Few veteran actresses in Hollywood can say they’ve played a James Bond girl, a dedicated frontier doctor and a sex-crazed cougar. But Jane Seymour has always distinguished herself for more than four decades with a versatility enriched by glamour and intelligence.
The English actress is best known for her performance in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” a popular CBS drama that debuted in 1993. Seymour portrayed Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn,” a physician in a small town in the Wild West. The drama was particularly popular with families, and Seymour reprised the role in a pair of TV movies after the show ended in 1998.
Before that series, Seymour had already established herself as a performer with a wide range. In 1973, she played Solitaire in the James Bond film, “Live and Let Die.” Although she appeared in films such as “Lassiter” and “O Heavenly Dog,” Seymour’s most popular big-screen role was in the 1980 time-travelling romance “Somewhere in Time” opposite Christopher Reeve. The film continues to be a favorite among fans of classic romances.
Seymour found most of her success on television, becoming one of the queens of the miniseries. Her numerous miniseries and TV movies included "Captains and the Kings" (1976), "East of Eden" (1981), "The Haunting Passion" (1983), "War and Remembrance" (1988), and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" (1992). She scored an Emmy for her supporting role in 1988's "Onassis: The Richest Man in the World."
She surprised audiences in 2005 with her bawdy performance as a middle-aged mom with a huge sexual appetite for younger men in “Wedding Crashers,” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. She knows she surprised fans used to her more serious roles in one scene in which she was topless.
“In terms of being able to just stand there in front of people without my clothes on, that was definitely interesting to start doing at my age," she said. "But, you know, I feel that now I'm capable of playing pretty much anything. I feel a sudden freedom as a human being, as a woman, to play all kinds of different characters.”