Jane Seymour’s Journey to “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”

Jane Seymour at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on January 19, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

British-American actress Jane Seymour is known for her iconic role as Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn in the television series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” But before she found success on the show, she faced some challenging life experiences.

Seymour had already made a name for herself in the entertainment industry with lead roles in films and TV series like “The Onedin Line” and “Live and Let Die.” However, in the ’90s, she found herself in a difficult situation.

The actress revealed that her ex-husband had squandered their money, leaving her with a massive nine million dollar debt. She became homeless and had no money. Desperate for work, she reached out to her agent and expressed her willingness to take any job.

It was during this trying time that Seymour landed a role in what was initially supposed to be a “little movie of the week.” However, she had to sign a five-year contract in case the film got picked up as a series. And that’s how she became a part of “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.”

The opportunity turned out to be a blessing for Seymour. It provided her with a roof over her head, money to get back on her feet, and a chance for her kids to be on set with her. She recalled how the show saved her life during those challenging times.

However, her experience on the set of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” wasn’t without its share of awkward moments. Seymour dated her co-star Joe Lando for a while, but they broke up before the show ended. On top of that, she later married James Keach, who was a regular director on the series. This meant that Keach had to direct and watch her and Lando make out on set.

Despite these challenges, Seymour looks back fondly on her time on the show. Recently, she watched the series with her grandchildren and realized that its themes are still relevant in the new age. She attributes the success of the show to its timeless appeal.

Seymour and Lando may have had their differences during the filming of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” but nowadays, they consider each other close friends. Both have moved on and found happiness in their personal lives.

The actress has been married four times and has learned valuable lessons from her past relationships and failed marriages. She believes in letting go after a broken relationship and finding a way to communicate, especially when co-parenting. Seymour also acknowledges that her dedication to her career may have played a role in the challenges she faced in her relationships.

Despite the ups and downs, Seymour always made sure to create time for her children. She involved them in her work, taking them with her whenever possible. Maintaining a balance between her career and personal life was important to her.

In the end, Seymour reflects on her past relationships and acknowledges that her ex-partners walked away, not her. With wisdom and grace, she has moved forward and continues to shine in her successful career.


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