Samantha Eggar (born March 5, 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning English actress.
She was christened Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar in Hampstead, London, England to an English father, Ralph Eggar, and a mother, Muriel, of Dutch and Portuguese descent.
She began her acting career in several Shakespearean companies, and debuted in film in 1962 in The Wild and the Willing. By 1965, she had received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Collector.
She married Tom Stern in 1964 (divorced in 1971) with whom she has a son, Nicholas Stern, and a daughter, Jenna Stern.
She has also appeared in such films as Walk, Don't Run, Curtains, Doctor Dolittle, The Molly Maguires, The Brood, and The Light at the Edge of the World.
In 2000, she had a brief run on the American soap opera All My Children. She has also appeared as the wife of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's brother Robert in the television series Star Trek: The Next...
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The Exterminator is a 1980 action movie directed by James Glickenhaus and starring Robert Ginty as John Eastman, aka 'The Exterminator', who takes out the street punks and those involved in organized crime when the law fails to do justice.
The film begins in Vietnam, establishing the friendship between John Eastland (Robert Ginty) and Michael Jefferson (Steve James). The film then shifts to New York, where Eastland and Jefferson work in a food warehouse. One day, a group of thugs called the Ghetto Ghouls attacked Eastland while he was working after Eastland catches them trying to steal beer, and Jefferson came to his aid. They defeated the thugs, but the gang would return to cripple Jefferson, leaving him paralyzed. Eastland, taking the law into his own hands, kills the Ghetto Ghouls except for one seen later in the hospital after interrogating one of the members with a flame thrower while he was tied up. His vigilante justice does not end there. The warehouse that he works at has...,
The Brood is a 1979 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It stars Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar and Art Hindle. It was filmed in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario.
Typical for Cronenberg, the film externalises human thought and emotion onto human physiology. In this case, an unconventional psychotherapist (Oliver Reed) has created a technique called "psychoplasmics." He encourages his patients to "go all the way through it" and allow their negative emotions (rage, fear, etc.) to cause their bodies to undergo (usually radical) physical change. A man verbally abused by his father develops welts over his body as a way of expressing his pain. Another patient develops lymphatic cancer, supposedly a manifestation of his self-hatred.
In the case of the principal characters, it causes a woman (Samantha Eggar) to parthenogenetically birth strange, mutated children and, via a telepathic bond, have them act out whatever negative emotions the mother is feeling at the time,...,
The Light at the Edge of the World is a 1971 suspense thriller movie, adapted from Jules Verne's classic 1905 action-adventure novel Le Phare du bout du monde. The plot involves piracy in the South Atlantic during the mid 19th century, with a theme of survival in extreme circumstances, and events centering on an isolated lighthouse.
Despite having a large Hollywood budget, collaboration with prestigious foreign film studios, exotic shooting locations in Europe and some big name American movie stars, the movie was mainly a failure at the box office. This was in part due to classification problems (the film was generally considered too violent), which was not only a problem for getting the film to its intended audience but it also forced the film makers to heavily edit the film - subsequently resulting in a lack of cohesion and continuity between scenes, confusing its viewers. Also, some considered the adapted screenplay to be of a poor quality, containing poor and flimsy dialogue....,
The Molly Maguires is a 1970 film based on a novel by Arthur H. Lewis that was directed by Martin Ritt.Set in late 19th-century Northeastern Pennsylvania, this social drama tells the story of an undercover detective sent to a coal mining community to expose a secret society of Irish-American miners battling exploitation at the hand of the owners.Based on a true story, the film portrays the rebellious leader of the Molly Maguires and his will to achieve social justice.If nothing else, The Molly Maguires holds a cinema record, of sorts, with an opening sequence that runs an astounding 14:51 before the first word of dialogue is spoken. The movie was filmed in Eckley, Pennsylvania in 1969. The town was so unchanged from its 1870s appearance that the only major alteration needed for filming was to remove television antennas and install underground electric wiring.The wooden "coal breaker" featured heavily in the film was built as a prop. It received little or no maintenance over the years...
Doctor Dolittle is a 1967 musical film which tells the story of a doctor who learns from his pet parrot to talk to animals. The film stars Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley and Richard Attenborough. It also featured the last film appearance of chimpanzee actor Cheeta. It was photographed in 70 mm Todd-AO by Robert Surtees.
In the mid 1800s, in the town of Puddle-by-the-Marsh, England, Irishman Matthew Mugg (played by Anthony Newley) takes his adolescent friend Tommy Stubbins (William Dix) to visit eccentric veterinarian Dr. John Dolittle (Rex Harrison). Dolittle, a former doctor, lives with a house full of animals - pigs, monkeys, goats, and a talking parrot named Polynesia (voiced by Ginny Tyler) among them.
The night is stormy, so Tommy and Matthew stay with Dolittle, and he tells them the story of how he learned to speak animal languages, of which he can now speak almost 500. He is currently attempting to master goldfish, so he can go on a quest for the mythical Great...
Walk Don't Run (sometimes titled as Walk, Don't Run in U.S. promotional materials), was a 1966 film comedy set in Tokyo during the Olympic Games in 1964. It marked the last appearance by Cary Grant in a feature film. It is a remake of the 1943 film The More the Merrier.
Sir William Rutland (Grant) is an important English businessman who arrives in the city two days early and is greeted by the housing shortage caused by the Games. While at the British Embassy seeking help, he notices an apartment available card on the bulletin board and decides to check the place out. He finds himself at the residence of Christine Easton, (Samantha Eggar), who insists that it would be improper to take him in as a housemate—for while she forgot to advertise so, she naturally preferred a woman. Easton eventually lets Rutland stay - half because she is persuaded it is her patriotic duty to take him in and half because of Rutland’s own self-assured pushiness.
Rutland then sublets half of his half of the...
The Collector is the title of a 1963 novel by John Fowles. It was made into a movie in 1965.
The book is about a lonely young man, Ferdinand Clegg, who works as a clerk in a city hall, and collects butterflies in his free time. The first part of the novel tells the story from his point of view.
Clegg is obsessed with Miranda Grey, an art student. He admires her from a distance, but is unable to make any contact with her because of his nonexistent social skills. One day, he wins a large prize in the pools. This makes it possible for him to stop working and buy an isolated house in the countryside. He feels lonely, however, and wants to be with Grey. Unable to make any normal contact, Clegg decides to add her to his 'collection' of pretty, petrified objects, in hopes that if he keeps her captive long enough, she will grow to love him. After careful preparations, he kidnaps Grey using chloroform and locks her up in the cellar of his house. He is convinced that the girl will start to...
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