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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.
Early life and education
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.
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."
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.
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||Ethel Le Neve|
|The Wild and the Willing||Josie|
|1963||Doctor in Distress||Delia Mallory|
|1963||The Saint||Claire Avery||Episode: "Marcia"|
|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 (de)||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|
|1973||Love Story||Ruth Wilson||Episode: "The Cardboard House"|
|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 Greatest 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, P.I.||Laura Bennett||Episode "Fragments"|
|1990||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Marie Picard||Episode "Family"|
|1990||A Ghost in Monte Carlo||Jeanne|
|1991||Ragin' Cajun||Dr. May|
|1992||Dark Horse||Mrs. Curtis|
|1993||L.A. Law||Camille Bancroft||Episode "Where There's a Will"|
|1996||The Phantom||Lily Palmer|
|1997||Hercules||Hera, Hercules' Mother||(voice)|
|1999||The Astronaut's Wife||Dr. Patraba|
- New York Times biography
- "All Awards". Awards 1965. Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "Collecting Life: An Interview with Samantha Eggar - July 2014". The Terror Trap.
- Samantha Eggar at the Internet Movie Database
- Samantha Eggar biography and credits at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Official website
- Collecting Life: An Interview with Samantha Eggar - July 2014