Mostly Credited As: Jane Seymour
Birth Name: Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg
Date Of Birth: February 15, 1951 (Age 63)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Hayes and Harlington, Middlesex, England
Height: 5' 4" (1.62 m)
Featured in the film "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger," Jane Seymour was also the leading lady in the James Bond film "Live and Let Die." This beautiful actress is best known to television audiences for her starring role in "Doctor Frankenstein" with James Mason and Michael Sarrazin. A frequent performer on British television in series like "The Onedin Line" and " "The Strauss Family," she began her stage career in the hit musical "Oh, What a Lovely War" on London's West End. In the miniseries ""The Story of David"", Jane played Bathsheba. He achieved recognition with American audiences playing the lead in the series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." She is married to director James Keach. Born Wihelmina Frankenburg, she became addicted to the stage at the age of two when her parents sent her to ballet school "for posture." By the age of I3. she was ready for her professional debut as a ballet dancer, including a stint with the British Royal Festival.
At 13, she also made her acting debut — in a commercial for America television, pushing Chef Boyardee Italian food products.
Dancing was her life, with no thought of turning to acting until one day she was plucked from the chorus line - just like a Hollywood B musical - to make her acting debut. Unlike those old flicks, this wasn't a starring role In fact, she had only one line It came during the filming of Richard Lester's "Oh What a Lovely War"
In short time, she was to climb into a starring role, a film called "The Only Way." But she realized that it was her beauty, not necessarily her acting talent, that got her to this first starring role. She set out to improve her acting, look to the English provinces.
She has maintained her desire to expand her acting skill. She was featured in the James Bond film, "Live and Let Die," and upon completion of the movie she went back to the stage to do "Lady MacBeth."
In 1973, Jane Seymour decided that the action was in America. So she went to the United States, tested for two roles in movies, but didn't get either of them. So she returned home.
It wasn't a total loss, however. American casting agents became aware of her.
She worked steadily back home, including a BBC mini-series on Charles Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend," which brought her to the further attention of American producers.
Returning to the United States in 1977 to be at the hub of the movie industry - and to escape the 85 per cent taxes she had been paying the English government, she quickly found work this time.
Her first offer was a guest shot in a "McCloud" episode. Then she played an ex-Vegas showgirl in the "Benny and Barney" situation-comedy pilot, portrayed John Houseman's daughter in "Captains and the Kings."
She came here for a six-week holiday this time. Miss Seymour said, but liked it so much and started working and then she stayed permanently.