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Actress, producer, artist, designer, philanthropist, and mother of six, Jane Seymour, 64, is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, known for her roles in Live and Let Die, Somewhere in Time, East of Eden, and the acclaimed television drama Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Her love of art has led her to great success as a painter in watercolors and oils. In 2008, Jane partnered with Kay Jewelers to design a special jewelry collection called “Open Hearts by Jane Seymour.” In 2010, Jane launched the Open Hearts Foundation, which works to empower people to turn their personal adversity into opportunities to help others, and is also involved in numerous philanthropic causes including Childhelp, American Red Cross, and City Hearts.
I, Robin Gorman Newman, founder, MotherhoodLater.com, had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Seymour during a recent trip to New York City (Ms. Seymour lives in Los Angeles), and she is lovely (inside and out), forthcoming, accomplished, engaging, inspiring, sincere, and a delight to hang with. I thank her for taking the time to share with me and our audience. Hope you enjoy the interview.
ROBIN: You are clearly a woman who embraces change and have experienced a lot of it.
JANE: I realized very early on in life that change was actually a catalyst for something better to happen. And, as uncomfortable and painful as change might be, especially when you don’t ask for it, accepting and moving forward through it and taking experience from it, gives you an opportunity to lead a richer life.
JANE: My mom was a survivor. Everyone I know who is a child of a survivor is a survivor. You walk the walk. My mother was a very big influence in my life, and my father too. He was an amazing man. We didn’t have much money, but we went to galleries and museums, read books and listened to classical music. My mother was very much the homemaker — so I learned to how to cook, sew and create. They were both very concerned about my wanting to become a ballerina — it was absolutely not their plan. But, they respected that I had a passion in life and ultimately suggested I become a teacher, but I said I’d be unhappy doing that. To give them credit, they eventually stopped telling me what I should do and just watched and were very proud of me.
ROBIN: You’re been married four times (curently divorced), and it seems have maintained a positive relationship with your ex-husbands. How have you achieved that?
JANE: I see them all all the time, and they are friends with one another, and they joke about the time they spent with me. We’ve been able to accept what happened, while not forgetting or disregarding the good we had together. Once you love someone, you always love them. You may not be right married or to be in a relationship for a long time, but the relationship you had was valuable, and then it becomes something else, if you’re fortunate. You can figure out how to have a different type of relationship.