- NAME: Jane Seymour
- OCCUPATION: Actress, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: February 15, 1951 (Age: 63)
- EDUCATION: The Arts Educational School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Hayes, Hillingdon, England, United Kingdom
- Originally: Joyce Penelope Wilhemina Frankenberg
- AKA: Jane Seymour
- AKA: Joyce Wilhemina Frankenberg
- AKA: Joyce Frankenberg
- Full Name: Jane Seymour, OBE
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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Emmy Award-winning British actress Jane Seymour starred on the dramatic TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and was in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.
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Actress Jane Seymour was born on February 15, 1951, in Hayes, Hillingdon, England. At age 20, she was cast in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. The performance earned her continual TV and film work. Her performance in the 1976 miniseries Captains and the Kings earned her an Emmy nomination. From 1993 to 1998, Seymour held the title role on the TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman,
for which she garnered two more Emmy nominations. She won her first Emmy (outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or a special) in 1998 for her performance in the TV movie Onassis: The Richest Man in the World. In 2002, Seymour debuted her own clothing line.
Born Joyce Penelope Wilhemina Frankenberg on February 15, 1951, in Hayes, Hillingdon, England, Jane Seymour is best known for her performances in made-for-television dramas. Seymour earned considerable popular acclaim for her portrayal of Dr. Michaela Quinn, a Boston physician who moves to the post-Civil War frontier, on the hit CBS series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.
Seymour, the eldest of three daughters, was raised on the outskirts of London. Her father, John Frankenberg, was a Polish obstetrician and her mother, Mieke, a former Red Cross nurse. Her first love was ballet and she trained rigorously toward a career in that field. She made her professional debut at the age of 13 with the London Festival Ballet. She then entered the Arts Educational Trust to receive additional instruction. Three years later, after a performance with the Kirov Ballet, Seymour suffered knee injuries that effectively ended her dancing career.
She turned to the theater, renaming herself after King Henry VIII's third wife, the only survivor of her husband's penchant for beheading his brides. At the age of 20, she was cast in the James Bond film Live and Let Die as Solitaire, the prototypical 007 ingénue. The performance earned her continual TV and film work, much of it mainstream fare, including appearances on episodic programs such as McCloud and Battlestar Galactica.
Seymour's performance in the 1976 miniseries Captains and the Kings earned her an Emmy nomination and established her reputation as "Queen of the Miniseries." More than a decade later, she won an Emmy Award (outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or special) for her performance as Maria Callas in the TV movie Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, a biopic of Aristotle Onassis that aired on ABC.
When it premiered in 1993, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. was largely dismissed by critics as too hokey for American viewers. However, the show attracted 22 million viewers at its peak, and led its Saturday-night time slot. Dr. Quinn ran for six seasons and garnered Seymour two Emmy nominations.
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