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    Date of Birth: 31/01/1929
    Place of Birth: Crouch Hill, London
    Resided: Santa Monica, California.
    Date of death: 23/01/2010 (Santa Monica, lung cancer)


    Vivien Leigh's Younger, Sweeter Sister?

    Jan. 23 2010: Such sad news. It was announced on Saturday that Jean passed away at her home in Santa Monica on Friday. Her agent broke the news to the LA Times. She was 80, a few days short of her 81st birthday..

    She had been suffering from lung cancer for some time.

    It really is such sad news because Jean Simmons was one of the last links to the golden age of British cinema of the 1940s. In the last decade British movie stalwarts like Richard Todd, John Mills, Alec Guinness, John Gielgud, Kathleen Byron, Kay Walsh & Anthony Steel have passed away.

    All we have left is what is on the silver screen.


  • The beautiful female star of David Lean's Great Expectations, Laurence Olivier's Hamlet and Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Jean Simmons has played opposite the greatest actors of her generation. Her career has spanned six decades.

    Producer Val Guest lifted Simmons out of a dancing school in the dreary suburb of Cricklewood after she had attended just two weeks tuition. Guest saw in Simmons the fresh face needed for his upcoming film Give Us the Moon (1943). Simmons was fourteen and her father warned her luck would not last. He was wrong.

    Simmons' beauty and genuine, if untrained, talent carried her from success to success. In 1946, she played Estella in Great Expectations alongside soon to be famous actors John Mills and Alec Guinness. Two years later, Laurence Olivier desperate that she play Ophelia in his new production of Hamlet, pleaded with Rank organisation (to whom she was contracted) for 30 days of her time. They agreed.

    Hamlet catapulted Simmons to international stardom; she was nominated for two Oscars and her face covered Time magazine. Next she went to Fiji to make The Blue Lagoon. Married to swashbuckling actor Stewart Granger in 1950, the couple moved to Hollywood and had a daughter six years later. The union lasted a decade. Ignoring the fact Simmons was married; Howard Hughes wanted her. He bought her contract and then tried to force her to sign a new one when it expired. Simmons refused. Hughes tried to wreck her career, threatening to sue other studios should they hired her. The matter was finally settled out of court.

    Simmons married the writer-director Richard Brook in 1960, staying off screen for a few years until Spartacus (1963).

    She continued to work through out the 70's, 80's and 90's in film and television. In the mid 80s she sought professional help after becoming addicted to alcohol due to being depressed about the poor roles she was being offered.

    She lived in Santa Monica, California for many years.


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