What has Jane Seymour been doing since “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”?
—S. McIntire, Texas
Seymour, 62, has continued her acting career. In addition to starring in the short-lived TV series “Modern Men,” she appeared in the film “Wedding Crashers,” the TV movies “Lovestruck: The Musical,” “Dear Prudence” and “Perfectly Prudence,” as well as guest starred on “Ben and Kate,” “Franklin & Bash,” “Smallville” and “Castle,” and other series.
“I have been doing a lot of comedy lately, and that is what I really love,” says the actress, who spent six years doing drama in “Dr. Quinn.”
But the Middlesex, England-born actress has also reinvented herself several times over as a painter, a fashion and jewelry designer and an author.
When she is not acting, the mother of four can be found in her painting studio. In addition to showing in her own art gallery in Los Angeles, she has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in numerous galleries and venues across North America and has accepted select private commissions.
It was while she was painting that the inspiration came for Open Hearts by Jane Seymour, a jewelry line for Kay Jewelers.
“I was painting hearts and every time I painted a heart, I left it open,” she says. “I realized it related to what my mother’s theory was: If your heart is open, you can give and receive love. If you close your heart, you can’t. I turned it into a necklace and ended up with a whole line of jewelry for Kay’s.”
In addition, Seymour has written more than 10 books including her most recent, “Open Hearts Family,” as well as launching Jane Seymour Designs, a national lifestyle brand inspired by her family-centered lifestyle.
Seymour is also involved in many philanthropic causes, including Childhelp, American Red Cross, City Hearts and Camp Soaring Eagle. In addition to the charitable work, in 2010 she launched the Open Hearts Foundation, which honors people who have taken a challenge in life and turned it into an opportunity to help others.
This April, she and James Keach, 65, her husband of 20 years, announced that they were divorcing.