You might think after the career she’s had Jane Seymour would be sitting pretty. At the age of 66 she’s still working in the film and television industry, but there was a time she was millions of dollars in debt.
“I was married to one of the top business managers in Hollywood who represented every major star,” Jane Seymour said, reports News.com.
“And obviously you trust your business manager — especially if you’re married to him! — but unbeknown to me, he had invested and got me to sign all sorts of personal loans for things I knew nothing about. So when the economy went belly up, so did we.”
“It was devastating, to realise that having had the height of my career, earned most of my money and been most successful that I was now bankrupt and about to be homeless with two small children and a husband who was incredibly unfaithful and had so many issues. It was a very frightening time in my life.”
The challenges she faced inspired her to take the next step forward, taking the role in Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, that was a surprise success story.
“It was never supposed to succeed,” she said. “It was made as a kind of loss leader, which I found out afterwards. They didn’t really want it to air, they did everything to stop it going on air, in fact. I think that’s really funny as it was one of the most successful series of its kind.
“I just thought it was a great show and I still do. It’s still playing in 98 countries around the world — America, France … just when you least expect it, you turn around and it’s on the TV!”
She’s now set for another new role, this time a comedy about the aerobics fitness industry.
The former Bond girl said she learnt from her first marriage the pitfalls of fame. Married then to Michael Attenborough, the son of Richard Attenborough, she said ‘Dickie’ talked to her about the perils of fame. “He always said to me: ‘the day you believe in your own publicity, you’re dead’ and I’ve always followed that,” she said.