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Jane Seymour's Biography

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Jane Seymour was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on 15 February 1951 in Hillingdon just outside London and was brought up in Wimbledon.

Like fellow Dancing with the Stars series 5 contestant Melanie Brown, Jane Seymour was a dancer as a youngster.

At 13, Jane Seymour appeared with the London Festival Ballet. She also danced with the world famous Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden before an injury put paid to any chance of a career in dance.

Still a teenager, back in 1969, Seymour had a small role in Richard Attenborough's classic film Oh, What A Lovely War.

Two years later she married Michael Attenborough, the son of Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim, however they divorced after a couple of years.

Seymour's first TV role was in The Onedin Line.

Jane Seymour had a major breakthrough when she played Bond girl Solitaire opposite Roger Moore in Live and Let Die in 1973.

Jane Seymour's most famous role in her extensive acting career was as Dr. Quinn, in six seasons of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Seymour was consistently nominated for awards in the 1990s for her role as Dr Quinn. Her other award-winning or short-listed TV roles include her performances in Captains and Kings, War and Remembrance, The Richest Man Alive, and The Woman He Loved.

In 2000, Jane Seymour was awarded an O.B.E.

Whilst Seymour is best known for her acting, she has other strings to her bow. She paints, writes and worked as a fashion designer.

Jane Seymour and her fourth husband James Keach were in the news in 2007 over all night parties at their 15th century house in England, called St. Catherine's Court.

However, in December 2007, The Independent reported:

"Jane Seymour has finally bowed to a villagers' rebellion and sold her listed West Country mansion after a clash over her use of the house."

In the fifth series of Dancing with the Stars, Jane Seymour was partnered with Tony Dovolani.

Jane Seymour carried on with Dancing with the Stars bit she and Tony Dovolani were the seventh couple to be eliminated.

In 2005 Jane Seymour told Life Extension about the influence of her mother:

"My role model is my mother, who is 90 years old ... Still, she goes to the cinema and is always helping other people. She is so full of compassion. She believes that you need to get involved and stay involved. We both believe that the older you get, the more you have to offer society—not less."

However, during the second week of Dancing with the Stars, Jane Seymour's mother, Mieke Frankenberg, died at the age of 92.

In 2006, Jane Seymour received a Golden Karma Award for her work with the American Red Cross and the Measles Initiative.

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