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 Jean Simmons

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Jean Simmons

Birth
Lower Holloway, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Death 22 Jan 2010 (aged 80)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 46993553 View Source
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Actress. A leading lady of captivating beauty, she appeared in British and American motion pictures. She was only 15 when chosen for the role of 'Heidi' in the 1944 picture "Give Us the Moon," followed with performances in "Great Expectations" as 'Young Estella' (1946) and "Black Narcissus" (1947). She was picked by Laurence Olivier for the role of 'Ophelia' in the 1948 film adaptation of "Hamlet", and received an Academy Award nomination for her performance. In 1950, she married actor Stewart Granger, divorcing in 1960. She would marry director Richard Brooks later that year. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1977. During the 1950s and 1960s, she achieved star status with an abundance of memorable roles in such popular pictures as "The Robe" (1953), "Guys and Dolls" (1955), "The Big Country" (1958), "Elmer Gantry" (1960) and "Spartacus" (1960). She earned a second Oscar nomination for her performance in the picture "The Happy Ending" (1969). During the 1970s throughout the 1990s, she appeared on the small screen in numerous programs including the mini-series "The Thorn Birds" (for which she received an Emmy Award), "North and South" (1985) and "North and South, Book II" (1986). She played the role of 'Elizabeth Collins Stoddard' in the short-lived 1991 version of the TV series "Dark Shadows." She died from lung cancer.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 22 Jan 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 46993553
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/46993553/jean-simmons : accessed ), memorial page for Jean Simmons (31 Jan 1929–22 Jan 2010), Find a Grave Memorial ID 46993553, citing Highgate Cemetery West, Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .