31 thoughts on “WCW: Jane Seymour

  1. I was actually reading a paper about Fanny Kemble for my term paper on race in The Tempest… it’s kind of grotesque. Fanny Kemble was a British actress who married a Georgia plantation owner and used his slaves to act out white savior fantasies for herself.

      1. Yikes. Never heard about that. My understanding is that she married someone who inherited a plantation but they lived up north most of the time, and her memoir of living there was an anti-slavery hit during the Civil War. She had divorced him by that time and made a living for herself through writing and readings of Shakespeare, etc., going on tour in America and the UK. I saw a play about her and it was quite interesting (not sure if problematic things were ignored or unknown to playwright—and it was a long time ago so I don’t remember it well enough to say much beyond that I enjoyed it). My guess is that her journal probably reflected standards of the time, which often included flat depictions of enslaved persons as victims only. Do you have more details about her fantasy stuff, Sam?

        1. It’s a journal article called “From Miranda to Prospero: the Works of Fanny Kemble,” by Alison Booth, you can find it on JStor.
          My initial phrasing was kind of harsh, I think Kemble had the right idea but did the absolute worst possible thing in the name of “helping,” because she made it all about her. The idea is that she was trying to recreate the dynamics of The Tempest, but it was okay because she was nice to the slaves!

      1. This is from Alison Booth’s readings of Kemble’s own journals; as Kemble was an actress who’d risen to prominence playing Miranda in The Tempest, she was basically recreating the narrative of the “noble savage” by creating a circle of black people that she wanted to adore her and look up to her as a teacher and mother figure.

  2. I have a couple of favourite Jane Seymour roles. First in a tie are The Scarlet Pimpernel and Somewhere in Time. I would love to see Marie Antoinette. But although not a huge Wallis Simpson fan (I have clothes envy and other issues) but her Duchess of Windsor is sympathetic and her Natalie Henry is gut reaching since it is so close to her home. I believe she lost several relatives in the Holocaust.

    Dr Quinn I watched religiously when it aired.

  3. She really is absolutely beautiful. I can’t believe there are so many of her films/series I’ve never seen. The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my favorite movies as is Somewhere in Time.

  4. Love her. The Scarlet Pimpernel forever. I love both versions, both embodiments of Sir Percy make me laugh!

  5. My teenage crush! No, seriously. My top three, nay four, are Scarlet Pimpernel, Somewhere in Time, French Revolution, War and Remembrance.

  6. Yes! But PLEASE CORRECT the picture you show for “Somewhere in Time”! That was NOT from the movie – that was from another film! (And I just forwarded your blog to her – so she WILL see it!)

    1. That photo is actually from her second wedding. I only know that because I once owned her book ” Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living” ( I had that thing memorized). :)

  7. I remember The Strauss Family! My older sister was very into it, and I loved the costumes. I’d also love to see The Four Feathers again.

  8. Gosh, but she looks beautiful in everything. And, yes, I saw most of those, and remember her performances in most of them as well because she’s really good. Great pick!

  9. Adore adore ADORE Jane Seymour. Watched a lot of Somewhere In Time as a kid because my parents loved the movie (who can blame them) and we were avid Dr. Quinn fans.

  10. She has always been lovely, but it seems like she became the face I knew as hers in 1980, and the other photos before then do not always click with me as being her face.

  11. I know her best as Dr. Quinn. It has a soft place in my heart along with American Girl, PBS and Oregon Trail in feeding my youthful historical geekery.

    On a different note, is that Four Feathers picture touched up? It looks it fell in the uncanny valley.

  12. I remember watching Dr. Quinn and loving it before I really knew or cared about snarking inaccuracy in costuming. And I’m from Michigan, so Somewhere in Time is pretty much a given for watching for us! She’s beautiful and elegant! Love her!

  13. I have long brown hair, and when I was wearing pseudo-Victorian costume for something at work, with my hair down, (gasp, I know), one of my coworkers said I looked like Dr. Quinn. It made me so happy.

  14. She is one of the most perfectly beautiful women. I have not seen many of these films, but I like her quite a bit… was tickled to see her in a royalty Christmas romance for Hallmark. :-) Now I’ve got some more movies to watch!

  15. I loved her as Marie Antoinette, a very convincing portrait of the queen very well played by J.S. Of course I loved totally her long hair!

  16. Seen about half of these. I always thought she was the most stunning Bond girl. Loved “Dr. Quinn” back in the day. Still marathon episodes from time to time. :)

  17. Some nice photos of Jane’s earlier work but a few things here:

    Jane did not choose her name after one Henry VIII’s wives! She and her team did not even realize it was the same name as his third wife until later! They just knew it had sounded familiar but did not put two and two together back then!

    Jane is not really a Polish Jew by heritage and does not even practice a particular religion..

    Jane’s father was Polish and Jewish but according to Jane, he did not practice when she was growing up and in the Jewish religion, it’s the mother’s religion that counts. Even Jane has joked about that. In one interview I saw, Jane said it used to upset her mother when articles would say Jane was Jewish. Jane said her mother vehemently denied that Jane was Jewish. Jane did say she had Jewish relatives and loved the food! Well, what’s not to love? ;)

    The photo from “Somewhere in Time” was NOT from SIT! It was from Jane’s marriage to husband #2 and she borrowed the clothes from “The Four Feathers” movie that she was filming.

  18. Not a frock flick, but perhaps the most cringey costume of the bunch: the first thing I saw Jane in was The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, a movie (TV movie?) from the 70s that somehow played late at night at least once a year when I was growing up. Jane played the main character, an intrepid reporter who tries out for the team in order to uncover some inside dirt, being the wacky cynical feminist she is. All she finds is some true sisterhood, except for one dirtbag boyfriend, and she decides not to exploit the poor girlfriend and have one final dance of glory on the field. So 70s! Such bad dancing! But I still watched it as a kid, probably due mostly to Jane Seymour.

  19. Ah! Yay! Dr. Quinn of course! I will always love it. I own most of seasons on DVD. This was before I got into costume, but hey, just forget about HA and have a good time. 😊 I also loved Somewhere in Time.

  20. I’ll always have a soft spot for Jane because I was named after her Somewhere in Time character. That, and all of those Dr Quinn reruns!

  21. What an Irony Her first 2 period pieces were prominent roles to Anne Stallybrass who played oops Jane Seymour in 6 wives of Jerk VIII (1970)

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