Happy Birthday Jane Seymour!

Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour as Richard Collier and Elise McKenna, respectively, in the Jeannot Szwarc directed romantic fantasy drama “Somewhere in Time” (1980)

It’s Jane Seymour’s birthday. Seymour, having played Solitaire in the 1973 Guy Hamilton directed James Bond film “Live and Let Die,” is one of the best remembered so-called Bond-Girls of the original franchise.

Beginning in 1969 with the Richard Attenborough directed musical war comedy “Oh! What a Lovely War,” Seymour has developed a reputation for quality performances. With having appeared in no fewer than 141 productions, inclusive of ones which have yet to-be-released, the actress have been seen in a diverse range of television and film genres.

When writing of Seymour’s work, it would be remiss of anyone to not at least mention either the 1988-9 television mini-series “War and Remembrance” or the 1993-8 Beth Sullivan created television series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” The characters Seymour played in these productions, Natalie Henry and Dr. Quinn, respectively, were worlds apart from each other.

Jane Seymour (1951-)

Born in London, England on Thursday, 15 Feb. 1951, Seymour was the daughter of distinguished gynaecologist and obstetrician Benjamin John Frankenberg FRCOG and nurse Mieke Frankenberg. At the time of her birth, she was given the name Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg.

Even though the actress’ first film appearance came in Attenborough’s “Oh! What a Lovely War,” Seymour first major film role in the Bent Christensen written and directed war drama “The Only Way.” It was in this production, the actress played Lillian Stein. She was a member of a Jewish family trying to escape from Denmark in October 1943 during the German occupation.

Of all the films Seymour appeared in, the one which speaks to a lot of her fans is the 1980 Jeannot Szwarc directed romantic fantasy drama “Somewhere in Time.” In this film, she played actress Elise McKenna.

The film co-starred Christopher Reeve, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright, Bill Erwin, Susan French and William H. Macy. When seen as an elderly woman, it was French that played Seymour’s character.

While “Somewhere in Time” was not the last production Seymour and Reeve would have in common, the two of them would later work on the Alfred GoughMiles Millar created “Smallville” but at different times. In 2003, Reeve joined the cast as Dr. Virgil Swann. Seymour would not join the cast until 2004. She played Genevieve Teague.

In addition to Seymour, other entertainment professionals born on this day include:

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