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Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons

(1929 – 2010)

  • Your beauty and radiance were beyond compare. You were an incredible actress with amazing talent. May you rest in peace.
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Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons
(1929 – 2010)

In memory of

Jean Simmons

(1929 – 2010)
About Jean
This is an online memorial dedicated to Jean Simmons. Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE was an English actress who appeared predominantly in motion pictures, beginning with British-made films during and after World War II followed by mostly Hollywood films from 1950 onwards. She was a strikingly beautiful woman, with a demure and cultured persona, and appeared alongside many leading British and American male film stars during a long and successful career.
Born in Lower Holloway, London, England, to Charles Simmons and his wife Winifred (Loveland) Simmons, Jean Simmons began acting at the age of 14. During World War II, the Simmons family had been evacuated to Winscombe in Somerset. Her father, a physical education
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teacher (who had represented Great Britain in the 1912 Summer Olympics), taught briefly at Sidcot School, and sometime during this period Jean followed her older sister on to the village stage and sang songs like "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow". Returning to London and just enrolled at the Aida Foster School of Dance, she was talent-spotted by the director Val Guest, who cast her in the Margaret Lockwood vehicle Give us the Moon. Prior to moving to Hollywood, she played the young Estella in David Lean's version of Great Expectations (1946) and Ophelia in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948). It was the experience of working on Great Expectations that caused her to pursue an acting career more seriously:
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"I thought acting was just a lark, meeting all those exciting movie stars, and getting £5 a day which was lovely because we needed the money. But I figured I'd just go off and get married and have children like my mother. It was working with David Lean that convinced me to go on."
Playing Ophelia in Olivier's Hamlet made her a star, though she was already well-known for her work in other British films, including her first starring role in the film adaptation of Uncle Silas. Olivier offered her the chance to work and study at the Bristol Old Vic, advising her to play anything they threw at her to get experience, but it was not to be. She was under contract to the Rank Organisation. In 1950, Britain lost
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their young star to America, and Rank sold her to Howard Hughes who then owned the RKO studio.
In 1950, she married the English actor Stewart Granger, with whom she appeared in several films, successfully making the transition to an American career. She made four films for Hughes, including Angel Face, directed by Otto Preminger. In 1953, she starred alongside Spencer Tracy in The Actress, a film that is one of her personal favourites. Among the many films she appeared in during this period were The Robe (1953), The Egyptian (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), The Big Country (1958), Elmer Gantry (1960), (directed by her second husband, Richard Brooks), Spartacus (1960), and The Happy Ending, again directed by
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Brooks and for which she received her second Oscar nomination.
By the 1970s, Jean Simmons turned her focus to stage and television acting. She toured the United States in the well-reviewed A Little Night Music, then took the show to London, and thus originated the role of Desirée Armfeldt on the West End. Doing the show for three years, she said she never tired of Stephen Sondheim's music; "No matter how tired or off you felt, the music would just pick you up." For her appearance in the mini-series The Thorn Birds, she won an Emmy Award. In 1985 and 1986, she appeared in North & South. In 1988, she starred in The Dawning with Anthony Hopkins and Hugh Grant, and in 1989, she again starred in a miniseries,
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this time a version of Great Expectations, in which she played the role of Miss Havisham, Estella's adoptive mother. Jean made a late career appearance in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Drumhead" as a witch-hunt-inspiring investigator named Admiral Norah Satie.
She passed away on January 22nd, 2010, at her home in Santa Monica, California. This is a tribute to Jean Simmons and her remarkable career. May she rest in peace.
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On 18th Aug 2013
Emily Nicole
wrote:
What a talented actress. Honestly my inspiration. I know it's been nearly four years, but... rest in peace, Jean.
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Anonymous
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
Your beauty and radiance were beyond compare. You were an incredible actress with amazing talent. May you rest in peace.
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Jean Simmons

This is an online memorial dedicated to Jean Simmons. Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE was an English actress who appeared predominantly in motion pictures, beginning with British-made films during and after World War II followed by mostly Hollywood films from 1950 onwards. She was a strikingly beautiful woman, with a demure and cultured persona, and appeared alongside many leading British and American male film stars during a long and successful career.
Born in Lower Holloway, London, England, to Charles Simmons and his wife Winifred (Loveland) Simmons, Jean Simmons began acting at the age of 14. During World War II, the Simmons family had been evacuated to Winscombe in Somerset. Her father, a physical education...

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