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

Early life

She was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar in Hampstead, London to an Anglo-Irish father (Ralph, a major in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch and Portuguese descent. She was 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. 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.

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.

Personal life

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.


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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