Born 1939 as Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar in Hampstead, London, British-American actress Samantha Eggar began her acting career in several Shakespearean companies, notably playing Titania in a 1962 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her second film role was in 1962 in The Wild and the Willing; the same year, she appeared onstage again as Olivia in a production of Twelfth Night by George Devine.
After beginning her career in Shakespearean theatre, Eggar 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.
Eggar later appeared as Emma Fairfax in Doctor Dolittle (1967), and the American drama The Molly Maguires (1970). In the early 1970s, she 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.
Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Samantha Eggar in the 1960s.