Jane Seymour (actress)

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Jane Seymour, OBE (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg; 15 February 1951) is an English 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 life

Seymour was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg in Hayes, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Mieke, a nurse, and John Benjamin Frankenberg, an obstetrician.[1] 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.[2][3] Jane Seymour speaks Dutch fluently.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Acting career

Seymour 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.

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