Jane Seymour is an English-American film and television actress whose acting career dates way back to the 1970s. She has garnered countless acting credits on the big screen, the most notable among which are the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, Somewhere In Time (1980), the French epic thriller La Révolution française (1989) and the box-office hit 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 lead role in the 90s series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, for which she won a Golden Globe Award in 1995. She was honored with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000.
Jane Seymour Biography
Jane Seymour was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on February 15, 1951, in Hayes, England. Her father Benjamin John Frankenberg was an accomplished gynecologist and obstetrician while her mother Mieke (van Tricht) was a nurse. She grew up with two sisters Sally and Anne Gould. Jane trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire and upon graduation, she assumed the name “Jane Seymour” which she presumed to be more marketable.
Jane Seymour marked her acting debut in 1969 as an uncredited extra in the musical comedy Oh! What a Lovely War. She landed her first lead role as Lillian Stein in the war drama film, The Only Way (1970). Seymour was cast in a number of guest roles on several TV series before landing her first major small-screen role as Emma Callon in the highly successful BBC series The Onedin Line (1972).
Seymour eventually gained international prominence when she featured in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), starring as Solitaire, the sultry love interest of the lead character. Her performance in the iconic film boosted her profile in the British film industry and also facilitated a smooth transition into Hollywood. Starting from the 1970s, the talented actress featured in several movies including the romantic Sci-Fi drama Somewhere in Time (1980) for which she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress. Other notable film credits 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 performed excellently on the small screen for which she has bagged many accolades. She received her first Emmy nomination for her role in the TV miniseries Captains and the Kings (1976). The talented actress received her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1981 miniseries, East of Eden and also won an Emmy Award for her role in the telefilm Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988). She received 2 more Golden Globe nominations and one Primetime Emmy nomination for her roles in The Woman He Loved (1988) and War and Remembrance (1988-1989). For her main role as Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn in the 6 season-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.
Husband/Spouse and Children
Though she is presently unmarried, Jane Seymour has been involved in 4 marriages in the past. She got married to English-born theatre director Michael Attenborough back in 1971, however, the union was dissolved in 1973. She had a second shot at marriage in August 1977 when she tied the knot with Victor Geoffrey Planer, a friend of her first husband. However, the union also ended after 2 years and the divorce was finalized in February 1979.
Seymour’s third marital union was to David Flynn whom she married in July 1981. The marriage ended in a divorce in May 1992. Her longest marital union yet was with Hollywood actor and filmmaker James Keach. The duo tied the knot on May 15, 1993, and remained married for 2 decades. They got separated in 2013 and their divorce was finalized in December 2015.
Jane Seymour is presently in a relationship with English-born producer and director David Green. The couple has been dating since 2014 and they live together in Malibu.
Jane Seymour has four children; 2 from her marriage with David Flynn and 2 from her marriage to James Keach. She welcomed her first child on January 7, 1982, a daughter named Katherine Jane Flynn. Her second child, a son named Sean Michael Flynn was born on July 31, 1985. On November 30, 1995, she welcomed twin sons John Stacy and Kristopher Steven.
Her Net Worth
Since getting her international acting breakthrough in the 1970s, Jane Seymour has remained very consistent in her career. Also an accomplished writer, the Hollywood star has published numerous self-help and inspirational books over the years. The ageless actress has also received endorsement deals from fashion and beauty brands such as Kay Jewelers, Crepe Erase, and several others. With these and several other ventures, the multitalented Hollywood star has amassed a net worth of $90 million.