50 facts about Jane Seymour: achieved international fame as Bond girl in film Live and Let Die

Jane Seymour'50 facts.

1. Jane Seymour was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg.

2. She is a British-American actress.

3. She is best known for her performances in the James Bond film Live and Let Die, Somewhere In Time, East of Eden, Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, War and Remembrance, the 1989 political thriller La Révolution française as the ill-fated queen Marie Antoinette, Wedding Crashers, and the American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

4. She has earned an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards.

5. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

6. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.

7. Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg was born 15 February 1951 in Hayes, Middlesex, England.

8. Her father was Jewish; he was born in England, to a family was from Poland (village of Nowe Trzepowo).

9. Her mother was a Dutch Protestant (with family from Deventer) who was a prisoner of war during World War II, and who had lived in Indonesia.

10. Jane's paternal grandfather had come to live in the East End of London after escaping the Czarist pogroms when he was 14. He is listed in the 1911 census for Bethnal Green, working as a hairdresser, and eventually went on to have his own company.

11. Seymour was educated at the Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire.

12. She took on the stage name "Jane Seymour" after King Henry VIII's third wife, as it seemed more saleable.

13. In 1969, Seymour appeared uncredited in her first film, Richard Attenborough's Oh! What a Lovely War.

14. In 1970, Seymour appeared in her first major film role in the war drama The Only Way. She played Lillian Stein, a Jewish woman seeking shelter from Nazi persecution.

15. In 1973, she gained her first major television role as Emma Callon in the successful 1970s series The Onedin Line.

16. Appeared as female lead Prima in the two-part television miniseries Frankenstein: The True Story.

17. She also appeared as Winston Churchill's lover Pamela Plowden in Young Winston, produced by her father-in-law Richard Attenborough.

18. In 1973, Seymour achieved international fame in her role as Bond girl Solitaire in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.

19. IGN ranked her as 10th in a Top 10 Bond Babes list.

20. In 1975, Seymour was cast as Princess Farah in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, the third part of Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad trilogy. The film was not released until its stop motion animation sequences had been completed in 1977.

21. In 1978, she appeared as Serina in the Battlestar Galactica film, and in the first five episodes of the television series.

22. Seymour returned to the big screen in the comedy Oh Heavenly Dog opposite Chevy Chase.

23. In 1980, Seymour was given the role of young theatre actress Elise McKenna in the period romance Somewhere in Time. Though the film was made with a markedly limited budget, the role enticed Seymour with a character she felt she knew. The effort was a decided break from her earlier work, and marked the start of her friendship with co-star Christopher Reeve.

24. In 1981, she appeared in the television film East of Eden, based on the novel by John Steinbeck. Her portrayal of main antagonist Cathy Ames won her a Golden Globe.

25. In 1982, she appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen.

26. In 1987, Seymour was the subject of a pictorial in Playboy magazine, although she did not pose nude.

27. In the 2000s, Seymour continued to work primarily in television. In 2004 and 2005, she made six guest appearances in the WB Network series, Smallville, playing Genevieve Teague, the wealthy, scheming mother of Jason Teague (Jensen Ackles).

28. In 2005, Seymour returned to the big screen in the comedy Wedding Crashers, playing Kathleen Cleary, wife of fictional United States Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary, played by Christopher Walken.

29. In spring 2006, she appeared in the short-lived WB series Modern Men. Later that year, 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.

30. In 2007, she guest-starred in the ABC sitcom, In Case of Emergency, which starred Lori Loughlin and Jonathan Silverman.

31. Seymour appeared in the Hallmark Channel film Dear Prudence with Jamey Sheridan and Ryan Cartwright, the romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Marriage with Mandy Moore, and the Hallmark Movie Channel film Lake Effects with Scottie Thompson and Madeline Zima.

32. In the 1980s, Seymour began a career as a writer of self-help and inspirational books, including Jane Seymour's Guide to Romantic Living, Two at a Time: Having Twins, Remarkable Changes, and Among Angels.

33. She also co-authored several children's books with her then-husband James Keach for the This One 'N That One series.

34. In 2008, Seymour replaced Selina Scott as the new face of fashion label CC (formerly known as Country Casuals).

35. In 2008, Ms. Seymour teamed up with and designed the "Open Heart Collection" for Kay Jewelers, which promoted it with the advice, "Keep your heart open, and love will always find its way in."

36. Seymour was married four times.

37. Her first marriage to Michael Attenborough, the son of film actor and director Richard Attenborough, lasted from 1971 to 1973.

38. Her second marriage to Geoffrey Planer lasted from 1977 to 1978.

39. In 1981, Seymour married David Flynn. The couple were divorced in 1992. The marriage produced two children, Katherine Flynn, and Sean Flynn.

40. Her daughter Katherine is also actress.

41. In 1993, Seymour married actor James Keach. Together they had twins, John Stacy and Kristopher Steven.

42. Their wins were named after family friends Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve, and James's brother, actor Stacy Keach.

43. On 12 April 2013 it was announced that the couple was divorcing. The divorce was finalised in December 2015.

44. In February 2005, Seymour became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

45. Seymour is a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, a national non-profit organisation dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.

46. In 2007, she sponsored a children's Art Pillow contest as part of the Jane Seymour Collection, with the proceeds going to Childhelp.

47. Jane Seymour sung in the choir on the song "Voices That Care" she also apperaed in the music video.

48. She has two younger sisters.

49. Her grandparents were Polish Jews, her mother was Dutch.

50. Christopher Reeve is a godfather to her son Kristopher.

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