Samantha Eggar


Actor
Samantha Eggar

About

Also Known As
Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar
Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
March 05, 1939

Biography

Striking fresh-faced redhead who first made her mark as the object of Terence Stamp's obsessive desire in William Wyler's haunting "The Collector" (1965), a role which earned her a Best Actress award at Cannes, and an Oscar nomination. Samantha Eggar had begun her career on the British stage, appearing in numerous productions of Shakespeare in the provinces and for two seasons at the Oxf...

Family & Companions

Tom Stern
Husband
French.
Tom Stern
Husband
Actor, producer, concert promoter. Married on October 24, 1964; divorced on March 25, 1971.

Biography

Striking fresh-faced redhead who first made her mark as the object of Terence Stamp's obsessive desire in William Wyler's haunting "The Collector" (1965), a role which earned her a Best Actress award at Cannes, and an Oscar nomination. Samantha Eggar had begun her career on the British stage, appearing in numerous productions of Shakespeare in the provinces and for two seasons at the Oxford Playhouse. She was appearing in the Royal Court Theatre production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" when she was "discovered" by producer Betty Box and placed in "Wild and Willing," a feature film about college students.

Within three years she was starring with Terence Stamp in "The Collector," and two years later was the object of Rex Harrison's affection in "Dr. Dolittle" (1967). In "The Molly Maguires" (1970), she was torn between her affection for Richard Harris and her loyalty to Sean Connery and the miners. She was the psychiatrist in the 1980 "Death Wish" clone, "The Exterminator."

Eggar made her TV debut in an episode of "The Saint" (1965), and starred opposite Yul Brynner in the series version of "Anna and the King" (CBS, 1972), which is better known to most audiences as "The King and I." She has also appeared in numerous TV episodes. Eggar made her TV-movie debut in the 1973 remake of "Double Indemnity" playing the devious Phyllis Dietrichson, inheriting the Barbara Stanwyck role form the 1943 original. She was Billie Burke, wife of Florenz Ziegfeld in the 1978 biographical TV-movie ""Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women." Eggar also co-starred with Audrey Hepburn in the latter's one and only TV- movie, "Love Among Thieves" (1987). In the 90s, Eggar often provided the voices for animated characters on numerous series and specials, principally as Queen Guinevere in "The Legend of Prince Valiant," which aired on the Family Channel from 1991-95. She also appeared as Kristy Swanson's society mother in Simon Wincer's "The Phantom" (1996).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Truth About Lying (2000)
The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
Hercules (1997)
Voice
Back in Business (1997)
Dr Sonya Brody
Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Everything to Gain" (1996)
Diana Keswick
The Phantom (1996)
Lily Palmer
Inevitable Grace (1993)
Britt
A Case for Murder (1993)
The Magic Voyage (1992)
Voice
Dark Horse (1992)
Round Numbers (1992)
Anne
A Ghost In Monte Carlo (1990)
Jeanne
Ragin' Cajun (1990)
Love Among Thieves (1987)
Solange Dulac
For the Term of His Natural Life (1985)
Curtains (1983)
Hot Touch (1982)
The Exterminator (1980)
The Brood (1979)
Nola Carveth
Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978)
The Great Battle (1978)
The Uncanny (1977)
Edina Hamilton ("Hollywood 1936")
Welcome to Blood City (1977)
Katherine
The Killer Who Wouldn't Die (1976)
Why Shoot the Teacher (1976)
Alice Field
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
All the Kind Strangers (1974)
Carol Ann
Double Indemnity (1973)
Phyllis Dietrickson
The Dead Are Alive (1972)
Myra
The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)
Arabella [Ponsenby]
The Walking Stick (1970)
Deborah Dainton
The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (1970)
Dany Lang
The Molly Maguires (1970)
Mary Raines
A Name For Evil (1970)
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Emma Fairfax
Walk, Don't Run (1966)
Christine Easton
The Collector (1965)
Miranda Grey
Return From the Ashes (1965)
Fabienne
Doctor in Distress (1964)
Delia
Psyche 59 (1964)
Robin
Dr. Crippen (1964)
Ethel Le Neve
Young and Willing (1964)
Josie

Cast (Special)

Directed By William Wyler (1986)
Herself
The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond (1975)

Misc. Crew (Special)

Directed By William Wyler (1986)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible (1996)
Voice
The Magic Flute (1994)
Voice

Life Events

1962

Film debut, "The Wild and the Willing"

1962

Discoved by producer Betty Box while appearing in in Royal Court production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1965

Made TV debut in an episode of "The Saint"

1967

Was the object of Rex Harrison's affections in "Doctor Doolittle"

1972

Starred as Anna in "Anna and the King" TV series

1973

Made TV movie debut in Barbara Stanwyck role in remake of "Double Indemnity"

1987

Co-starred with Audrey Hepburn in "Love Among Thieves" (ABC)

1991

Provided voice of Queen Guinevere in animated series "The Legend of Prince Valiant"

1996

Played supporting role in "The Phantom"

2000

Appeared on the ABC drama series "All My Children"

Photo Collections

Doctor in Distress - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for the British comedy Doctor in Distress (1963), starring Dirk Bogarde. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Walking Stick, The (1970) - Open, Underground Atmospheric and crowded, no dialogue but much action in London scenes with opening credits from The Walking Stick, 1970, from Winston Graham's novel, starring Samantha Eggar and David Hemmings.
Walking Stick, The (1970) - Stuff From The River London artist Leigh (David Hemmings) has brought reclusive polio victim Deborah (Samantha Eggar) home from an art party, early in director Eric Till's The Walking Stick, 1970, from a Winston Graham novel.
Doctor Dolittle (1967) - Fox Protection Society Introducing the bloviating General Bellowes (Peter Bull) and his prepossessing but stuffy niece Emma (Samantha Eggar), assaulting the title character (Rex Harrison) and friends Matt (Anthony Newley) and Tommy (William Dix), in Doctor Dolittle, 1967, directed by Richard Fleischer.
Walking Stick, The (1970) - Are You A Good Painter? Polio sufferer Deborah (Samantha Eggar) meets chatty artist Leigh (David Hemmings) at a London art party, early in director Eric Till's The Walking Stick, 1970, from a novel by Winston Graham.
Collector, The (1965) - All The Living Beauty Still hoping for a warm relationship with the girl he's kidnapped, Freddie (Terence Stamp) shows Miranda (Samantha Eggar) his butterflies, in William Wyler's The Collector, 1965, from John Fowles' novel.
Collector, The (1965) - Miranda Lonesome Freddie (Terence Stamp) in his panel van stalks then abducts Miranda (Samantha Eggar), emerging through Trafalgar Square toward his Sussex hide-out, in William Wyler's film from John Fowles' novel, The Collector, 1965.
Collector, The (1965) - Let Me Have My Bath Maybe not outrageous by 1965 standards but certainly for director William Wyler, abductor Freddie (Terence Stamp) has to renege on his offer of a bath for victim Miranda (Samantha Eggar) in The Collector, from John Fowles' novel.
Return From The Ashes - You've No Idea How Evil First appearance by Samantha Eggar as "Fabienne," who spies a woman she believes only resembles her deceased mother, whose estate she hopes to share with step-father Stan (Maximilian Schell) in Return From The Ashes, 1965.
Dr. Crippen (1963) - I Have A Rival? From a flashback into the memory of Ethel (Samantha Eggar) while on trial, she recalls one doctor (Hamilton Dyce), a fellow assistant (Totti Truman Taylor) and her fellow defendant, the title character, Donald Pleasence, in Dr. Crippen, 1963.
Dr. Crippen (1963) - His Own Evil Ends From the opening credit sequence, principals Donald Pleasence and Samantha Eggar introduced, and Sir Donald Wolfit laying out the case as the prosecutor, in the fact-based Dr. Crippen, 1963.
Doctor In Distress - Why Am I Doing This? Resident Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) usurps interns swarming around fetching patient Delia (Samantha Eggar), early in Doctor In Distress, 1964, from the popular series produced by Betty E. Box.

Trailer

Family

Ralph Eggar
Father
French.
Ralph Eggar
Father
Brigadier general, British army.
Muriel Eggar
Mother
Actor, playwright.
Jack Eggar
Uncle
Had two; survived him.
Jack Eggar
Uncle
Stage producer.
Nicolas Stern
Son
Agent.
Nicolas Stern
Son
Born in 1965.
Jenna Louise Stern
Daughter
Survived him.
Jenna Louise Stern
Daughter
Born in 1967.

Companions

Tom Stern
Husband
French.
Tom Stern
Husband
Actor, producer, concert promoter. Married on October 24, 1964; divorced on March 25, 1971.

Bibliography