November 07, 2007 12:00 AM

Actress Jane Seymour was the seventh contestant to be eliminated from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night. The 56-year-old actress, who was the oldest female competitor to ever partake in the competition, tearfully accepted her fate.

Seymour said the experience, which was marred by the passing of her mother, her Malibu home threatened by the recent California wildfires and suffering a bout of food poisoning last week, “was so worth doing. I think we had an incredible run,” Seymour said to PEOPLE after the show.

“Every week we had challenges and each week she prevailed,” Seymour’s partner Tony Dovolani said. “Regardless of the outcome tonight she’s won because she represented women of all ages out here. She’s one of the greatest I’ve ever met in my life.” Two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke says Seymour “brought such class and elegance. She’s such a beautiful woman inside and out and she enjoyed every moment. She knew she was one of the oldest women on the show and she didn’t care, wearing the sexiest costumes in the world, and she has such a great energy about her.”

Living out her childhood dream on the show “has put the sparkle back on others’ faces,” Seymour said, tears welling up in her eyes as she thinks of the outpouring of fan affection she received. “That’s how I feel we’ve won. This is entertainment, but I took it really seriously in terms of learning the dancing and the technique.”

Seymour also gave the younger dancers on the show a run for their money by not acting or looking her age.

“Well, that’s the by-product,” she said of her newly-toned physique. “I’ve had a ball. It’s been great. Tony is incredibly talented and he’s class. He showed me in my best light.”

Seymour says her Dancing stint has also inspired her husband, producer James Keach, to dance.

“I’m going to be in L.A. once a month and I promised her I would continue teacher her,” Dovolani said. “Besides, I like Malibu!” –Monica Rizzo


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