Friday, September 9, 2011
OBE (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg; 15 February 1951) is an English-American actress well-known for her roles as the Bond girl in the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, the 1990s American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and its telefilm sequels.
Early lifeSeymour was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg in Hayes, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Mieke, a nurse, and John Benjamin Frankenberg, an obstetrician. Her father was a British Jew whose family was from Poland, and her mother was a Dutch-born Protestant who was a prisoner of war during WWII. Jane Seymour speaks Dutch fluently. Seymour was educated at the independent The Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire, in England. She took on the stage name "Jane Seymour", also the name of King Henry VIII's third wife, at the age of 17, after playing that role in a BBC TV series 'Henry 8th'.
Acting careerSeymour has had a long acting career in both film and television, beginning in 1969 with an uncredited role in Richard Attenborough's film version of Oh! What a Lovely War. Soon afterward, she married Attenborough's son, Michael Attenborough. Her first major film role was as Lillian Stein, a Jewish woman seeking shelter from the Nazis, with a Danish family, in the 1970 war drama The Only Way.
From 1972 to 1973, she gained her first major TV role, as Emma Callon in the successful 1970s series The Onedin Line. During this time, she appeared as female lead Prima in the two-part TV mini-series Frankenstein: The True Story, and as Winston Churchill's lover Pamela Plowden, in another of the films, produced by her father-in-law, Young Winston. She also drew her first major international attention, as Bond girl Solitaire in the 1973 James Bond film, Live and Let Die. IGN ranked her as 10th in a Top 10 Bond Babes list.
Seymour divorced Michael Attenborough in 1973. She then took only two minor TV roles, until cast as Princess Farah in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, the third part of Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad trilogy, in 1975. (The film was not released, however, until its stop motion animation sequences had been completed in 1977.) In 1978, she played Serina, in the Battlestar Galactica motion picture, and then, in the first two episodes of the series that followed, until the character was killed. In 1981, she was cast as Cathy Ames, in the TV miniseries of John Steinbeck's East of Eden. She also played the role of an undercover reporter in a TV movie about the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
In 1980, Seymour returned to the big screen in the comedy Oh Heavenly Dog opposite Chevy Chase, and as Elise McKenna in the romantic fantasy Somewhere in Time opposite Christopher Reeve. In 1982, she also starred in The Scarlet Pimpernel, co-starring Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen. Seymour appeared nude in the 1984 film, Lassiter, co-starring Tom Selleck, but the film was a box office and commercial failure. In 1987, Seymour was the subject of a pictorial in Playboy magazine, although she did not actually pose nude.
War and Remembrance (1988), in which she played Natalie Henry, an American Jewish woman trapped in Europe during World War II. The series was based on the successful novel by Herman Wouk, and is noted for its accurate, and graphic, depiction of the Holocaust.
In 1989, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, Seymour appeared in the television movie, La révolution française (filmed in both French and English). Seymour appeared as the doomed French queen, Marie Antoinette; the actress' two children, Katherine and Sean, appeared as the queen's children.
Seymour continued to take numerous roles in TV movies and series, most notably as Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn in the TV series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and its TV-movie-sequels (1993–2001), through which she met her fourth husband, actor-director James Keach. In 2004, she made several guest appearances in the WB Network series, Smallville, playing Genevieve Teague, the wealthy, scheming, mother of Jason Teague (Jensen Ackles).
Seymour returned to the big screen in 2005, playing Kathleen Cleary, wife of fictional US Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary (Christopher Walken), in the comedy, Wedding Crashers. She returned to TV in the short-lived WB series Modern Men, broadcast in spring 2006.
In autumn 2006, Seymour guest-starred as a law-school-professor on an episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and as a wealthy client, on the Fox legal drama, Justice. In 2007, she guest-starred in the ABC sitcom, In Case of Emergency, which starred Lori Loughlin and Jonathan Silverman. She also appeared in ITV's Marple: Ordeal By Innocence, based on the Agatha Christie novel. She was a contestant on season five of the US reality show, Dancing with the Stars; she finished in sixth place, along with her partner, Tony Dovolani. In "One Life to Lose" Jane Seymour guest starred in a soap opera-themed storyline of "Castle (TV series)" the ABC sitcom.
In 2008, she replaced Selina Scott as the new face of Country Casuals.
Personal lifeSeymour has heterochromia – her right eye is hazel, and her left is green. In 2007, she admitted to having undergone plastic surgery, including breast augmentation, and blepharoplasty.
Seymour has been married four times:
- 1971–1973: Michael Attenborough
- 1977–1978: Geoffrey Planer
- 1981–1992: David Flynn (with whom she had two children, Katherine Flynn, born 7 January 1982 and Sean, born 1986. Her daughter and stepdaughter, Jenni Flynn, appeared with her in the infomercial for cosmetics line, "Natural Advantage by Jane Seymour.")
- 1993 to present: James Keach (with whom she had twins, Johnny and Kris, born 30 November 1995, and named after family friends, Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve)
In 1984, Seymour bought, with then-husband, David Flynn, the Grade One listed St Catherine's Court for £350,000, located in the village of St Catherine, near Bath, Somerset. After spending £3 million on refurbishments, she spent her summers at the house, and her winters in Malibu. After her divorce from Flynn, and marriage to Keach, she spent more time in the US, and made little use of the house, so she began to rent it out. In 1996, during that season's filming for Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, she rented it to English rock group Radiohead, who recorded their album, OK Computer, at the house. Another famous group that occupied the home are The Cure. In May 2007, she was granted a 24-hour alcohol and entertainment licence, under new UK regulations. However, this caused much disturbance with neighbours, who claimed the access lane was too narrow, and the noise too excessive. Seymour won the court battle, but sold the house in November 2007.
Seymour was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, in 2000.
Seymour is a patron of Meningitis UK.
Seymour is a celebrity ambassador, for the non-profit organisation, Childhelp. She regularly makes appearances at fund raisers, and events for the child abuse prevention, and treatment organisation, and is an ardent supporter. In 2007, she sponsored a children's Art Pillow contest, as part of the Jane Seymour Collection. 100% of the proceeds went to Childhelp.
An allergic reaction to anti-biotic medicine on a film shoot in Spain almost killed her, and the scrape with death profoundly changed her whole outlook on life. Seymour explains: "I saw the white light and I saw, from the corner of the room, them trying to resuscitate me, and I saw a syringe, with blood in it. It did change my whole life, because, when you die, I realised, you take nothing with you, except for what you've done.
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Chorus Girl Uncredited
1970 The Only Way Lillian Stein
1970 Here Come the Double Deckers Alice Episode: 'Scooper Strikes Out'
1972 The Best Pair of Legs in the Business Kim Thorn
1972 Young Winston Pamela Plowden
1972 The Pathfinders (TV series) Shelia Conway Episode: 'Fly There, Walk Back'
1972 The Strauss Family Karolin Mini-Series
1972 The Onedin Line Emma Callon/Emma Fogarty Appeared in 8 episodes, 1972–1973
1973 Live and Let Die Solitaire
1973 Great Mysteries Veronique d' Aubray Episode: 'The Leather Funnel'
1973 Frankenstein: The True Story Agatha/Prima
1975 The Hanged Man Laura Burnett Episode: 'Ring of Return'
1976 The Story of David Bathsheba
1976 Our Mutual Friend Bella Wilfer Appeared in 6 episodes, 1976
1976 Captains and the Kings Marjorie Chisholm Armagh Mini-series
1977 The Four Feathers Ethne Eustace
1977 Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover Margie Parks
1977 McCloud Nidavah Ritzach Episode: 'The Great Taxicab Stampede'
1977 Seventh Avenue Eva Meyers Mini-series
1977 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Princess Farah
1977 Killer on Board Jan
1978 The Awakening Land Genny Luckett
1978 Love's Dark Ride Diana
1978 Battlestar Galactica Serina
1979 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (TV film) Laura Cole
1980 Somewhere in Time Elise McKenna
1980 Oh! Heavenly Dog Jackie
1981 East of Eden Cathy/Kate Ames Mini-series
1981 BBC2 Playhouse Episode: 'Last Summer's Child'
1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel Marguerite St. Just
1983 The Phantom of the Opera Maria Gianelli/Elena Korvin
1983 Jamaica Inn (1983 film) Mary Yellan
1983 The Haunting Passion Julia Evans
1984 Lassiter Sara Wells
1984 Dark Mirror Leigh Cullen/Tracy Cullen
1984 The Sun Also Rises Brett Ashley
1985 Obsessed with a Married Woman Diane Putnam
1985 Head Office Jane Caldwell
1986 Crossings Hillary Burnham Mini-series
1987 El Túnel Maria Iribarne
1988 Keys to Freedom Gillian
1988 The Woman He Loved Wallis Simpson
1988 Onassis: The Richest Man in the World Maria Callas
1988 Jack the Ripper Emma Prentiss
1988–1989 War and Remembrance Natalie Henry Appeared in 12 episodes, 1988–1989
1989 La Révolution française Marie Antoinette
1990 Angel of Death Laura Hendricks
1990 Matters of the Heart Hadley Norman
1991 Passion Amanda Brooks
1991 Memories of Midnight Catherine Alexander Douglas
1992 Are You Lonesome Tonight Adrienne Welles
1992 Sunstroke Teresa Winters
1993 Praying Mantis Linda Crandell
1993 Heidi Fräulein Rottenmeier
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn Appeared in 149 episodes, 1993–1998
1994 Count on Me
1994 A Passion for Justice: The Hazel Brannon Smith Story Hazel Brannon Smith
1997 California Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn
1997 The Absolute Truth Alison Reed
1998 Quest for Camelot Lady Juliana Voice
1998 The New Swiss Family Robinson Anna Robinson
1998 A Marriage of Convenience Chris Winslow Whitney
1999 A Memory in My Heart Rebecca Vega/Abbie Swenson Stewart
1999 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn
2000 Murder in the Mirror Dr. Mary Kost Richland
2000 Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble Fanny Kemble Butler
2000 Yesterday's Children Jenny Cole/Mary Sutton
2001 Blackout Kathy Robbins
2001 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn
2002 Touching Wild Horses Fiona Kelsey
2002 Heart of a Stranger Jill Maddox
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Debra Connor
2004–2005 Smallville Genevieve Teague Appeared in 6 episodes, 2004–2005
2005 The Littlest Light On The Christmas Tree Voice
2005 Wedding Crashers Kathleen Cleary
2006 Modern Men Dr. Victoria Stangel Appeared in 7 episodes, 2006
2006 The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell President Lauren Coffey
2006 Blind Dating Dr. Evans
2006 How I Met Your Mother Professor Lewis
2006 Justice Karen Patterson guest role, 1 episode
2007 After Sex Janet
2007 In Case of Emergency Donna Appeared in 3 episodes, 2007
2007 Marple: Ordeal by Innocence Rachel Argyle
2008 Dear Prudence Prudence Macintyre
2009 The Assistants (2009 film) Sandy Goldman
2009 Wake Mrs. Reitman
2009 The Velveteen Rabbit Mom Voice
2009 Freeloaders Post-Production
2011 Castle Gloria Guest appearance, ep 3.18
2011 Perfectly Prudence Prudence Macintyre
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Betty
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
American actress who appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television; her career spanned over 50 years until her death in 2006. A two-time Academy Award winner, Winters is probably most remembered for her roles in A Place in the Sun, The Big Knife, Lolita, The Night of the Hunter, Alfie, and The Poseidon Adventure.
Early lifeWinters was born Shirley Schrift in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Rose (née Winter), a singer with The Muny, and Jonas Schrift, a designer of men's clothing. Her parents were Jewish; her father immigrated from Austria, and her mother had been born in St. Louis to Austrian immigrants. Her parents had been third cousins. Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was three years old. Her sister Blanche Schrift later married George Boroff, who ran The Circle Theatre (now named El Centro Theatre) in Los Angeles. Winters studied at The New School in New York City.
CareerAs the New York Times obituary noted, "A major movie presence for more than five decades, Shelley Winters turned herself into a widely-respected actress who won two Oscars." Winters originally broke into Hollywood as "the Blonde Bombshell", but quickly tired of the role's limitations. She washed off her makeup and played against type to set up Elizabeth Taylor's beauty in A Place in the Sun, still a landmark American film. As the Associated Press reported, the general public was unaware of how serious a craftswoman Winters was. "Although she was in demand as a character actress, Winters continued to study her craft. She attended Charles Laughton's Shakespeare classes and worked at the Actors Studio, both as student and teacher." She studied in the Hollywood Studio Club, and in the late 1940s she shared an apartment with another newcomer, Marilyn Monroe.
Her first movie was What a Woman! (1943). Working in films (in mostly bit roles) through the 1940s, Winters first achieved stardom with her breakout performance as the victim of insane actor Ronald Colman in George Cukor's A Double Life, in 1947. She quickly ascended in Hollywood with leading roles in The Great Gatsby (1949) with Alan Ladd and Winchester 73 (1950), opposite James Stewart. But it was her performance in A Place in the Sun (1951), a departure from the sexpot image that her studio, Universal Pictures, was building up for her at the time, that first brought Winters her acclaim, earning a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Meet Danny Wilson (1952) as Frank Sinatra's leading lady, most notably in Charles Laughton's 1955 Night of the Hunter, with Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish, and the less successful I Am A Camera starring opposite Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey. She also returned to the stage on various occasions during this time, including a Broadway run in A Hatful of Rain, in 1955-1956, opposite future husband Anthony Franciosa. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Diary of Anne Frank in 1960, and another award, in the same category, for A Patch of Blue in 1966. She donated her Oscar for The Diary of Anne Frank to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
Notable later roles included her lauded performance as the man-hungry Charlotte in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita; starring opposite Michael Caine in Alfie; and as the once gorgeous, alcoholic former starlet "Fay Estabrook" whose emotional vulnerability the titular hero so cruelly exploits in Harper (both 1966); in The Poseidon Adventure (1972) as the ill-fated Belle Rosen (for which she received her final Oscar nomination); and in Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976). She also returned to the stage during the 1960s and 1970s, most notably in Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana. She appeared in such cult films as 1968's Wild in the Streets and 1971's Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?.
As the Associated Press reported, "During her 50 years as a widely known personality, Winters was rarely out of the news. Her stormy marriages, her romances with famous stars, her forays into politics and feminist causes kept her name before the public. She delighted in giving provocative interviews and seemed to have an opinion on everything." That led to a second career as a writer. Though not an overwhelming beauty, her acting, wit, and "chutzpah" gave her a love life to rival Monroe's. In late life, she recalled her conquests in her autobiographies. She wrote of a yearly rendezvous she kept with William Holden, as well as her affairs with Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Errol Flynn and Marlon Brando.
Winters had significant weight gain later in life, but lost much of the weight for (or before) an appearance at the 1998 Academy Awards telecast, which featured a tribute to Oscar winners past and present, at which a pantheon of former winners, including Gregory Peck, Claire Trevor, Jennifer Jones and Luise Rainer appeared.
Audiences born in the 1980s knew her primarily for the autobiographies and for her television work, in which she played a humorous parody of her public persona. In a recurring role in the 1990s, Winters played the title character's grandmother on the ABC sitcom Roseanne. Her final film roles were supporting ones - she played a restaurant owner and mother of an overweight cook in Heavy (1995), with Liv Tyler and Debbie Harry; The Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich; and as an embittered nursing home administrator in 1999's Gideon.
Personal lifeWinters was married four times; her husbands were:
- Captain Mack Paul Mayer, whom she married on New Years Day, 1942; they divorced in October 1948. Mayer was unable to deal with Shelley's "Hollywood lifestyle" and wanted a "traditional homemaker" for a wife. Winters wore his wedding ring up until her death, and kept their relationship very private
- Vittorio Gassman, whom she married on April 28, 1952; they divorced on June 2, 1954. They had one child, Vittoria born February 14, 1953, a physician, who practices internal medicine at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was Winters' only child.
- Anthony Franciosa, whom she married on May 4, 1957; they divorced on November 18, 1960.
- Gerry DeFord, on January 14, 2006, hours before her death.
Winters also had a romance with Farley Granger that became a long-term friendship (according to her autobiography Shelley Also Known As Shirley). She starred with him in the 1951 film, Behave Yourself!, as well as in a 1957 television production of A. J. Cronin's novel, Beyond This Place.
DeathWinters died on January 14, 2006 of heart failure at the Rehabilitation Centre of Beverly Hills; she had suffered a heart attack on October 14, 2005. Her third ex-husband Anthony Franciosa died of a stroke five days later.
Awards and nominations
Year Award Film
1951 Best Actress in a Leading Role, nominated A Place in the Sun
1959 Best Actress in a Supporting Role, won The Diary of Anne Frank
1965 Best Actress in a Supporting Role, won A Patch of Blue
1972 Best Actress in a Supporting Role, nominated The Poseidon Adventure
There's Something About a Soldier (1943)
What a Woman! (1943)
The Racket Man (1944)
Sailor's Holiday (1944)
Knickerbocker Holiday (1944)
Cover Girl (1944)
She's a Soldier Too (1944)
Dancing in Manhattan (1944)
Together Again (1944)
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Escape in the Fog (1945)
A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
The Fighting Guardsman (1946)
Two Smart People (1946)
Susie Steps Out (1946)
Abie's Irish Rose (1946)
Titanic, or Oh What A Big Ship (1946)
New Orleans (1947)
Living in a Big Way (1947)
The Gangster (1947)
A Double Life (1947)
Killer McCoy (1947)
Red River (1948) (uncredited)
Cry of the City (1948)
Take One False Step (1949)
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)
Winchester '73 (1950)
South Sea Sinner (1950)
He Ran All the Way (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Behave Yourself! (1951)
The Raging Tide (1951)
Meet Danny Wilson (1952)
Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)
Untamed Frontier (1952)
My Man and I (1952)
Tennessee Champ (1954)
Executive Suite (1954)
To Dorothy a Son (1954)
I Am a Camera (1955)
The Big Knife (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Treasure of Pancho Villa (1955)
I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960)
The Young Savages (1961)
The Chapman Report (1962)
The Balcony (1963)
Wives and Lovers (1963)
Time of Indifference (1964)
A House Is Not a Home (1964)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
A Patch of Blue (1965)
The Three Sisters (1966)
Enter Laughing (1967)
The Scalphunters (1968)
Wild in the Streets (1968)
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968)
The Mad Room (1969)
Arthur! Arthur! (1969)
Bloody Mama (1970)
How Do I Love Thee? (1970)
What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
Something to Hide (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Blume in Love (1973)
Cleopatra Jones (1973)
Poor Pretty Eddie (1974)
Journey into Fear (1975)
That Lucky Touch (1975)
The Scarlet Dahlia (1976)
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
The Tenant (1976)
Mimì Bluette... Flower of My Garden (1977)
Black Journal (1977)
A Very Little Man (1977)
Pete's Dragon (1977)
King of the Gypsies (1978)
The Visitor (1979)
City on Fire (1979)
The Magician of Lublin (1979)
Fanny Hill (1983)
Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)
Déjà Vu (1985)
Very Close Quarters (1986)
The Delta Force (1986)
Purple People Eater (1988)
An Unremarkable Life (1989)
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990) (documentary)
Touch of a Stranger (1990)
Stepping Out (1991)
The Pickle (1993)
A Century of Cinema (1994) (documentary)
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
Jury Duty (1995)
Mrs. Munck (1995)
Raging Angels (1995)
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
La Bomba (1999)
Of V We Sing (Between 1939-1941) (Off-Broadway)
The Time of Your Life (Between 1939-1941) (understudy for Judy Haydon) (Broadway)
Meet The People (1939?)(U.S. Touring Company)
The Night Before Christmas (1941) (Broadway)
Rosalinda (1942) (Broadway)
Conquered in April (Between 1942-1946) (Broadway)
Oklahoma! (replacement for Celeste Holm 1947) (Broadway)
A Hatful of Rain (1955) (Broadway)
Girls of Summer (1956) (Broadway and Summer Stock)
Invitation to March (1960) (Boston)
The Night of the Iguana (1962) (replacement for Bette Davis) (Broadway)
Under the Weather (1966) (Broadway)
LUV (1967) (Broadway)
One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger (1970) (Writer) (Off-Broadway)
Minnie's Boys (1970) (Broadway)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1973–74) (Broadway)
Cages(1974) (Philadelphia, PA)
Kennedy's Children (1976) (Chicago)
The Gingerbread Lady (1981) (Chicago)
Natural Affection (unknown)
Summer Stock Plays
The Taming of the Shrew (1947)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Wedding Breakfast (1955)
A Piece of Blue Sky (1959)
Two for the Seasaw (1960)
The Country Girl (1961)
A View from the Bridge (1961)
Days of the Dancing (1964)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1965)
What's My Line (1954)
Wagon Train Series 1 Episode 4 - The Ruth Owens Story (1957)
Beyond This Place (1957)
Here's Lucy (1968)
A Death of Innocence (1971)
Adventures of Nick Carter (1972)
The Devil's Daughter (1973)
Big Rose: Double Trouble (1974)
The Sex Symbol (1974)
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) (voice)
The Initiation of Sarah (1978)
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979) (voice)
The French Atlantic Affair (1979) (miniseries)
Emma and Grandpa on the Farm (1983) (narrator)
Alice in Wonderland (1985)
Weep No More, My Lady (1992)
Roseanne (1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997)