it is absolutely gigantic in size. All this is witnessed by Carla’s psychiatrist, who until now did not believe she was telling the truth.
Ultimately, Carla decides to move out of the house with her family and drives away. The movie ends stating that the attacks, though decreased in frequency and intensity, continue. (IMDB)
Short Bio: (wikipedia.org)
Barbara Hershey (born Barbara Lynn Herzstein; February 5, 1948), once known as Barbara Seagull, is an American actress. In a career spanning nearly 50 years, she has played a variety of roles on television and in cinema, in several genres including westerns and comedies. She began acting at age 17 in 1965, but did not achieve much critical acclaim until the latter half of the 1980s. By that time, the Chicago Tribune referred to her as “one of America’s finest actresses.”
Hershey was awarded an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries/TV Film for her role in A Killing in a Small Town (1990). She has been nominated for two more Golden Globes: in 1989 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary Magdalene in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, and for her role in Jane Campion’s Portrait of a Lady (1996). For the latter film, she was also nominated for an Academy Award and she won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition, she has won two Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival for her roles in Shy People (1987) and A World Apart (1988). She also featured in Woody Allen’s critically acclaimed Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), for which she was nominated for a British Academy Award, Garry Marshall’s melodrama Beaches (1988) and she earned a second British Academy Award nomination for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010).
Establishing a reputation early in her career as a “hippie,” Hershey experienced conflict between her personal life and her acting goals. Her career suffered a decline during a six-year relationship with actor David Carradine, with whom she had a child. She experimented with a change in stage name that she later regretted. During this time her personal life was highly publicized and ridiculed. It was not until she separated from Carradine and changed her stage name back to Hershey that her acting career became well established. Later in her career, she began to keep her personal life private.