ABOUT JANE SEYMOUR
A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 2000, which was bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. Her love of art and color has led to her great success as a painter in watercolors and oils and as a designer. For almost 50 years, Jane has taken on many roles as an actress, including the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), Somewhere In Time (1980), East of Eden (1981), Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988), War and Remembrance (1988), the French epic La Révolution Française (1989) as the ill-fated queen Marie Antoinette, Wedding Crashers (2005), the American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998), and Netflix’s Sandy Wexler (2017). However, the role that most defines Jane, is her life long work in philanthropy.
Actively involved in numerous charitable causes, Jane is a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. Her work with the Red Cross includes a trip to Africa that was captured on film by award-winning filmmaker James Keach in the documentary “Disease of the Wind”. This film won the Lionel Rogosin Documentary Award and Audience Award Best Documentary at the Dallas Film Festival. The film tells the story of Seymour and eight inner-city children from Los Angeles traveling with the Red Cross to Kenya to participate in the vaccination of 13 million children against measles which kills over one million children a year.
Additionally, for more than two decades Jane has actively supported Childhelp USA, one of the nation's oldest and largest non-profits dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. She also serves as Childhelp's International Ambassador. In 1990, Jane received Childhelp USA's prestigious "Woman of the World" humanitarian award. She is also the Honorary Chairperson for City Hearts, an organization that teaches performing arts to abused children, inner-city children, and disadvantaged youths. The organization's "Woman of the World" award is one of many honors she has won for her social and charitable achievements.
In 2008, Jane was introduced to Camp Soaring Eagle, a medically based residential camp for children suffering with serious illnesses in Sedona, Arizona. She is now a spokesperson for Camp Soaring Eagle and is assisting in raising awareness and funding to build what will be the only year round, completely dedicated medical camp in the Southwest.
Jane, along with filmmaker James Keach, founded the Open Hearts Foundation in 2010. This 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 a portion of the proceeds of Open Hearts artwork to the Foundation.
Seymour has donated proceeds from her paintings to dance companies and charities benefitting children.
In 2010, Jane established the Open Hearts Foundation to fulfill her dream of building a legacy dedicated to serving others, and empowering people to turn adversity into opportunity.
Jane attended the “Paddle Out” Protest, opposing the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility being proposed off the coast of Malibu with Pierce Brosnan, Darryl Hannah, Halle Berry, Tea Leoni and others.
She is the narrator of the films The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?, a recent film set to raise awareness of the water crisis currently threatening the Southwest, and Running Dry, from 2005, which was created to raise awareness of the water crisis threatening the world.
Jane Seymour has supported the following charities listed on this site:
- American Heart Association
- American Stroke Association
- Childhelp USA
- Children Uniting Nations
- Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
- City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts
- Clothes Off Our Back
- Dress for Success
- Elton John AIDS Foundation
- Entertainment Industry Foundation
- Heifer International
- Leeza's Place
- Make The Difference Network
- Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre
- ONE DROP
- Open Hearts Foundation
- Red Cross
- Somaly Mam Foundation
- Starkey Hearing Foundation
- What A Pair