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|Born||Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar
5 March 1939
Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Tom Stern (1964–71; divorced); 2 children|
Samantha Eggar (born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar; 5 March 1939) is an English film, television and voice actress.
She was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar in Hampstead, London to Ralph (a brigadier in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch and Portuguese descent. She was brought up as a Roman Catholic and educated at St Mary's Providence Convent, Woking, Surrey.
Eggar 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, father of actor Timothy 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.
In 1963, Eggar made her final television guest appearance in an episode of The Saint, before focusing exclusively on feature films for 10 years. She would not make another TV guest appearance until an episode of Love Story in 1973 (she would also co-star with Yul Brynner in 1972's Anna and the King television series). From the late 1970s to the 2000s, the bulk of Eggar's screen work would be on the small screen.
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.
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.
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.
|1962||Dr. Crippen (film)||Ethel Le Neve|
|The Wild and the Willing||Josie|
|1963||Doctor in Distress||Delia Mallory|
|1965||Return from the Ashes||Fabienne 'Fabi' Wolf|
|The Collector||Miranda Grey||aka 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
|1966||Walk Don't Run||Christine Easton||aka Walk, Don't Run|
|1967||Doctor Dolittle||Emma Fairfax|
|1970||The Molly Maguires||Miss Mary Raines|
|The Walking Stick||Deborah Dainton|
|The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun||Danielle Lang ("Dany")|
|1971||The Light at the Edge of the World||Arabella|
|1972||The Dead Are Alive||Myra Shelton|
|1973||A Name for Evil||Joanna Blake|
|1976||The Seven-Per-Cent Solution||Mary Morstan Watson|
|1977||The Uncanny||Edina Hamilton|
|Welcome to Blood City||Katherine||aka Blood City|
|Why Shoot the Teacher?||Alice Field|
|Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case||Vivian Brandt|
|1978||The Biggest Battle||Annelise Ackermann|
|1979||The Brood||Nola Carveth||Nominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress|
|1980||The Exterminator||Dr. Megan Stewart|
|1981||The Hot Touch||Samantha O'Brien|
|Demonoid Messenger of Death||Jennifer Baines|
|1984||Murder, She Wrote||Marta Quintessa||Episode "Hooray for Homicide"|
|1984||Magnum PI||Laura Bennett||Episode "Fragments"|
|1991||Ragin' Cajun||Dr. May|
|1992||Dark Horse||Mrs. Curtis|
|1996||The Phantom||Lily Palmer|
|1997||Hercules||Hera, Hercules' Mother||(voice)|
|1999||The Astronaut's Wife||Dr. Patraba|
- Samantha Eggar at the Internet Movie Database
- Samantha Eggar biography and credits at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Official website