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Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
(born 5 March 1939) is an English-American film, stage, television, and voice actress. After beginning her career in Shakespearean theatre, she rose to fame for her performance in William Wyler's thriller The Collector (1965), which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She later appeared as Emma Fairfax in Doctor Dolittle (1967), and the American drama The Molly Maguires (1970). In the early 1970s, Eggar relocated to the United States and Canada, where she later starred in several horror films, including The Dead Are Alive
The Dead Are Alive
(1972), The Uncanny (1977), and David Cronenberg's cult thriller The Brood
The Brood
(1979). Eggar has also worked as a voice actress, as Hera
in Walt Disney's Hercules (1997), and lent her voice to several video games, including Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned and 007: Nightfire. Her television work includes roles on Fantasy Island, and a recurring part as Charlotte Devane in the soap opera All My Children in 2000.[1]


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Theatre and early work 2.2 Move to United States and Canada

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Stage credits 6 References

6.1 Notes 6.2 Sources

7 External links

Early life[edit] Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar[2][3] on 5 March 1939[4] in Hampstead, London, to Ralph (a brigadier in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch and Portuguese descent.[5] Soon after her birth her family relocated to rural Bledlow, Buckinghamshire, during World War II, where she spent her childhood.[2] There, she was a neighbor of Oliver Reed.[2] Eggar was brought up as a Roman Catholic and educated at St Mary's Providence Convent in Woking, Surrey. Reflecting on her time in convent school, Eggar said: "The nuns didn't have too much success with me – I've always had a violent temper. In fact, once I almost killed one of the nuns."[3] At age sixteen, she began to go by the name Samantha.[2] Although Eggar expressed interest in acting at a young age, she was urged against a career in the theatre by her parents. She was offered a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, but instead studied fashion for two years at the Thanet School of Art.[3] After completing her studies, she enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[6] Career[edit] Theatre and early work[edit] Eggar began her acting career in several Shakespearean companies, notably playing Titania
in a 1962 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tony Richardson.[7] She also appeared onstage in a production of Douglas Seale's Landscape with Figures, where she was noticed by a talent scout, and from there was cast in the biographical film Dr. Crippen (1962), opposite Donald Pleasence.[8] Her second film role was in 1962 in The Wild and the Willing; the same year, she appeared onstage again as Olivia in a production of Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
by George Devine.[7] In 1965, Eggar appeared in the thriller The Collector, directed by William Wyler, playing a kidnap victim. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and won a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
award for her performance.[9] She was also awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966.[10] On her role as Miranda in The Collector, Eggar has said: "My biggest relationship on set was with William Wyler. The tension on set was real. And if the tension wasn't there – if I didn’t exude precisely what he wanted – well, Willie just poured cold water over me."[11] The following year, Eggar starred in the comedy Walk, Don't Run
Walk, Don't Run
(1966) with Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(his last motion picture) and Jim Hutton, followed by a lead role as Emma Fairfax in Richard Fleischer's musical adaptation of Doctor Dolittle (1967). In 1963, she played the title character in "Marcia", a second-season episode of The Saint. After her appearance in The Saint, Eggar did not appear in television for 10 years, instead focusing exclusively on feature films. Although she co-starred with Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
in the television series Anna and the King (1972), she did not make another television guest appearance until 1973, when she starred in the episode "The Cardboard House" of the romantic anthology series Love Story. That same year, she played Phyllis Dietrichson
Phyllis Dietrichson
in a TV remake of Double Indemnity.[12] Move to United States and Canada[edit] In 1973, Eggar relocated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles, and appeared first in television, guest starring on episodes of Starsky & Hutch and Columbo, the latter with Peter Falk
Peter Falk
and Theodore Bikel
Theodore Bikel
in the episode "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case". She would go on to star in a number of horror films, including The Dead Are Alive (1972), A Name for Evil
A Name for Evil
(1973), The Uncanny (1977), and David Cronenberg's cult sci-fi film The Brood
The Brood
(1979). In 1980, she filmed the Canadian slasher film Curtains, released in 1983.[13] She also appeared as Maggie Gioberti in "The Vintage Years", the pilot for the drama Falcon Crest, but was replaced by Susan Sullivan
Susan Sullivan
when the series went into production.[3] She appeared in the drama Dark Horse (1992), followed by the superhero film The Phantom (1996). In 1997, she provided the voice of Hera
in Disney's animated film Hercules; she would also supply the voice for the subsequent television series. Eggar also had a role in the sci-fi thriller The Astronaut's Wife (1999), which starred Johnny Depp. She has appeared as the wife of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's brother Robert on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as Sarah Templeton, the wife of Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton (Donald Sutherland), on the short-lived television series Commander in Chief, which starred Geena Davis. In the year 2000, she had a brief run as Charlotte Devine in the American soap opera All My Children. In 2003, she appeared in the first season of Cold Case, episode 14 ("The Boy in the Box") as Sister Vivian. In 2009, she played the mother of Jack and Becky Gallagher in season 1, episode 11 ("Lines in the Sand") of the Fox television series Mental. Personal life[edit] In 1964, she married actor Tom Stern, with whom she has a son, Nicolas Stern (b. 1965),[14] and a daughter, Jenna Stern (b. 1967).[15] Eggar and Stern divorced in 1971. She has citizenship in both Great Britain and the United States.[16] She resides in Los Angeles.[11] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Roles Notes

1962 Dr. Crippen Ethel Le Neve

The Wild and the Willing Josie

1963 Doctor in Distress Delia Mallory

1964 Psyche 59 Robin

1965 Return from the Ashes Fabienne 'Fabi' Wolf

The Collector Miranda Grey Also known as The Butterfly Collector Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Best Actress Award Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Sant Jordi Award for Best Performance in a Foreign Film Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress

1966 Walk, Don't Run Christine Easton

1967 Doctor Dolittle Emma Fairfax

1970 The Molly Maguires Miss Mary Raines

The Walking Stick Deborah Dainton

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun Danielle Lang ("Dany")

1971 The Light at the Edge of the World Arabella

1972 The Dead Are Alive Myra Shelton

1973 A Name for Evil Joanna Blake

1974 All the Kind Strangers Carol Ann

1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Mary Morstan Watson

1977 The Uncanny Edina Hamilton

Welcome to Blood City Katherine

Why Shoot the Teacher? Alice Field

1978 The Greatest Battle Annelise Ackermann

1979 The Brood Nola Carveth Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress

1980 The Exterminator Dr. Megan Stewart

1981 The Hot Touch Samantha O'Brien

Demonoid Messenger of Death Jennifer Baines

1983 Curtains Samantha Sherwood

1987 Love Among Thieves Solange

1991 Ragin' Cajun Dr. May

1992 Dark Horse Mrs. Curtis

Round Numbers Anne

1994 Inevitable Grace Britt

1996 The Phantom Lily Palmer

1996 Everything to Gain Diana Keswick

1997 Hercules Hera Voice

1998 Loss of Faith Insp. Strong Television film

1999 The Astronaut's Wife Dr. Patraba


Year Title Roles Notes

1961 Rob Roy Diana Vernon Recurring

1963 The Saint Claire Avery Episode: "Marcia"

1972 Anna and the King Anna Leonowens Recurring

1973 Love Story Ruth Wilson Episode: "The Cardboard House"

Double Indemnity Phyllis Dietrichson Miniseries

1977 Columbo Vivian Brandt Episode: "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case"

Starsky and Hutch Charlotte Episode: " Starsky and Hutch
Starsky and Hutch
on Playboy Island"

1978 Fantasy Island Helena Marsh Episode: "Return/The Toughest Man Alive"

1979 Fantasy Island Helena Marsh Episode: "The Wedding"

1983 For the Term of his Natural Life Julie Vickers Miniseries

Hart to Hart Gillian Rawlings Episode: "Long Lost Love"

1984 Murder, She Wrote Marta Quintessa Episode "Hooray for Homicide"

Magnum, P.I. Laura Bennett Episode "Fragments"

1990 A Ghost in Monte Carlo Jeanne Miniseries

Star Trek: The Next Generation Marie Picard Episode "Family"

1991 The Legend of Prince Valiant Queen Guinevere Voice; recurring

1993 L.A. Law Camille Bancroft Episode "Where There's a Will"

1998–99 Hercules Hera Voice; 7 episodes

2000 All My Children Charlotte Devane 20 episodes

2005 Commander in Chief Sara Templeton Recurring

2009 Mental Margo Stroud 2 episodes

2012 Metalocalypse Whale (voice) Recurring

Stage credits[edit]

Year Title Role Director Venue Notes

1959 Landscape with Figures N/A Douglas Seale Olympia Theatre; Theatre Royal, Brighton; Grand, Wolverhampton [7]

1962 A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania Tony Richardson Royal Court Theatre [7]

1962 Twelfth Night Olivia George Devine Royal Court Theatre [7][17]

1985 The Lonely Road Irene Herms Christopher Fettes Yvonne Arnaud Theatre; Old Vic Theatre [7][18]

1985 The Seagull Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina Charles Sturridge Oxford Playhouse; Theatre Royal, Bath [7][19]

1992 Auntie Mame Vera Karin Baker Candlewood Playhouse, New Fairfield, Connecticut [7][20]

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ " Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved 23 January 2017.  ^ a b c d Cooper 2015, p. 105. ^ a b c d "The Private Life and Times of Samantha Eggar". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved 22 January 2017.  ^ "Samantha Eggar". The British Film Institute. Retrieved 29 December 2016.  ^ " Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
Biography". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2016.  ^ Cooper 2015, p. 106. ^ a b c d e f g h Cooper 2015, p. 120. ^ Cooper 2015, p. 107. ^ "Samantha Eggar". GoldenGlobes.com. Retrieved 22 January 2017.  ^ "All Awards". Awards 1965. Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 11 March 2014.  ^ a b "Collecting Life: An Interview with Samantha Eggar". The Terror Trap. July 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2017.  ^ MacKellar 2006, p. 371. ^ Nowell 2010, p. 232. ^ " Nicolas Stern was born on September 12, 1965 in Los Angeles County, California". California Birth Index. Retrieved 24 January 2017.  ^ "Jenna L Stern was born on September 23, 1967 in Los Angeles County, California". California Birth Index. Retrieved 24 January 2017.  ^ "Samantha Celebrates Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee". Samantha Eggar: Official Website. April 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2017. I am now an American citizen, but my heritage is indomitable.  ^ "Performance Details – Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
(Devine, English Stage Company, February 1962)". AHDS: Performing Arts. Retrieved 30 December 2016.  ^ "Production of The Lonely Road". Theatricalia. Retrieved 24 January 2017.  ^ Borny 2010, p. 162. ^ Klein, Alvin (9 August 1992). "THEATER; Candlewood Brings Back 'Mame'". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 


Borny, Geoffrey (2010). Interpreting Chekhov. ANU E. Press. ISBN 978-1-920-94267-0.  Cooper, Barbara Roisman (2015). Great Britons of Stage and Screen: In Conversation. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-442-24620-1.  MacKellar, Landis (2006). Double Indemnity Murder: Ruth Snyder, Judd Gray, and New York’s Crime of the Century. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-815-60824-0.  Nowell, Richard. Blood Money: A History of the First Teen Slasher Film Cycle. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1-441-12496-8. 

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