Jane Seymour is an English-American film and television actress whose acting career dates back to the 1970s. She has achieved countless acting successes on the big screen, the most famous of which is the James Bond film Live and Let Die, Somewhere In Time from 1973 (1980), the French epic thriller La Révolution française (1989), and the box-office comedy Wedding Crashers (2005).
On the small screen, Seymour is known for her role in the 1988 telefilm Onassis: The richest man in the world, for which she received an Emmy Award. The talented actress is also known for her leading role in the 1990s series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, for which she received a Golden Globe Award in 1995. In 2000 she was honored with an appointment as an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
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Jane Seymour Biography
Jane Seymour was born on February 15, 1951, in Hayes, England, as Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg. Her father Benjamin John Frankenberg was an accomplished gynecologist and obstetrician, while her mother Mieke (van Tricht) was a nurse. She grew up with her two sisters Sally and Anne Gould. Jane trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, and after graduation, she took the name “Jane Seymour”, which she believed could be marketed more effectively.
Jane Seymour made her acting debut in 1969 as an uncredited extra in the musical comedy Oh! What a beautiful war. She received her first leading role as Lillian Stein in the war drama The Only Way (1970). Seymour was cast in a series of guest roles in many television series before she received her first big role on the small screen as Emma Callon in the highly successful BBC series The Onedin Line (1972).
Seymour finally achieved international fame when she appeared in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), starring Solitaire, the sultry, loving interest of the main character. Her appearance in the iconic film strengthened her profile in the British film industry and also enabled a smooth transition to Hollywood. Since the 1970s, the talented actress has appeared in several films, including the romantic sci-fi drama Somewhere in Time (1980), for which she was nominated for the Saturn Prize for Best Actress. Other notable films include The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982), the two-part French epic La Révolution française (1989), Wedding Crashers (2005), and Fifty Shades of Black (2016).
Jane Seymour has also excelled on the small screen, for which she has received many awards. She received her first Emmy nomination for her role in the TV mini-series Captains and the Kings (1976). The talented actress received her first Golden Globe Award as best actress for her role in the East of Eden miniseries (1981) and also won an Emmy Award for her role in the telefilm Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988). She received two other Golden Globe nominations and a Primetime Emmy nomination for her roles in The Woman He Loved (1988) and War and Memory (1988-1989). For her starring role as Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn in the 6 seasons long western drama series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993-1998), Seymour received a Golden Globe Award out of 2 nominations and was also nominated for an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
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Husband/Spouse and Children
Although currently unmarried, Jane Seymour has been involved in 4 marriages in the past. In 1971 she married the English-born theater director Michael Attenborough, but the marriage was dissolved in 1973. She had a second attempt at the marriage in August 1977, when she entered into a marriage with Victor Geoffrey Planer, a friend of her first husband. However, the union ended after 2 years and the divorce was finalized in February 1979.
Seymour’s third marriage was to David Flynn, whom she married in July 1981. The marriage ended in divorce in May 1992. Her longest marriage to date was with the Hollywood actor and filmmaker James Keach. The duo entered into marriage on May 15, 1993, and remained married for two decades. They separated in 2013 and their divorce was finalized in December 2015.
Jane Seymour is currently in a relationship with UK born producer and director David Green. The couple has been together since 2014 and they live together in Malibu.
Jane Seymour has four children, two from her marriage to David Flynn and two from her marriage to James Keach. On January 7, 1982, she welcomed her first child, a daughter named Katherine Jane Flynn. Her second child, a son named Sean Michael Flynn, was born on 31 July 1985. On November 30, 1995, she welcomed twin sons John Stacy and Kristopher Steven.
Jane Seymour Net Worth
Since her international acting breakthrough in the 1970s, Jane Seymour has remained very constant in her career. The Hollywood star is also an accomplished writer and has published numerous books on self-help and inspiration over the years. The ageless actress has also received advertising contracts from fashion and beauty brands such as Kay Jewelers, Crepe Erase, and several others. With these and several other ventures, the multi-talented Hollywood star has accumulated a net worth of $90 million.