Samantha Eggar

Samantha Eggar
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Samantha Eggar in a publicity photo in 1964
BornVictoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar
(1939-03-05) 5 March 1939 (age 79)
Hampstead, London, England
ResidenceLos Angeles, U.S.
CitizenshipBritish; American
Years active1960–2012
Spouse(s)Tom Stern (m. 1964; div. 1971)
ChildrenNicolas Stern
Jenna Stern

Samantha Eggar (born 5 March 1939) is an English-American film, stage, television, and voice actress. After beginning her career in Shakespearean theatre, she rose to fame for her performance in William Wyler's thriller The Collector (1965), which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

She later appeared as Emma Fairfax in Doctor Dolittle (1967), and the American drama The Molly Maguires (1970). In the early 1970s, Eggar relocated to the United States and Canada, where she later starred in several horror films, including The Dead Are Alive (1972), The Uncanny (1977), and David Cronenberg's cult thriller The Brood (1979).

Eggar has also worked as a voice actress, as Hera in Walt Disney's Hercules (1997), and lent her voice to several video games, including Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned and 007: Nightfire. Her television work includes roles on Fantasy Island, and a recurring part as Charlotte Devane in the soap opera All My Children in 2000.[1]

Early life

Samantha Eggar was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar[2][3] on 5 March 1939[4] in Hampstead, London, to Ralph (a brigadier in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch and Portuguese descent.[5] Soon after her birth her family relocated to rural Bledlow, Buckinghamshire, during World War II, where she spent her childhood.[2] There, she was a neighbor of Oliver Reed.[2]

Eggar was brought up as a Roman Catholic and educated at St Mary's Providence Convent in Woking, Surrey. Reflecting on her time in convent school, Eggar said: "The nuns didn't have too much success with me – I've always had a violent temper. In fact, once I almost killed one of the nuns."[3] At age sixteen, she began to go by the name Samantha.[2] Although Eggar expressed interest in acting at a young age, she was urged against a career in the theatre by her parents. She was offered a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, but instead studied fashion for two years at the Thanet School of Art.[3] After completing her studies, she enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[6]

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العربية: سامانثا إيقر
azərbaycanca: Samanta Eqqar
español: Samantha Eggar
français: Samantha Eggar
한국어: 서맨사 에거
italiano: Samantha Eggar
עברית: סמנתה אגר
Nederlands: Samantha Eggar
português: Samantha Eggar
Simple English: Samantha Eggar
српски / srpski: Саманта Егар
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Samantha Eggar
Türkçe: Samantha Eggar
українська: Саманта Еггар