Jane Seymour was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg in Uxbridge, England on February 15, 1951, to a Polish father and a Dutch mother.
She studied acting at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, England.
Early Acting Years
In the late 1960’s she changed her name to Jane Seymour after the third wife of Henry VIII because she thought it was more marketable than her real name.
In the early 1970’s she appeared in Oh! What A Lovely War, The Only Way as well as a miniseries Frankenstein: The True Story.
During the production of Richard Attenborough’s Oh! What A Lovely War she began a romance with Michael, his son. They were married the following year.
In 1973 Seymour got her big break when she appeared as the lead “Bond Girl” in the first Roger Moore Bond Movie Live and Let Die as Solitaire the virgin fortune teller.
She followed up this performance in 1975 in Ray Harryhausen classic Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, which was delayed 2 years due to the extensive special effects work.
Breakup, Battlestar, and Broadway
In 1977 she tossed Attenborough in the proverbial dumpster and married his best pal Geoffrey Planner. They were divorced a year later.
Around the time of her second divorce, she was cast as Serina in the original Battlestar Gallactica. That year she also appeared in the painfully unfunny Oh Heavenly Dog opposite comedic black hole, Chevy Chase.
In 1980 she appeared in the tie travel classic Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve. The two became good friends and remained so until his death.
Also that year she did over 1,100 performances as Constanze Mozart in the Broadway production of Amadeus with Tim Curry and Ian McKellan.
Another Marriage and TV Roles
In 1981 she got married for a third time to David Flynn.
Around this time she began to do more tv work. She won a Golden Globe for her role in East of Eden.
She also starred in the miniseries War and Remembrance. She won an Emmy for her role in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World.
In 1989 she starred in miniseries about the French Revolution that was shot simultaneously in both English and French entitled La révolution française in the role of Marie Antoinette.
Dr. Quinn and Divorces
In 1992 she divorced her third husband. She gave his ass the old heave-ho when he lost all of her money in some harebrained, get rich quick, real estate schemes.
In 1993 she started an 8 year run on the hit series Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. During the first season, she met and married James Keach, brother of Stacey Keach. During the shows run she won a second Golden Globe. In 2015 she divorced Keach.
After Dr. Quinn ended she appeared in smaller roles in movies such as Wedding Crashers and guest spots on shows like Castle and How I Met Your Mother.
In addition to acting, Seymour also spends time working with nonprofit Childhelp, which helps abused children.