Samantha Eggar

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Samantha Eggar
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BornVictoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar
(1939-03-05) 5 March 1939 (age 75)
Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
Years active1960–present
Spouse(s)Tom Stern (1964–71; divorced); 2 children
ChildrenNicolas Stern
Jenna Stern
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Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar.jpg
BornVictoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar
(1939-03-05) 5 March 1939 (age 75)
Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
Years active1960–present
Spouse(s)Tom Stern (1964–71; divorced); 2 children
ChildrenNicolas Stern
Jenna Stern

Samantha Eggar (born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar; 5 March 1939) is an English film, television and voice actress.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar[2] in Hampstead, London, to Ralph (a brigadier in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch and Portuguese descent.[3]

Eggar was brought up as a Roman Catholic and educated at St Mary's Providence Convent, Woking, Surrey.


She began her acting career in several Shakespearean companies, and debuted on film in 1962 in The Wild and the Willing. Also in 1962 she played Ethel Le Neve in the film Dr. Crippen, alongside Donald Pleasence. Eggar starred in the comedy Walk, Don't Run (1966) with Cary Grant in his last picture and Jim Hutton. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Collector (1965), directed by William Wyler. She won a Golden Globe award for this performance and was also named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.[4]

On her role as Miranda in The Collector (1965), Eggar has said: "My biggest relationship on set was with William Wyler. The tension on set was real. And if the tension wasn't there -- if I didn’t exude precisely what he wanted -- well, Willie just poured cold water over me."[5]

In 1963, in a second-season episode of The Saint called "Marcia", Eggar plays Claire Avery, an up-and-coming actress. After a more famous actress dies, Eggar's character is asked to replace the dead actress in an upcoming project. She accepts the role but then begins to receive threatening letters, prompting her to call upon Simon Templar (played by Roger Moore) to get to the bottom of things. After her appearance in The Saint, Eggar did not make a guest appearance in television for ten years, instead focusing exclusively on feature films. Although she co-starred with Yul Brynner in the 1972 television series Anna and the King, she did not make another television guest appearance until 1973, when she starred in the episode "The Cardboard House" of the romantic anthology series Love Story. From the late 1970s to the 2000s, the bulk of Eggar's screen work would be on the small screen.

Eggar appeared in such films as Curtains, Doctor Dolittle, The Molly Maguires, Dark Horse, The Brood, and The Light at the Edge of the World. In 1972, she played the governess opposite Yul Brynner for the short-lived TV show Anna and the King. In 1976, she co-starred with Peter Falk and Theodore Bikel in the Columbo episode "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case". She appeared as Maggie Gioberti in "The Vintage Years", the pilot for the drama Falcon Crest, but was replaced by Susan Sullivan when the series went into production.

In 1997, she provided the voice of Hera in Disney's animated film Hercules. Eggar also had a role in a 1999 picture, The Astronaut's Wife, which starred Johnny Depp.

She has appeared as the wife of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's brother Robert in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as Sarah Templeton, the wife of Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton (Donald Sutherland), on the short-lived television series Commander in Chief, which starred Geena Davis. In 2000, she had a brief run in the American soap opera All My Children. In 2003, she appeared in the first season of Cold Case, Episode 14 ("The Boy In The Box") as Sister Vivian. In 2009, she played the mother of Jack and Becky Gallagher in Season 1, Episode 11 ("Lines in the Sand") of the FOX television series Mental.

Personal life[edit]

In 1964, she married actor Tom Stern, with whom she has a son, Nicholas Stern, and a daughter, Jenna Stern. Eggar and Stern divorced in 1971.


1962Dr. CrippenEthel Le Neve
The Wild and the WillingJosie
1963Doctor in DistressDelia Mallory
1963The SaintClaire AveryEpisode: "Marcia"
1964Psyche 59Robin
1965Return from the AshesFabienne 'Fabi' Wolf
The CollectorMiranda Greyaka The Butterfly Collector
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Sant Jordi Award for Best Performance in a Foreign Film
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
1966Walk, Don't RunChristine Eastonaka Walk, Don't Run
1967Doctor DolittleEmma Fairfax
1970The Molly MaguiresMiss Mary Raines
The Walking StickDeborah Dainton
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (de)Danielle Lang ("Dany")
1971The Light at the Edge of the WorldArabella
1972The Dead Are AliveMyra Shelton
1973A Name for EvilJoanna Blake
1973Love StoryRuth WilsonEpisode: "The Cardboard House"
1976The Seven-Per-Cent SolutionMary Morstan Watson
1977The UncannyEdina Hamilton
Welcome to Blood CityKatherineaka Blood City
Why Shoot the Teacher?Alice Field
Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder CaseVivian Brandt
1978The Greatest BattleAnnelise Ackermann
1979The BroodNola CarvethNominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
1980The ExterminatorDr. Megan Stewart
1981The Hot TouchSamantha O'Brien
Demonoid Messenger of DeathJennifer Baines
1983CurtainsSamantha Sherwood
1984Murder, She WroteMarta QuintessaEpisode "Hooray for Homicide"
1984Magnum, P.I.Laura BennettEpisode "Fragments"
1990Star Trek: The Next GenerationMarie PicardEpisode "Family"
1990A Ghost in Monte CarloJeanne
1991Ragin' CajunDr. May
1992Dark HorseMrs. Curtis
Round NumbersAnne
1993L.A. LawCamille BancroftEpisode "Where There's a Will"
1994Inevitable GraceBritt
1996The PhantomLily Palmer
1997HerculesHera, Hercules' Mother(voice)
1999The Astronaut's WifeDr. Patraba
2012MetalocalypseWhale(voice) Recurring


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