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Jane Seymour, OBE was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on 15 February 1951 in Hayes in the UK as the daughter of a British obstetrician and his Dutch wife. She took the stage name of Jane Seymour at the age of 17.
She has had a long 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. From 1972 to 1973 she played her first major TV role as "Emma Callon" in The Onedin Line. Her first major international role was Bond girl "Solitaire" in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. In 1978 she played Serina in the Original Series pilot movie ("Saga of a Star World"). When Battlestar Galactica went to series they tried to contract her as a main cast member, but she wasn't interested and was killed off in the third episode ("Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I" and "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part II"). It remained one of her most memorable minor TV roles. She further appeared in East of Eden, Oh Heavenly Dog, Somewhere in Time and War and Remembrance. She's best known for her part as "Dr. Michaela Quinn" in the TV series and movie Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman from 1993-2001.
On New Year's Eve, 1999 she was named Officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. She's Official Spokesperson for UNICEF, International Ambassador for Childhelp USA and Honorary Chairperson for City Hearts. She became a U.S. citizen on February 11, 2005.
Seymour has been married four times: Michael Attenborough (1971-1973), Geoffrey Planer (1977-1978), David Flynn (1981-1992, with two children, Katherine and Sean) and James Keach (1993 to present, with twins Johnny and Kris).
Seymour continues to act, having recently guest-starred as a law-school professor on an episode of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and as a wealthy client on the legal drama Justice. She currently guest stars in the sitcom In Case of Emergency and will appear in season 5 of the reality TV series Dancing with the Stars.