Samantha Eggar

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Samantha Eggar
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Born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar
(1939-03-05) 5 March 1939 (age 75)
Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–present
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[edit]

She was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar[1] in Hampstead, London, to Ralph (a brigadier in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch and Portuguese descent.[2]

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

Career[edit]

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, 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.[3]

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."[4]

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.

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.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1962 Dr. Crippen (film) Ethel Le Neve
The Wild and the Willing Josie
1963 Doctor in Distress Delia Mallory
1964 Psyche 59 Robin
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
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
1983 Curtains Samantha Sherwood
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"
1991 Ragin' Cajun Dr. May
1992 Dark Horse Mrs. Curtis
Round Numbers Anne
1993 L.A. Law Camille Bancroft Episode "Where There's a Will"
1994 Inevitable Grace Britt
1996 The Phantom Lily Palmer
1997 Hercules Hera, Hercules' Mother (voice)
1999 The Astronaut's Wife Dr. Patraba
2012 Metalocalypse Whale (voice) Recurring

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