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Jessica Bowman AKA Colleen Cooper in 'Dr Quinn' Is an Absolute Beauty at 40 and Quit Acting

Afouda Bamidele
Oct 04, 2021
02:00 P.M.

Hollywood actress Jessica Bowman made a name for herself in the early aughts starring alongside other actors in "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman." However, Bowman has quitted Hollywood these days yet remains an absolute beauty at age 40.

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Jessica Bowman brought the character of Colleen Cooper to life in 1993's TV show, "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman." She played the character and starred alongside Jane Seymour until 1998 when the show ended.

However, despite the fame she garnered from the show, Bowman's acting career seemed to have taken a download slope after the show ended. These days, the TV star is a middle-aged beauty with not a hair out of place.

Jessica Bowman | Photo: youtube.com/Dr.Quinn Medicine Woman

Jessica Bowman | Photo: youtube.com/Dr.Quinn Medicine Woman

BOWMAN AS COLLEEN COOPER

The actress embodied the relatable role of a teenage girl who faced different societal issues, a role that's particularly relatable to teenage girls and the coming-of-age folks. However, the torch was passed to Bowman by another actress.

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Before Bowman joined the cast of "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman," another young actress, Erika Flores, played Colleen Cooper instead. Flores was on the show for two seasons before heading off for other opportunities.

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," aired in over 100 countries for the span of its six seasons.

However, there were different speculations as to why she opted out. Flores was said to have left because she demanded higher pay; another rumor has it that her father asked her to stop acting.

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In another instance, Flores' father was the one who championed the idea that she demanded higher pay or quit the show. Whatever the case was, Flores left the CBS-produced show and Bowman stepped in.

BOWMAN'S LIFE AFTER THE SHOW

When Bowman first appeared on the show, she faced a lot of backlash from Flores' fans, who already got used to seeing her face. Many attributed her as someone who got the role because of her pretty face.

Bowman was indeed pretty, but she proved to fans that she did have the expertise to back it up. She would later rejoin the cast for TV movies before moving to the big screen.

The young actress appeared on the TV drama for the remainder of the show, which summed up to 88 episodes. After "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" ended, Bowman appeared in more film projects.

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Her acting credits afterward included "Lethal Vows," "Joy Ride" with the late Paul Walker, "Young hearts Unlimited," and Adam Sandler's "50 First Dates." The last TV appearance of the actress was in 2011.

Since then, she seemed to have walked away from the spotlights. The actress who was born Jessica Robyn Bowman in California also appeared in 2002's "Derailed." Bowman is currently in her forties, retired, and enjoying a private lifestyle.

THE "DR. QUINN' CAST HAD A REUNION IN 2020

Last year in June, the "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" alums came together for a hearty reunion. However, because it was amidst the pandemic lockdown, the crew settled for a zoom reunion.

Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen, Shawn Toovey, Hank Lawson, and Majorie Quinn came together to celebrate the show. It was the last successful Western TV show, and it was also a universal hit.

Joe Lando participates in The Hollywood Show held at Burbank Airport Marriott on April 21, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images

Joe Lando participates in The Hollywood Show held at Burbank Airport Marriott on April 21, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images

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"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," aired in over 100 countries for the span of its six seasons. The friendly-family hit show had fans glued to their seats with its emotion-raising theme.

While in Colorado Springs, Dr. Quinn faced a lot of daily challenges and societal issues, but she also experienced love in the process. The show was set in the 19th century, a time when being a female doctor could be difficult.

Being a strong-willed and compassionate person, the medical doctor was able to face the issues head-on. She also found love in Joe Lando's Bryan Sully and adopted three children, Colleen, Brian, and Matthew Cooper.

The Coopers were orphaned after their mother died of a snake bite. Sully's plot in the show was the typical love story where through love he overcame the problems faced by him and Dr. Quinn.

Promotional portrait of Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn, and Joe Lando, as Byron Sully, in the television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," in June 1996 | Photo: Getty Images

Promotional portrait of Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn, and Joe Lando, as Byron Sully, in the television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," in June 1996 | Photo: Getty Images

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The show, aired in the '90s, includes topics such as feminism, violence control, and environmentalism.

During the much-cherished reunion, the stars of the show enjoyed their nostalgic moments. They looked back fondly at the free concert by Johnny Cash, who starred on the show as Kid Cole.

They explored their old-time memories with the iconic Barbara Babcock, who starred as Dorothy Jennings. The cast also honored the blessed memories of the late Orson Bean, who played Loren Bray.

SEYMOUR AND LANDO AFTER "DR. QUINN"

Seymour earned a Golden Globes award and two Emmy nominations for her stint on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." After the series ended, she worked on more movies, and even though she is now 70, she remains active in the industry.

Joe Lando at 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival - "Thriftstore Cowboy" Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on October 20, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images

Joe Lando at 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival - "Thriftstore Cowboy" Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on October 20, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images

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As of 2019, the star actress had a recurring role on Netflix's "The Kominsky Method." She also serves as a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit establishment dedicated to helping children and victims of abuse.

Lando, who played Seymour's love interest on the show, went on to become an executive producer and lead actor on 2000's "High Ground." His other acting credits include "One Life To Live," "Funny Or Die," and "The Bold And The Beautiful" in 2018.

The star, who is 59-year-old, keeps thriving in Hollywood while living his best life as a family man. Lando has aged well from a TV hunk to a classic Hollywood actor.

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