British born Jane Seymour, most famous for her long lasting and successful acting career, has evolved into a present-day renaissance woman. In addition to writing, producing, fashion designing and charity work, Seymour has become an accomplished artist.
Born in 1951, the daughter of a British obstetrician and Dutch mother, Seymour trained for a career in ballet which was cut short by an injury. Instead, she pursued acting, moved to the United States, began landing parts, and her career blossomed. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her acting, including an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2000, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. She is best known for appearing in such productions as "Somewhere in Time," "Live and Let Die," "East of Eden," "Wedding Crashers," and of course "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," among many others.
Seymour finds sanctuary and peace in her art studio. A lover of culture and nature, she has created exceptional oil paintings, watercolors and limited editions. Her talent as a watercolorist, in fact, led to the production of a series of greeting cards sold to support her charities. One of her images was featured on a special Discover card, raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, following the work's charity auction at the Guggenheim Museum. Seymour also serves as a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
In 2010, Ms. Seymour founded the Open Hearts Foundation. The Foundation has fulfilled her dream of building a legacy dedicated to serving others, and empowering people to turn adversity into opportunity based on the open-hearted philosophy of her mother Mieke Frankenberg, a World War II internment camp survivor. As a tribute to her mother, Jane donates the proceeds of her Open Hearts and other artwork to the Foundation.
Now living in Malibu, California, with a 15th century historic manor near Bath, England, Seymour raises 6 children with her husband, and still finds time to nurture her extraordinary careers, in addition to creating beautiful art.