Jane Seymour (actress)
Jane Seymour at the Children Uniting Nations Academy Award Viewing Party, 2009
|Born||Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg
15 February 1951
Hayes, Middlesex, England, UK
(1981–92; divorced; 2 children)
(1993–2013; divorced; 2 children)
Jane Seymour, OBE (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg; 15 February 1951) is an English 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. She was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.
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. Her father was an English Jew whose family was from Poland (village of Nowe Trzepowo). 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. 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 salable.
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. 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 then later in the first five episodes of the television series that followed.
In 1980, Seymour returned to the big screen in the comedy Oh Heavenly Dog opposite Chevy Chase, and as Elise McKenna in the romantic fantasy Somewhere in Time opposite 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. 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.
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.
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
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.
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. Her second marriage to Geoffrey Planer lasted from 1977 to 1978.
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' brother, actor Stacy Keach. On 12 April 2013 it was announced that the couple was divorcing.
Seymour is a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, a national non-profit organisation dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. In 2007, she sponsored a children's Art Pillow contest as part of the Jane Seymour Collection, with the proceeds going to Childhelp.
- Among Angels. Guideposts, 2010. ISBN 978-0-8249-4850-4
- Boing!: No Bouncing on the Bed. This One 'N That One series. With James Keach. Putnam Juvenile, 1999. ISBN 978-0-399-23440-8
- Gus Loved His Happy Home. With Seymour Fleishman. Linnet Books, 1989. ISBN 978-0-208-02249-3
- Jane Seymour's Guide to Romantic Living. Macmillan Publishers, 1986. ASIN: B003JFVAKC.
- Making Yourself at Home: Finding Your Style and Putting It All Together. DK Adult, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7566-2892-5
- Open Hearts: If Your Heart Is Open, Love Will Always Find Its Way In. Running Press, 2008. ISBN 0-7624-3662-X
- Remarkable Changes: Turning Life's Challenges into Opportunities. New York: HarperEntertainment, 2003. ISBN 978-0-06-008747-0
- Splat!: The Tale of a Colorful Cat. This One 'N That One series. With James Keach. Turtleback Books, 2001. ISBN 978-1-4176-0825-6
- Two at a Time: Having Twins: The Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth. With Pamela Patrick Novotny. Atria Books, 2002. ISBN 978-0-671-03678-2
- Yum!: A Tale of Two Cookies. This One 'N That One series. With James Keach. Angel Gate, 1998. ISBN 978-1-932431-08-7
|1969||Oh! What a Lovely War||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|1970||The Only Way||Lillian Stein|
|1971-1980||Onedin Line||Emma Callon|
|1972||Best Pair of Legs in the Business, TheThe Best Pair of Legs in the Business||Kim Thorn|
|1972||Young Winston||Pamela Plowden|
|1973||Live and Let Die||Solitaire|
|1973||Frankenstein: The True Story||Agatha/Prima|
|1976||Captains and the Kings||Marjorie Chisholm||TV Mini-Series|
|1976||The Story of David||Bathsheba||Television movie|
|1977||Four Feathers, TheThe Four Feathers||Ethne Eustace|
|1977||Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover||Margie Parks||Television movie|
|1977||Seventh Avenue||Eva Meyers||Television movie|
|1977||Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger||Princess Farah|
|1977||Killer on Board||Jan|
|1978||Awakening Land, TheThe Awakening Land||Genny Luckett||3 episodes|
|1978||Love's Dark Ride||Diana||Television movie|
|1979||Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders||Laura Cole||Television movie|
|1980||Somewhere in Time||Elise McKenna||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|1980||Oh! Heavenly Dog||Jackie|
|1982||Scarlet Pimpernel, TheThe Scarlet Pimpernel||Marguerite St. Just||Television movie|
|1983||The Phantom of the Opera||Maria Gianelli/Elena Korvin||Television movie|
|1983||Jamaica Inn||Mary Yellan||Television movie|
|1983||The Haunting Passion||Julia Evans||Television movie|
|1984||Dark Mirror||Leigh Cullen/Tracy Cullen||Television movie|
|1984||The Sun Also Rises||Brett Ashley||Television movie|
|1985||Obsessed with a Married Woman||Diane Putnam||Television movie|
|1985||Head Office||Jane Caldwell|
|1986||Crossings||Hillary Burnham||Television movie|
|1987||El Túnel||Maria Iribarne|
|1988||Keys to Freedom||Gillian||Television movie|
|1988||Woman He Loved, TheThe Woman He Loved||Wallis Simpson||Television movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|1988||Onassis: The Richest Man in the World||Maria Callas||Television movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1988||Jack the Ripper||Emma Prentiss|
|1989||La Révolution française||Marie Antoinette|
|1990||Angel of Death||Laura Hendricks||Television movie|
|1990||Matters of the Heart||Hadley Norman||Television movie|
|1991||Passion||Amanda Brooks||Television movie|
|1991||Memories of Midnight||Catherine Alexander||Television movie|
|1992||Are You Lonesome Tonight?||Adrienne Welles||Television movie|
|1992||Sunstroke||Teresa Winters||Television movie|
|1993||Praying Mantis||Linda Crandell||Television movie|
|1993||Heidi||Fräulein Rottenmeier||Television movie|
|1994||Count on Me||Unknown|
|1994||A Passion for Justice: The Hazel Brannon Smith Story||Hazel Brannon Smith||Television movie|
|1997||California||Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn|
|1997||The Absolute Truth||Alison Reed||Television movie|
|1998||Quest for Camelot||Lady Juliana||Voice|
|1998||New Swiss Family Robinson, TheThe New Swiss Family Robinson||Anna Robinson|
|1998||A Marriage of Convenience||Chris Winslow Whitney||Television movie|
|1999||A Memory in My Heart||Rebecca Vega||Television movie|
|1999||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie||Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn||Television movie|
|2000||Murder in the Mirror||Dr. Mary Kost Richland||Television movie|
|2000||Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble||Fanny Kemble Butler||Television movie|
|2000||Yesterday's Children||Jenny Cole/Mary Sutton||Television movie|
|2001||Blackout||Kathy Robbins||Television movie|
|2001||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within||Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn||Television movie|
|2002||Touching Wild Horses||Fiona Kelsey|
|2002||Heart of a Stranger||Jill Maddox||Television movie|
|2005||Wedding Crashers||Kathleen Cleary|
|2006||Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell, TheThe Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell||President Lauren Coffey|
|2006||Blind Dating||Dr. Evans|
|2007||Agatha Christie's Marple||Rachel Argyle||Television movie|
|2008||Dear Prudence||Prudence Macintyre||Television movie|
|2009||The Assistants||Sandy Goldman|
|2009||Velveteen Rabbit, TheThe Velveteen Rabbit||Mom||Voice|
|2011||Perfectly Prudence||Prudence Macintyre|
|2011||Love, Wedding, Marriage||Betty|
|2013||Lovestruck: The Musical||Harper||Television movie|
|2013||An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky||Mimi||Television movie|
|1970||Here Come the Double Deckers||Alice||Episode: "Scooper Strikes Out"|
|1972||The Pathfinders||Shelia Conway||Episode: "Fly There, Walk Back"|
|1972||Strauss Family, TheThe Strauss Family||Karolin||4 episodes|
|1972||Onedin Line, TheThe Onedin Line||Emma Callon||10 episodes|
|1973||Great Mysteries||Veronique d' Aubray||Episode: "The Leather Funnel"|
|1975||Hanged Man, TheThe Hanged Man||Laura Burnett||Episode: "Ring of Return"|
|1976||Our Mutual Friend||Bella Wilfer||6 episodes|
|1976||Captains and the Kings||Marjorie Chisholm Armagh||4 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1977||McCloud||Nidavah Ritzach||Episode: "The Great Taxicab Stampede"|
|1978||Battlestar Galactica||Serina||5 episodes|
|1981||East of Eden||Cathy/Kate Ames||3 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|1981||BBC2 Playhouse||Unknown||Episode: "Last Summer's Child"|
|1988–1989||War and Remembrance||Natalie Henry||12 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
|1993–1998||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn||149 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
|1998||Dharma & Greg||Herself||Episode: "Dharma's Tangled Web"|
|1999||Healthy Living'||Herself||Host: 14 episodes|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Debra Connor||Episode: "Families"|
|2004–2005||Smallville||Genevieve Teague||6 episodes|
|2006||Modern Men||Dr. Victoria Stangel||7 episodes|
|2006||How I Met Your Mother||Professor Lewis||Episode: "Aldrin Justice"|
|2006||Justice||Karen Patterson||Episode: "Filicide"|
|2007||In Case of Emergency||Donna||3 episodes|
|2011||Castle||Gloria Chambers||Episode: "One Life to Lose"|
|2012–2013||Franklin & Bash||Colleen Bash||2 episodes|
|2014||Men at Work||Bridgette||Episode: "Gigo-Milo"|
- 1981 Saturn Award for Somewhere in Time (1980)
- 1982 Golden Globe for East of Eden (1981)
- 1988 Emmy Award for Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988)
- 1996 Golden Globe Award for Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (1993)
- 2000 OBE Officer of the Order of the British Empire
- 2010 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
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- "Top 10 Bond Babes". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
- "Award Search Jane Seymour". HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION. Retrieved 7-6-2012.
- "Playboy January 1987". Playboy. Retrieved 7-6-2012.
- Pyle, Ally. "The New Face of CC". Vogue. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "The CC Brand Country Casuals". CC. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- Huffington Post, 18 April 2013: Jane Seymour, James Keach: Actress Opens Up About Divorce On 'The View' Linked 2013-08-27
- "About Childhelp". Childhelp. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- "Actress Jane Seymour Sponsors National Art Competition to Help Abused and Neglected Children". Childhelp. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- "Jane Seymour Emmy Winner". Emmys. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
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