Open hearts, out of a bind

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At the height of her acting career in 1992, Jane Seymour found herself without anything—her house, her marriage and her money. She had done what many wives do—signed papers without reading them at the encouragement of her then-husband. The contracts that she signed were loans for businesses that didn’t produce as expected.

Although Seymour admits that she still doesn’t like the business end of things, her current husband, executive producer James Keach, always explains to her what she is signing and why she’s signing it and keeps her abreast of their finances.

Ironically, it was her state of mind when she was in debt that led to Seymour’s success as an artist. Her mother told her to keep an open heart and to do good for others. In conjunction with a charitable event, she began to paint. That blossomed into her open-heart paintings and sculptures, from which her jewelry line was born.

As is her career, Seymour’s and Keach’s investment portfolio is well-diversified. It is also conservative, which balances out the risk that they take producing films. They’ve placed about 50 percent in fixed-income bonds, and 25 percent is in real estate and land in Malibu, Calif., “because they don’t make any more of it,” Keach ribs. They invest the last 25 percent of their portfolio in blue-chip stocks.

S. Berg