Jane Seymour, a ballet buff, has risen to become one of the most respected televisions and film actresses in Hollywood and throughout the world. Jane Seymour’s name is compatible with class, style, and beauty. Movie-goers recognize her performance as the foxy vixen, ‘Solitaire’ in the quick-paced James Bond masterpiece, ‘Live and Let Die’. Her USP lies in the fact that the characters she takes are just as exciting and numinous as her magnetic personality. From performing Bond’s love interest to the quirky, stimulating Dr. Quinn in ‘Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman’, she has moved from being a simple girl with simple ballet dreams to growing the reigning queen of Television movies in the 20th century.
Although her professional life was profitable, her personal life was not that bright. She has been married four times and has suffered many personal tragedies in her family. Never one to ease off on the work head, her first publication, ‘Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living’ went on to become a global best-seller and she soon went on to publish a series of other successful children’s books. Whilst still working, she also gives a considerable amount of time to painting and also to her growing fashion empire.
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Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg was born in Uxbridge, Middlesex (now section of Greater London), England, to Mieke, a nurse, and Benjamin John Frankenberg FRCOG, a prominent gynecologist, and obstetrician. Her father was Jewish, he was born in England, to a family from Nowe Trzepowo, a village in Poland.
Her mother was a Dutch Protestant (with family from Deventer) who was a defendant of war during World War II and had existed in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). Seymour has declared she received Dutch from her mother and her fellow orphans from the Japanese army camp, who often spent holidays together in the Netherlands when she was a kid.
Encouraged by her parents (who sent her to live with family friends in Geneva in order to practice her language skills), she also learned to speak fluent French.
Seymour’s paternal grandfather had come to live in the East End of London after leaving the Czarist pogroms when he was 14. He is noted in the 1911 census as residing in Bethnal Green working as a hairdresser and finally went on to establish his own company.
Seymour’s father Benjamin qualified at the UCL Medical School in 1938, and entered the medical branch of the RAFVR after the outbreak of war, serving in England, Belgium, Italy, and South Africa and completing his service as a group leader with a mention in despatches.
After the war, Frankenberg resumed his career at several London hospitals, including St Leonard’s Hospital, Hackney, the East End Maternity Hospital, the City of London Maternity Hospital, and finally Hillingdon Hospital, for which he created the maternity unit. A close associate of Patrick Steptoe, he served in pioneering discussions on in-vitro fertilization and also published papers on youth and teenage s*xual behaviors.
Seymour was educated at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire. She picked the screen name, Jane Seymour, after the English queen Jane Seymour, because it looked more saleable. One of Seymour’s notable characteristics is heterochromia, making her right eye brown and her left eye green.
Jane Seymour Net Worth
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Jane Seymour Movies And TV Shows
- She performed in her first major movie, ‘The Only Way’, in 1970. In this film, she performed the character of a Jewish woman trying shelter from Nazi persecution.
- In 1973, she performed ‘Emma Callon’ in the hit television series, ‘The Onedin Line’, which ran for a couple of years.
- During this time, she also emerged as the female lead, ‘Prima’ in the mini-series, ‘Frankenstein: The True Story’.
- Towards the end of 1973, she gained critical acclaim for her performance of ‘Solitaire’ in the blockbuster James Bond hit, ‘Live and Let Die’, which catapulted her to immediate stardom.
- In 1975, she was cast as ‘Princess Farah’ in ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’, the last part of the Sinbad Trilogy. The film delivered in 1977 only after all the stop motion animation sequences were finished.
- The following year, she performed ‘Serina’ in the Battlestar Galactica movie and the television series adaptation of the same.
- In 1980, she turned to the big screen with the comedy movie, ‘Oh Heavenly Dog’, in which her work was praised by critics.
- Her next movie, ‘Somewhere in Time’, delivered in 1980, fared poorly in theaters at the time of its release.
- However, it gained a devoted cult following, even spawning a yearly pilgrimage to the site of the Victorian era hotel where this epic love story was filmed.
- She soon started appearing in roles based on various works of literature and worked in classics like, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, and ‘Lassiter’.
- In 1988, she was cast in the World War II epic, ‘War and Remembrance’, which was an adaptation of Herman Wouk’s ‘Winds of War’.
- In the early 1990s, she became the reigning queen of Television movies and performed wide-ranging roles, from a damsel-in-distress to an attractive seductress.
- It was during this time, she served closely with the actor/director James Keach, who would later become her husband.
- She broke away from her damsel-in-distress characters and opted to star in a career-defining TV series, ‘Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman’, which broadcasted from 1993 to 1998. This series kept the audience invested over the course of six seasons.
- During this particularly productive period, she faced tragedies in her personal life, which led her to co-author her first of several children’s books titled, ‘Yum! A Tale of Two Cookies’ in 1998.
- She then appeared in telepics like ‘Dr. Quinn’ TV series viz., ‘Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie’ and ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within’, which delivered in 1999 and 2001 respectively.
- At the beginning of 2004, she was cast as ‘Genevieve Teague’ in the famous pre-Superman series, ‘Smallville’.
- She once again took a break from television and started appearing in movies like ‘Wedding Crashers’, which released in 2005.
- She arrived in the small television comedy series, ‘Modern Men’. She soon began appearing on a number of reality shows from 2009 to 2011 including ‘Iron Chef America: The Series’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
- She also appeared in a couple of episodes of the hit-American series, ‘Castle’. On the big screen, she played the role of Mandy Moore’s mother in the rom-com, ‘Love, Wedding, Marriage’, released in 2011.
- Her screen name has been received from the third wife of King Henry VIII and she kept it because it was more marketable.
- Jane was born a heterochromia i.e. her both eyes are separately colored. While her right eye is brown, her left one is green.
- She began with dance training in her childhood and debuted in the London Festival Ballet at the age of 13.
- She likes art and color and thus became a successful designer.
- On April 20, 1999, she got a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
- Jane Seymour got the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000. The title was given on the actress at the Buckingham Palace by Queen Elizabeth II.
- She was placed 10th in the Top 10 Bond Babes list by IGN.
- She got naturalized citizenship in the United States in February 2005.
- The actress is the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet member.
- She established the Open Hearts Foundation in 2010 that helps areas in need on a global platform.
- She has the Jane Seymour Designs, a lifestyle brand inspired by her own personal art and general lifestyle.
- She is good friends with Shawn Toovey and Chad Allen.
She appeared in the second season of The Tudors, portraying King Henry VIII’s third queen consort, Jane Seymour; she was replaced in the third season after the show was unable to work out conflicting dates with New Line Cinema over her previous commitment to the premiere and press for Journey to the Center of the Earth.
The Tudors: Showtime Series Ending After Year Four, No Season Five. Showtime has announced that they’re renewing it for the fourth season but it will be the historically-based show’s last. The Tudors is a fictional version of the reign of the King of England during the 1500s, King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).
On October 20, 2019, Viewers may find themselves not recognizing ever-youthful-looking 68-year-old actress Jane Seymour under a wig of long gray hair in Season 2 of Netflix’s The Kominsky Method. Evidently, her co-star, longtime friend, and ex-neighbor Michael Douglas didn’t.
At age 20, actress Jane Seymour was cast in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.