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Jane Seymour


A multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe winner, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television.  

Seymour’s latest feature film teams her with James Brolin, Mandy Moore and Kellan Lutz in “Love, Wedding, Marriage.”  Her recent television appearances include a recent turn on the Emmy® nominated program “Dancing with the Stars”, and the highly rated “Dear Prudence” television movie for the Hallmark Channel.  In 2005, she joined Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in the Newline Cinema feature film “The Wedding Crashers” playing the sexually charged wife of Christopher Walken. Her latest features include the independent films “The Assistants,” “Wake,” “Driving Lessons” and “Freeloaders,” the upcoming feature for the acclaimed comedy troupe Broken Lizard.

Awarded a Golden Globe for her role as Dr. Quinn, Seymour made history with her six season “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” series, blazing a trail for family-worthy programming to return to series TV.  Seymour has reached success with a star career encompassing international movie stardom with such films as "Somewhere in Time" and "Live and Let Die," Broadway and London stage acclaim including creating the role of Constanza in Amadeus and television achievements in “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “War and Remembrance” and “East of Eden” in addition to a number of highly-regarded and rated movies and mini-series.

Daughter of a British obstetrician and his Dutch wife, Seymour was born in Hillingdon, England and raised in Wimbledon.  She began training in dance at an early age, and was just thirteen when she made her professional debut with the London Festival Ballet.  That same year, she entered the Arts Educational Trust for dance, music and theatre training and danced with the visiting Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden.  

Her first television series was the BBC-TV project, "The Onedin Line," and this led to her casting in the starring role of Solitaire in one of the most popular James Bond films, "Live and Let Die."  This attracted Hollywood interest, but Seymour opted to return to the boards of English repertory theatres to tackle such classic leading ladies as Shakespeare's Ophelia and Lady Macbeth, and Ibsen's Nora in A Doll House.

She returned to film with "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger," followed by a string of America-bound British television specials including "Frankenstein: The True Story," Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend," and "King David."  Able to convey virtually any accent with accuracy, she demonstrated this with her first Hollywood starring role in the six-hour television mini-series, "Captains and Kings."  Her portrayal of a proper Bostonian brought her the first of many Emmy nominations.

Seymour was soon cast opposite Christopher Reeve in "Somewhere in Time," a favorite romantic film for many.  She then starred with Chevy Chase in "Oh! Heavenly Dog," followed by the highly acclaimed ABC-TV adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress Award.

Television mini-series also proved to be a favorable medium for Seymour's talents.  She won recognition for her work in "Jack, The Ripper," and "War and Remembrance," and for the latter, she was nominated on two successive years in the Best Actress category for both the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. She won the Emmy Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Maria Callas in ABC-TV's "The Richest Man Alive," based on the life of Aristotle Onassis, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Best Actress Award for her performance as the Duchess of Windsor in the CBS-TV movie "The Woman He Loved."

Actively involved in numerous charitable causes, Seymour is a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.  Her work with the Red Cross includes a recent trip to Africa where Keach captured the entire eye-opening experience on film for an award-winning documentary “Disease of the Wind,” which won the Lionel Rogosin Documentary Award and Audience Award Best Documentary at the Dallas Film Festival. 

Additionally Seymour works with Childhelp, a national organization dedicated to the research, treatment and prevention of child abuse, as International Ambassador.  She is also the Honorary Chairperson for City Hearts, an organization that enriches the lives of inner-city children and disadvantaged youths, by teaching the performing arts, including painting, dancing and acting.  In 2008, Seymour was introduced to Camp Soaring Eagle, a medically based residential camp for children suffering with serious illnesses in Sedona, Arizona.  She is now the official spokesperson for Camp Soaring Eagle and is assisting in raising awareness and funding to build what will be the only year-round, completely dedicated medical camp in the Southwest.

When she is not acting, writing or designing, Seymour can be found in her painting studio. With a thriving career as an artist and her own art gallery in Los Angeles, she has exhibited in numerous galleries and venues across the nation.  Her talents have led the way to the artist being asked to create costume and set designs for the Houston Ballet’s production of “Five Poems” in 2001, the mounting of her first one woman museum exhibition in 2004 at the Butler Institute of American Art, as well as being selected as one of the official painters of the 2005 Torino Winter Olympics, and the official artist of the 2006 Naples Winter Wine Festival, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and most recently the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. 

In January 2009 Running Press released Seymour's ninth book, Open Hearts, and the 2010 sequel, Among Angels.  In 2002, Seymour penned an autobiographical book, Remarkable Changes, profiling personal stories of others who have experienced positive transformation in the face of life-changing crisis. In addition, Seymour and her husband, actor/director James Keach, have co-authored a series of exceedingly successful children’s books entitled This One and That One, inspired by their highly and delightfully altered life since the actress gave birth to twins in late 1995. She is also the author of "Two At a Time: A Journey through Twin Pregnancy and Birth."

The artist has also emerged as a significant producer of distinguished projects.  Through Catfish Productions, she and James Keach have produced, starred and directed such programs as "Sunstroke," "A Passion for Justice," “Praying Mantis," "The Absolute Truth," “Enslavement: The Fanny Kemble Story,” “Murder in the Mirror,” “Dr. Quinn, The Movie,” “A Marriage of Convenience” and "Blackout."  All these films brought both hot reviews and high audience numbers.

Seymour resides in Malibu, California with Keach and their children.

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