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Overview (4)

Born in Hayes, Hayes and Harlington, Middlesex, England, UK
Birth NameJoyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg
Nickname The Queen of the Miniseries
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jane Seymour was born as Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg in England in 1951 to a Polish-Jewish father and a Dutch mother. She changed her name to Jane Seymour when she entered show-business, because it was easier for people to remember, since it was the same name of one of King Henry VIII's wives. She attracted the attention of the James Bond film producers when they saw her on British television. She was cast as the main Bond girl named Solitaire in Live and Let Die (1973). It immediately gained her international recognition, but she was in danger of losing it all like the previous Bond girls, so she came to America. A casting director advised her to lose her English accent and acquire an American accent to land roles on American television. She did and started getting roles, earning five Emmy nominations, resulting in one win for Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988) for playing Maria Callas. She won Golden Globe awards for both East of Eden (1981) and the American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), where she played the title role for 5 years. She occasionally appeared in feature films, memorably in Somewhere in Time (1980) and in Wedding Crashers (2005).

Married and divorced four times, she gave birth to four children and is a stepmother to two. They have children of their own, making her a grandmother. As of 2018, the actress who is only three years from turning 70, looks several decades younger, and is busier than ever, acting in several television movies and making guest-appearances on shows.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (4)

James Keach (15 May 1993 - 16 December 2015) (divorced) (2 children)
David Flynn (18 July 1981 - 1992) (divorced) (2 children)
Victor Geoffrey Planer (20 August 1977 - 1978) (divorced)
Michael Attenborough (10 July 1971 - 1973) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Has heterachromia; one green eye and one brown eye
Long brown flowing hair
Crooked smile

Trivia (46)

She appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care".
Official celebrity spokesperson for UNICEF.
International Ambassador for Childhelp USA.
Honorary Chairperson for City Hearts.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) in the 1999 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to drama.
Her twin sons were named Johnny and Kris after family friends Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve.
Ex-stepmother of Kalen Keach and Jennifer Flynn.
Her daughter, Katherine Flynn, was Miss Golden Globe 2001. Katie also attends Columbia University.
Jane and her husband James Keach own a 14th-century manor house outside Bath, England called St. Catherine's Court. Cunard Lines offers a four-night stay at St. Catherine's as an add-on to their Queen Elizabeth II cruises (They don't say if you will actually meet Jane or James, though).
Oldest daughter of Mieke Gysbertha Johanna Adriana (Van Tricht) and John Benjamin Frankenberg. She has two younger sisters, named Sally and Anne Gould.
She is the daughter of a Polish Jewish obstetrician (the first member in his family to be born in England) and his Dutch Protestant wife. Thanks to her mother, Miss Seymour is also able to speak Dutch very well, which she once demonstrated in an interview with Dutch television.
Her house was used for recording the album "OK Computer" by the rock band Radiohead.
Ex-sister-in-law of actor Stacy Keach.
Ex-daughter-in-law of actor Stacy Keach Sr., Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 20, 1999.
Was one of two actresses to audition for the role of Meggie Cleary in the epic miniseries The Thorn Birds (1983). The other actress was Rachel Ward, who ended up winning the role because producers thought Jane was not "vulnerable" enough.
Her house was used for recording the album "Wild Mood Swings" by the rock band The Cure.
Despite her "very English" public image and stage name, she does not have English ancestry. Her father's grandparents were all Polish Jews, while her mother was Dutch, from Deventer.
Became a United States citizen on February 11, 2005; wore a cream-colored suit to ceremony at the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center. She sat between more than a dozen United States military personnel who also received their citizenship.
Christopher Reeve was the godfather of her son Kristopher.
She and James Keach's longtime friendship with June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash led to the Cashes guest-starring on Seymour's television program Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) and to Keach producing the Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005).
Also known to her Canadian fans as an accomplished portrait artist.
Godfather of her son John was Johnny Cash.
She turned down the role of Natalie Jastrow Henry in War and Remembrance (1988) three times before finally accepting the role.
Had recently married her first husband, Michael Attenborough when she filmed Live and Let Die (1973). While filming it, she visited a psychic who predicted that she would be married three more times. Though the thought was a shock to her at the time, it proved to be eerily accurate.
Her mother, Mieke Frankenberg, recently suffered a stroke. [September 2007]
On October 2, 2007, her mother, Mieke Frankenberg, passed away at age 92 in England due to complications from a stroke. She was in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II for three and a half years.
One of her paintings was auctioned off at a high school benefit in Illinois.
Along with her husband James Keach, hosted the private wake for David Carradine at their home, which was attended by Steve Railsback, Sally Kirkland, James Cromwell, Vicki Roberts, Rob Schneider, Daryl Hannah and other luminaries.
Twin sons John and Christopher were featured as the Gerber babies in a series of baby food television commercials (1996/1997) that also featured mother Jane.
Spent a substantial part of her youth in the Dutch town of Vught, where her grandmother resided. In those years (1955-1965), she learned to speak Dutch fluently.
Jane Seymour has lent her name to a line of home furnishings from the AICO Furniture Group called "Hollywood Swank". The line features bedroom and dining room groups made of white leather, gray "alligator print", mirrored and jewel-lined furniture.
Her stage name was her own choice, after the third wife of Henry the VIII.
Gave birth to her first child at age 30, a daughter Katherine Jane Flynn (aka Katherine Flynn) on January 7, 1982. Child's father is her now ex-third husband, David Flynn.
Gave birth to her second child at age 35, a son Sean Michael Flynn (aka Sean Flynn) on July 31, 1986. Child's father is her now ex-third husband, David Flynn.
Gave birth to her twin sons (her third and fourth children) at age 44, John Stacy Keach and Kristopher Steven Keach on November 30, 1995. Child's father is her now fourth estranged husband, James Keach.
Filed for legal separation from her fourth husband of 20 years James Keach following a 6-month-long separation. [October 2013]
Sold her beloved 14-century manor house St. Catherine's Court, near Bath, England. [December 2007]
Competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2005), coming in at sixth place. [October 2007]
Came out with her "Open Hearts" jewelry collection. [December 2008]
Has starred opposite Hart Bochner in three miniseries: As his mother in East of Eden (1981), his would-be paramour in The Sun Also Rises (1984), and as his wife in War and Remembrance (1988).
She appeared in two films directed by her former father-in-law Richard Attenborough: Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) and Young Winston (1972).
Acting mentor and friends of: Chad Allen and Shawn Toovey.
She never succumbed to the "Curse of the Bond Girl." The curse is that when an unknown girl acts in a James Bond film, she gets a great buildup but then quickly disappears from acting and becomes a forgotten actress, such as Daniela Bianchi, Mie Hama, etc. Seymour was an unknown twenty-year-old actress when she got her big break in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973). However, she escaped the curse by following the advice of casting director Renée Valente who told her to lose her English accent and acquire an American accent. Once she did that, she was able to work consistently on American television and winning the prestigious Emmy Award in 1988. She continues to act well into her sixties. She said that people still approach her every day and ask her about her performance in the James Bond film, even though it was more than 40 years ago.
Inducted into the Hair Fan's Hall of Fame in 2005.
An autographed portrait of her from Somewhere in Time (1980) hangs in a restaurant/bar called Valley Inn located at 4557 Sherman Oaks Avenue in Sherman Oaks, California.

Personal Quotes (5)

You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life - so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself.
[on her looks] I had ordered long legs, but they never arrived. My eyes are weird too, one is gray and the other is green. I have a crooked smile and my nose looks like a ski slope. No, I would not win a Miss contest.
After I had my first child, I stopped breastfeeding early because I had been told that there was a possibility that I might star in The Thorn Birds (1983), which I wanted more than life itself. I went to do the screen test and everything went great until we [Richard Chamberlain and I] did the love scene. I had stopped feeding for three weeks and unexpectedly my milk came in! I lifted myself up in my pink 1930s negligee, and it's a wet T-shirt contest! I looked up and it was just terrible. There was a big puddle of white milk all over his bare chest. I mean a puddle. This was a serious incident. His reaction was not good. You just say, "What can you do?".
Get over jet-lag quickly. I think a lot of people waste the first few days sleeping in the wrong time zone. Sometimes, I take melatonin, but at other times, a glass of wine will do it.
[In 2015, on her long successful career following her big break in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973)] It wasn't really hard to get roles directly after that. I met Renée Valente, who was a casting director at the time. And she said, "If you can lose your English accent, you would do very well in America." I came to America with no work permit, no agent, nowhere really to live, and within six weeks I got my first role. I became labeled as the "queen of the mini-series" because I did one mini-series after another. Basically, I worked consistently and usually with a different American accent every time.

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