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Jean Simmons

Jean Merilyn Simmons, the demure British beauty who still has legions of fans around the globe, has been a bright star in Hollywood for more than fifty years.

She was born January 31, 1929 in Crouch End, North London. She made her film debut in 1944's Give Us the Moon after being discovered in a talent search by producer Val Guest. She went on to appear in major British productions such as Caesar and Cleopatra [1946], Great Expectations [1946] as Estella, Black Narcissus [1946] as a seductive native girl, Hamlet [1948] as Ophelia, The Blue Lagoon [1949], So Long at the Fair [1950], and others.

Ophelia was her breakthrough role and she appeared on the cover of Time magazine, was Oscar-nominated and won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. The Blue Lagoon, horribly remade in 1980, is often listed as out of print. It's available by e-mailing Bob.

She married Stewart Granger in December of 1950 and they went to Hollywood. Their daughter Tracy Granger was born in 1956. Despite the fact that she was married, Howard Hughes wanted her in more ways than one and bought her contract from J. Arthur Rank. When Hughes wanted her to sign a new contract when her old one expired, she refused. Hughes tried to blackball her with other studios threatening lawsuits if they attempted to hire her. Simmons and Granger sued Hughes. It was settled out of court and they accepted only legal expenses. Jean Simmons worked independently after that episode.

She was a headline performer in major films such as Androcles and the Lion [1952], 1953's Angel Face opposite Robert Mitchum, Affair With a Stranger, The Actress, Young Bess with Granger, The Robe as Diana, 1954's The Egyptian, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Desiree, 1955's Guys and Dolls as Sarah Brown, Hilda Crane [1956] as the title character, Until They Sail [1957], The Big Country [1958] with Gregory Peck, and This Earth is Mine [1959] with Rock Hudson.

Ms. Simmons divorced Granger in 1960 and married writer-director Richard Brooks who cast her opposite Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry [1960]. Their daughter Kate was born in 1961. She made two other memorable films in 1960, most notably Spartacus as Varinia opposite Kirk Douglas and The Grass Is Greener.

She was off the screen for a few years and then starred in All the Way Home [1963], Life at the Top [1965], Mister Buddwing [1966], 1967's Divorce American Style and Rough Night in Jericho, and The Happy Ending [1969].

She continued to be active in a few films and on TV in the 1970s and appeared in the London production of A Little Night Music in 1975 and toured with the play for two years. In the 1980s and 1990s she was active in television and won an Emmy Award for her role as Fiona Cleary in The Thorn Birds miniseries. She made a return to the screen in How to Make an American Quilt [1995]. She received successful treatment for alcoholism at the Betty Ford Clinic in 1983. Jean divorced Richard Brooks in 1977 and he passed away in 1992. She resides in Santa Monica, California.

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AWARD
YEAR
FILM
CATEGORY
[N] NOMINATION

[W] WIN

Academy Award
1949
Hamlet
Best Supporting Actress
N
Academy Award
1970
The Happy Ending
Best Actress
N
British Academy Award
1957
Guys and Dolls
Best Foreign Actress
N
British Academy Award
1961
Elmer Gantry
Best Foreign Actress
N
Emmy Award
1983
The Thorn Birds
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
W
Emmy Award
1989
Murder, She Wrote
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
N
Golden Globe Award
1956
Guys and Dolls
Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy
W
Golden Globe Award
1958
Special Award
Most Versatile Actress
W
Golden Globe Award
1970
The Happy Ending
Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama
N
Golden Globe Award
1984
The Thorn Birds
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
N
National Board of Review Award
1953
Young Bess, The Actress & The Robe
Best Actress
W
Venice Film Festival [Volpi Cup]
1948
Hamlet
Best Actress
W

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FILMOGRAPHY

leafbt Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love (2001) (TV) (archive footage)
leafbt Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) (voice) ~~ Council Member #2
leafbt On Cukor (2000) (TV) (voice) ~~ Narrator
leafbt Her Own Rules (1998) (TV) ~~ Katherine Stanton
leafbt Daisies in December (1995) (TV) ~~ Katherine Palmer
leafbt How to Make an American Quilt (1995) ~~ Em (artist's wife)
leafbt One More Mountain (1994) (TV) ~~ Sarah Keyes
leafbt "Angel Falls" (1993) TV Series ~~ Irene Larson
leafbt "Dark Shadows" (1991) TV Series ~~ Elizabeth Collins Stoddard/Naomi Collins
leafbt They Do It with Mirrors (1991) (TV) ~~ Carrie-Louise Serrocold
leafbt People Like Us (1990) (TV) ~~ Peach Prindible Bailey
leafbt Laker Girls (1990) (TV) ~~ Connie Harrison
leafbt Dark Shadows (1990) (TV) ~~ Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
leafbt Sensibility and Sense (1990) (TV)
leafbt "Great Expectations" (1989) TV miniseries ~~ Miss Havisham
leafbt Friendship in Vienna, A (1988) (TV) (voice) ~~ Narrator
leafbt Inherit the Wind (1988) (TV) ~~ Lucy Brady
leafbt Dawning, The (1988) ~~ Aunt Mary
leafbt Yellow Pages (1988) ~~ Maxine de la Hunt
leafbt Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (1987) (TV) ~~ Laura Kilgallen
leafbt "North and South II" (1986) TV miniseries ~~ Clarissa Main
leafbt "North and South" (1985) TV miniseries ~~ Clarissa Main
leafbt Midas Valley (1985) (TV)
leafbt "Thorn Birds, The" (1983) TV miniseries ~~ Fiona "Fee" Cleary
leafbt Golden Gate (1981) (TV)
leafbt Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (1981) (TV) ~~ Helen Lawson
leafbt Small Killing, A (1981) (TV) ~~ Margaret Lawrence
leafbt Beggarman, Thief (1979) (TV) ~~ Gretchen Jordache Burke
leafbt "Dain Curse, The" (1978) TV miniseries ~~ Aaronia Haldorn
leafbt Dominique (1978) ~~ Dominique Ballard
leafbt Mr. Sycamore (1974) ~~ Estelle Benbow
leafbt Say Hello to Yesterday (1971) ~~ Woman
leafbt Happy Ending, The (1969) ~~ Mary Wilson
leafbt Heidi (1968) (TV) ~~ Fraulein Rottenmeier
leafbt Rough Night in Jericho (1967) ~~ Molly Lang
leafbt Divorce American Style (1967) ~~ Nancy Downes
leafbt Soldier in Love (1967) (TV)
leafbt Life at the Top (1965) ~~ Susan Lampton
leafbt Mister Buddwing (1965) ~~ The Blonde
leafbt All the Way Home (1963) ~~ Mary Follet
leafbt Elmer Gantry (1960) ~~ Sister Sharon Falconer
leafbt Grass Is Greener, The (1960) ~~ Hattie Durant
leafbt Spartacus (1960) ~~ Varinia
leafbt This Earth Is Mine (1959) ~~ Elizabeth Rambeau
leafbt Big Country, The (1958) ~~ Julie Maragon
leafbt Home Before Dark (1958) ~~ Charlotte Brown
leafbt This Could Be the Night (1957) ~~ Anne Leeds
leafbt Until They Sail (1957) ~~ Barbara Leslie Forbes
leafbt Hilda Crane (1956) ~~ Hilda Crane
leafbt Guys and Dolls (1955) ~~ Sarah Brown
leafbt Footsteps in the Fog (1955) ~~ Lily Watkins
leafbt Egyptian, The (1954) ~~ Meryt
leafbt Bullet Is Waiting, A (1954) ~~ Cally Canham
leafbt Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
leafbt Desirée (1954) ~~ Desiree Clary
leafbt She Couldn't Say No (1954) ~~ Corby Lane
leafbt Actress, The (1953) ~~ Ruth Gordon
leafbt Androcles and the Lion (1953) ~~ Lavinia
leafbt Affair with a Stranger (1953) ~~ Carolyn Parker
leafbt Robe, The (1953) ~~ Diana
leafbt Young Bess (1953) ~~ Queen Elizabeth I
leafbt Angel Face (1952) ~~ Diane Tremayne
leafbt Clouded Yellow, The (1951) ~~ Sophie Malraux
leafbt Cage of Gold (1950) ~~ Judith
leafbt So Long at the Fair (1950) ~~ Vicky Barton
leafbt Trio (1950) ~~ Evie Bishop
leafbt Adam and Evelyne (1949) ~~ Evelyne Wallace
leafbt Blue Lagoon, The (1949) ~~ Emmeline Foster
leafbt Hamlet (1948) ~~ Ophelia
leafbt Black Narcissus (1947) ~~ Kanchi
leafbt Hungry Hill (1947) ~~ Lady Broderick
leafbt Inheritance, The (1947) ~~ Caroline Ruthyn
leafbt Woman in the Hall, The (1947) ~~ Joy Blake
leafbt Caesar and Cleopatra (1946) ~~ Harpist
leafbt Great Expectations (1946) ~~ Young Estella
leafbt Way to the Stars, The (1945) ~~ Singer
leafbt Kiss the Bride Goodbye (1944) ~~ Molly Dodd
leafbt Meet Sexton Blake (1944) ~~ Eva Watkins
leafbt Mr. Emmanuel (1944) ~~ Sally Cooper
leafbt Sports Day (1944) (uncredited) ~~ Bit Part
leafbt Give Us the Moon (1943) ~~ Heidi

TV APPEARANCES OF NOTE

leafbt "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) playing "Admiral Nora Satie" in the episode "Drumhead, The" 4/27/1991
leafbt "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) playing "Eudora McVeigh" in the episode "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Pt. 2" 5/21/1989
leafbt "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) playing "Eudora McVeigh" in the episode "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Pt. 1" 5/14/1989
leafbt "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1985) playing "Margaret Lowen" in the episode "Pen Pal" 8/15/1988
leafbt "Hawaii Five-O" (1968) playing "Terri O'Brien" in the episode "Cop on the Cover, The" 9/29/1977
leafbt "In the Heat of the Night" (1988) playing "Cordelia" in the episode "Ches and the Grand Lady"

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