Barbara Hershey

Nia Long to play Barbara Hershey's role in Lifetime's Beaches remake

Lifetime is giving Idina Menzel a partner in crime its planned Beaches remake, as the network announced Tuesday it has cast actress Nia Long in one of the the upcoming TV movie’s lead roles.

Long (Big Momma’s House, Uncle Buck) will star as Hillary Whitney, a character played by Barbara Hershey in the Oscar-nominated original. The 1988 film follows the 30-year friendship between two women, a New York City performer, CC Bloom (originally played by Bette Midler), and Hillary, a San Francisco-based lawyer.

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