Jane Seymour (actress)

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Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour CUN Award Party 2009.jpg
Jane Seymour at the Children Uniting Nations Academy Award Viewing Party, 2009
BornJoyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg
(1951-02-15) 15 February 1951 (age 63)
Hayes, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Michael Attenborough
(1971–73; divorced)
Geoffrey Planer
(1977–78; divorced)
David Flynn
(1981–92; divorced; 2 children)
James Keach
(1993–2013; divorced; 2 children)
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Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour CUN Award Party 2009.jpg
Jane Seymour at the Children Uniting Nations Academy Award Viewing Party, 2009
BornJoyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg
(1951-02-15) 15 February 1951 (age 63)
Hayes, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Michael Attenborough
(1971–73; divorced)
Geoffrey Planer
(1977–78; divorced)
David Flynn
(1981–92; divorced; 2 children)
James Keach
(1993–2013; divorced; 2 children)

Jane Seymour, OBE (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg; 15 February 1951) is a British-American actress best known for her performances in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), Somewhere In Time (1980), East of Eden (1981), Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988), War and Remembrance (1988), the 1989 political thriller La Révolution française as the ill-fated queen Marie Antoinette, Wedding Crashers (2005), and the American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998). She has earned an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[1] She was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.[2]

Early life[edit]

Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg was born 15 February 1951 in Hayes, Middlesex, England, the daughter of John Benjamin Frankenberg, an obstetrician, and Mieke van Trigt, a nurse.[3] Her father was a British citizen of Jewish heritage whose family was from Poland (village of Nowe Trzepowo).[4] Her mother was a Dutch Protestant (with family from Deventer) who was a prisoner of war during World War II, and who had lived in Indonesia.[5][6][7]

Seymour was educated at the Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire. She took on the stage name "Jane Seymour" after King Henry VIII's third wife, as it seemed more saleable.[5]

Acting career[edit]

In 1969, Seymour appeared uncredited in her first film, Richard Attenborough's Oh! What a Lovely War. In 1970, Seymour appeared in her first major film role in the war drama The Only Way. She played Lillian Stein, a Jewish woman seeking shelter from Nazi persecution. In 1973, she gained her first major television role as Emma Callon in the successful 1970s series The Onedin Line. During this time, she appeared as female lead Prima in the two-part television miniseries Frankenstein: The True Story. She also appeared as Winston Churchill's lover Pamela Plowden in Young Winston, produced by her father-in-law Richard Attenborough.

In 1973, Seymour achieved international fame in her role as Bond girl Solitaire in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. IGN ranked her as 10th in a Top 10 Bond Babes list.[8] In 1975, Seymour was cast as Princess Farah in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, the third part of Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad trilogy. The film was not released until its stop motion animation sequences had been completed in 1977. In 1978, she appeared as Serina in the Battlestar Galactica film, and in the first five episodes of the television series. Seymour returned to the big screen in the comedy Oh Heavenly Dog opposite Chevy Chase.

Seymour at the Emmy Awards, 1988

In 1980, Seymour was given the role of young theatre actress Elise McKenna in the period romance Somewhere in Time. Though the film was made with a markedly limited budget, the role enticed Seymour with a character she felt she knew. The effort was a decided break from her earlier work, and marked the start of her friendship with co-star Christopher Reeve.

In 1981, she appeared in the television film East of Eden, based on the novel by John Steinbeck. Her portrayal of main antagonist Cathy Ames won her a Golden Globe.[9] In 1982, she appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen. In 1984, Seymour appeared nude in the film Lassiter, co-starring Tom Selleck, but the film was a box office flop. In 1987, Seymour was the subject of a pictorial in Playboy magazine, although she did not pose nude.[10]

In 1988, Seymour got the female lead in the 12-part television miniseries War and Remembrance, the continued story from the miniseries The Winds of War, in which she played Natalie Henry, an American Jewish woman trapped in Europe during World War II. That role had been played by Ali McGraw in the first series, but Seymour campaigned for the role when the continuation was planned, and made a screen test which convinced the director and producer Dan Curtis that she was better suited for it.

In 1989, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, Seymour appeared in the television film La révolution française, filmed in both French and English. Seymour appeared as the doomed French queen, Marie Antoinette; the actress's two children, Katherine and Sean, appeared as the queen's children.

Seymour at the Emmy Awards, 1994

In the 1990s, Seymour earned popular and critical praise for her role as Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn in the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and its television sequels (1993–2001). Her work on the series earned her a second Golden Globe Award. While working on the series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, she met her fourth husband, actor-director James Keach.

In the 2000s, Seymour continued to work primarily in television. In 2004 and 2005, she made six guest appearances in the WB Network series, Smallville, playing Genevieve Teague, the wealthy, scheming mother of Jason Teague (Jensen Ackles). In 2005, Seymour returned to the big screen in the comedy Wedding Crashers, playing Kathleen Cleary, wife of fictional United States Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary, played by Christopher Walken. In spring 2006, she appeared in the short-lived WB series Modern Men. Later that year, Seymour guest-starred as a law-school-professor on an episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and as a wealthy client on the Fox legal drama, Justice. In 2007, she guest-starred in the ABC sitcom, In Case of Emergency, which starred Lori Loughlin and Jonathan Silverman. She also appeared in ITV's Marple: Ordeal By Innocence, based on the Agatha Christie novel. She was a contestant on season five of the US reality show, Dancing with the Stars; she finished in sixth place, along with her partner, Tony Dovolani. In "One Life to Lose" Jane Seymour guest starred in a soap opera-themed storyline of the ABC crime-dramedy Castle.

Seymour appeared in the Hallmark Channel film Dear Prudence (2008) with Jamey Sheridan and Ryan Cartwright, the romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Marriage (2011) with Mandy Moore, and the Hallmark Movie Channel film Lake Effects (2012) with Scottie Thompson and Madeline Zima.

Writing and fashion careers[edit]

In the 1980s, Seymour began a career as a writer of self-help and inspirational books, including Jane Seymour's Guide to Romantic Living (1986), Two at a Time: Having Twins (2002), Remarkable Changes (2003), and Among Angels (2010). She also co-authored several children's books with her then-husband James Keach for the This One 'N That One series.[3]

In 2008, Seymour replaced Selina Scott as the new face of fashion label CC (formerly known as Country Casuals).[11][12]

Seymour also designed[when?] the "Open Heart Collection" for Kay Jewelers, which promoted it with the advice, “Keep your heart open, and love will always find its way in.”

Personal life[edit]

Jane Seymour at the Academy Awards, 2010

Jane Seymour has been married four times. Her first marriage to Michael Attenborough, the son of film actor and director Richard Attenborough, lasted from 1971 to 1973.[3] Her second marriage to Geoffrey Planer lasted from 1977 to 1978.[3]

In 1981, Seymour married David Flynn. The marriage produced two children, actress Katherine Flynn, born 7 January 1982, and Sean Flynn, born 31 July 1985. The couple were divorced in 1992.[3] In 1993, Seymour married actor James Keach. Together they had twins, Johnny Stacy and Kristopher Steven, born 30 November 1995, and named after family friends Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve, and James's brother, actor Stacy Keach.[1] On 12 April 2013 it was announced that the couple was divorcing.[13]

In February 2005, Seymour became a naturalized citizen of the United States.[14]

Seymour is a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, a national non-profit organisation dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.[15] In 2007, she sponsored a children's Art Pillow contest as part of the Jane Seymour Collection, with the proceeds going to Childhelp.[16]




1969Oh! What a Lovely WarChorus GirlUncredited
1970The Only WayLillian Stein
1971Onedin LineEmma Callon
1972Best Pair of Legs in the Business, TheThe Best Pair of Legs in the BusinessKim Thorn
1972Young WinstonPamela Plowden
1973Live and Let DieSolitaire
1973Frankenstein: The True StoryAgatha/Prima
1976Captains and the KingsMarjorie ChisholmTelevision miniseries
1976The Story of DavidBathshebaTelevision movie
1977Four Feathers, TheThe Four FeathersEthne Eustace
1977Benny and Barney: Las Vegas UndercoverMargie ParksTelevision movie
1977Seventh AvenueEva MeyersTelevision movie
1977Sinbad and the Eye of the TigerPrincess Farah
1977Killer on BoardJan
1978Awakening Land, TheThe Awakening LandGenny Luckett3 episodes
1978Love's Dark RideDianaTelevision movie
1979Dallas Cowboys CheerleadersLaura ColeTelevision movie
1980Somewhere in TimeElise McKennaNominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
1980Oh! Heavenly DogJackie
1982Scarlet Pimpernel, TheThe Scarlet PimpernelMarguerite St. JustTelevision movie
1983The Phantom of the OperaMaria Gianelli/Elena KorvinTelevision movie
1983Jamaica InnMary YellanTelevision movie
1983The Haunting PassionJulia EvansTelevision movie
1984LassiterSara Wells
1984Dark MirrorLeigh Cullen/Tracy CullenTelevision movie
1984The Sun Also RisesBrett AshleyTelevision movie
1985Obsessed with a Married WomanDiane PutnamTelevision movie
1985Head OfficeJane Caldwell
1986CrossingsHillary BurnhamTelevision movie
1987El TúnelMaria Iribarne
1988Keys to FreedomGillianTelevision movie
1988Woman He Loved, TheThe Woman He LovedWallis SimpsonTelevision movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1988Onassis: The Richest Man in the WorldMaria CallasTelevision movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1988Jack the RipperEmma Prentiss
1989La Révolution françaiseMarie Antoinette
1990Angel of DeathLaura HendricksTelevision movie
1990Matters of the HeartHadley NormanTelevision movie
1991PassionAmanda BrooksTelevision movie
1991Memories of MidnightCatherine AlexanderTelevision movie
1992Are You Lonesome Tonight?Adrienne WellesTelevision movie
1992SunstrokeTeresa WintersTelevision movie
1993Praying MantisLinda CrandellTelevision movie
1993HeidiFräulein RottenmeierTelevision movie
1994Count on MeUnknown
1994A Passion for Justice: The Hazel Brannon Smith StoryHazel Brannon SmithTelevision movie
1997CaliforniaDr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn
1997The Absolute TruthAlison ReedTelevision movie
1998Quest for CamelotLady JulianaVoice
1998New Swiss Family Robinson, TheThe New Swiss Family RobinsonAnna Robinson
1998A Marriage of ConvenienceChris Winslow WhitneyTelevision movie
1999A Memory in My HeartRebecca VegaTelevision movie
1999Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The MovieDr. Michaela 'Mike' QuinnTelevision movie
2000Murder in the MirrorDr. Mary Kost RichlandTelevision movie
2000Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny KembleFanny Kemble ButlerTelevision movie
2000Yesterday's ChildrenJenny Cole/Mary SuttonTelevision movie
2001BlackoutKathy RobbinsTelevision movie
2001Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart WithinDr. Michaela 'Mike' QuinnTelevision movie
2002Touching Wild HorsesFiona Kelsey
2002Heart of a StrangerJill MaddoxTelevision movie
2005Wedding CrashersKathleen Cleary
2006Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell, TheThe Beach Party at the Threshold of HellPresident Lauren Coffey
2006Blind DatingDr. Evans
2007After SexJanet
2007Agatha Christie's MarpleRachel ArgyleTelevision movie
2008Dear PrudencePrudence MacintyreTelevision movie
2009The AssistantsSandy Goldman
2009WakeMrs. Reitman
2009Velveteen Rabbit, TheThe Velveteen RabbitMomVoice
2011Perfectly PrudencePrudence Macintyre
2011Love, Wedding, MarriageBetty
2012Lake EffectsVikki Tisdale
2013AustenlandMrs. Wattlesbrook
2013Lovestruck: The MusicalHarperTelevision movie
2013An American Girl: Saige Paints the SkyMimiTelevision movie
2014A Royal ChristmasIsadora, Queen of CordiniaTelevision movie


1970Here Come the Double DeckersAliceEpisode: "Scooper Strikes Out"
1972The PathfindersShelia ConwayEpisode: "Fly There, Walk Back"
1972Strauss Family, TheThe Strauss FamilyKarolin4 episodes
1972Onedin Line, TheThe Onedin LineEmma Callon10 episodes
1973Great MysteriesVeronique d' AubrayEpisode: "The Leather Funnel"
1975Hanged Man, TheThe Hanged ManLaura BurnettEpisode: "Ring of Return"
1976Our Mutual FriendBella Wilfer6 episodes
1976Captains and the KingsMarjorie Chisholm Armagh4 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1977McCloudNidavah RitzachEpisode: "The Great Taxicab Stampede"
1978Battlestar GalacticaSerina5 episodes
1981East of EdenCathy/Kate Ames3 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1981BBC2 PlayhouseUnknownEpisode: "Last Summer's Child"
1988– 1989War and RemembranceNatalie Henry12 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film (1989–90)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1993– 1998Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanDr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn149 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1994–95, 1997)
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Television Performer
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1994, 1998)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series
1998Dharma & GregHerselfEpisode: "Dharma's Tangled Web"
1999Healthy Living'HerselfHost: 14 episodes
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDebra ConnorEpisode: "Families"
2004– 2005SmallvilleGenevieve Teague6 episodes
2006Modern MenDr. Victoria Stangel7 episodes
2006How I Met Your MotherProfessor LewisEpisode: "Aldrin Justice"
2006JusticeKaren PattersonEpisode: "Filicide"
2007In Case of EmergencyDonna3 episodes
2011CastleGloria ChambersEpisode: "One Life to Lose"
2012Once Upon a ChristmasNarratorMormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert Special (filmed 2011)
2012– 2013Franklin & BashColleen Bash2 episodes
2014Men at WorkBridgetteEpisode: "Gigo-Milo"
2014ForeverMaureen DelacroixEpisode: "The Ecstasy of Agony"



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  14. ^ "British-born actress Jane Seymour becomes a U.S. citizen." Associated Press (February 11, 2005).
  15. ^ "About Childhelp". Childhelp. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Actress Jane Seymour Sponsors National Art Competition to Help Abused and Neglected Children". Childhelp. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Jane Seymour Emmy Winner". Emmys. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 

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Preceded by
Jill St. John
Bond girl
Succeeded by
Britt Ekland