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Samantha Eggar (born 5 March 1939) is an English film, television and voice actress.[1]

Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Selected filmography 4.1 Film 4.2 Television 5 References 6 External links

Early life and education[]

She was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar[2] in Hampstead, London, to Ralph (a brigadier in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch and Portuguese descent.[3]

Eggar was brought up as a Roman Catholic and educated at St Mary's Providence Convent, Woking, Surrey.


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) and Jim Hutton. 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.[4]

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."[5]

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 costarred with Yul Brynner in the 1972 television series Anna and the King, 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. From the late 1970s to the 2000s, the bulk of Eggar's screen work would be on the small screen.

Eggar appeared in the films Curtains, Doctor Dolittle, The Molly Maguires, Dark Horse, The Brood, and The Light at the Edge of the World. In 1976, she costarred with Peter Falk and Theodore Bikel in the Columbo episode "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case". She appeared as Maggie Gioberti in "The Vintage Years", the pilot for the drama Falcon Crest, but was replaced by Susan Sullivan when the series went into production.

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.

She has appeared as the wife of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's brother Robert in 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 2000, she had a brief run 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[]

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

Selected filmography[]


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 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
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, Hercules' Mother (voice)
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"
1977 Columbo Vivian Brandt Episode: "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case"
Starsky and Hutch Charlotte Episode: "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"
2005 Commander in Chief Sara Templeton Recurring
2012 Metalocalypse Whale (voice) Recurring


1.Jump up ^ 2.Jump up ^ New York Times biography 3.Jump up ^ 4.Jump up ^ "All Awards". Awards 1965. Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 5.Jump up ^ "Collecting Life: An Interview with Samantha Eggar - July 2014". The Terror Trap.

External links[]

Samantha Eggar at the Internet Movie Database Samantha Eggar biography and credits at the British Film Institute's Screenonline Official website Collecting Life: An Interview with Samantha Eggar - July 2014