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Samantha Eggar
Born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar
5 March 1939 (1939-03-05) (age 71)
Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–present
Spouse(s) Tom Stern (1964–1971) (divorced)

Samantha Eggar (born 5 March 1939) is an English actress.


Early life

She was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar[1] in Hampstead, London to an English father (Ralph, a major in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch and Portuguese descent and was educated at a convent.


She began her acting career in several Shakespearean companies, and debuted on film in 1962 in The Wild and the Willing. Also in 1962 she played Ethel Le Neve in the film Dr. Crippen, alongside Donald Pleasence.

Eggar starred in the comedy Walk Don't Run (1966) with Cary Grant, his last picture. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Collector (1965), directed by William Wyler. She won a Golden Globe award for this performance and was also named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 1964, she married actor Tom Stern, with whom she has a son, Nicholas Stern, and a daughter, Jenna Stern. The couple divorced in 1971.

Eggar has also appeared in such films as Curtains, Doctor Dolittle, The Molly Maguires, Dark Horse, The Brood, and The Light at the Edge of the World. In 1972, she played the governess opposite Yul Brynner for the short-run TV show Anna and the King. In 1977, she co-starred with Peter Falk and Theodore Bikel in the Columbo episode The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case.

In 1997, she provided the voice of Hera in Disney's animated film Hercules. Eggar also had a role in a 1999 picture, The Astronaut's Wife, which starred Johnny Depp. In 2000, she had a brief run in the American soap opera All My Children. She has also appeared as the wife of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's brother Robert in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, as Sister Vivian in Cold Case, and as Sarah Templeton, the wife of Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton (Donald Sutherland), on the television series Commander in Chief.

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.


Year Film Role 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 aka The Butterfly Collector
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
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 aka Walk, Don't Run
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
1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Mary Morstan Watson
1977 The Uncanny Edina Hamilton
Welcome to Blood City Katherine aka Blood City
Why Shoot the Teacher? Alice Field
Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case Vivian Brandt
1978 The Biggest 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
1991 Ragin' Cajun Dr. May
1992 Dark Horse Mrs. Curtis
Round Numbers Anne
1994 Inevitable Grace Britt
1996 The Phantom Lily Palmer
1997 Hercules Hera, Hercules' Mother (voice)
1999 The Astronaut's Wife Dr. Patraba


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