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Jean Simmons

Biography

Actress who have gained fame seeing that Ophelia within the 1948 film Hamlet. Her efficiency within the film gained her an Academy Award nomination. She also performed roles within the movies Spartacus, Howl’s Shifting Castle, Men and Dolls as well as the Big Nation. She was uncovered by movie director Val Guest young. She received a Primetime Emmy Prize for Outstanding Helping Actress within a Miniseries or even a Movie on her behalf role as Charge Cleary within the 1983 Television miniseries The Thorn Wild birds. She was wedded to Richard Brooks from 1960 to 1977, also to Stewart Granger from 1950 to 1960. She got two children called Tracy and Kate. She performed young Estella within the 1946 David Low fat film Great Targets.

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Full Name Jean Simmons
Date Of Birth January 31, 1929
Died January 22, 2010, Santa Monica, California, United States
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.68 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Aida Foster Theatre School
Nationality American, British
Spouse Richard Brooks, Stewart Granger
Children Tracy Granger, Kate Brooks
Parents Charles Simmons, Winifred Simmons
Siblings Edna Simmons, Harold Simmons, Lorna Simmons
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Volpi Cup for Best Actress, National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, David di Donatello Golden Plate Award, Golden Globe Special Achievement Award
Music Groups Kiss, Wicked Lester
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Movies Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, The Big Country, The Robe, Hamlet, Black Narcissus, Angel Face, Désirée, Elmer Gantry, Howl's Moving Castle, The Egyptian, Great Expectations, Young Bess, The Grass Is Greener, The Happy Ending, Until They Sail, The Blue Lagoon, Say Hello to Yesterday, How to Make an American Quilt, Footsteps in the Fog, So Long at the Fair, Rough Night in Jericho, Home Before Dark, Androcles and the Lion, The Actress, Caesar and Cleopatra, Shadows in the Sun, This Earth Is Mine, Adam and Evelyne, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Uncle Silas, Give Us the Moon, The Way to the Stars, Hilda Crane, Mister Buddwing, Affair with a Stranger, Divorce American Style, Heidi, This Could Be the Night, Life at the Top, She Couldn't Say No, The Clouded Yellow, Daisies in December, The Dawning, The Woman in the Hall, All the Way Home, A Bullet Is Waiting, Thru the Moebius Strip, Cage of Gold, Hungry Hill, Dominique
TV Shows Mysteries of the Bible, North and South, Angel Falls, Great Expectations, Dark Shadows, The Thorn Birds, The Dain Curse, People Like Us
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Was reportedly a candidate for the role of Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949).
2Received her first on-screen kiss from Tony Wager in Great Expectations (1946).
3She has two roles in common with Helena Bonham Carter: (1) Simmons played Ophelia in Hamlet (1948) while Bonham Carter played her in Hamlet (1990) and (2) Simmons played Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (1989) while Bonham Carter played her in Great Expectations (2012).
4She starred in two adaptations of Charles Dickens' 1861 novel "Great Expectations": Great Expectations (1946) and Great Expectations (1989). She played Estella in the former and Miss Havisham in the latter.
5Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Guys and Dolls (1955). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
6Jean Simmons passed away on January 22, 2010, only nine days before what would have been her 81st birthday on January 31.
7Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 32, a daughter Kate Charlene Brooks, aka Kate Brooks, on July 9, 1961. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, Richard Brooks.
8Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a daughter Tracy Stewart Granger, aka Tracy Granger, on September 10, 1956. Child's father is her 1st ex-husband, Stewart Granger.
9She was the only guest star on the television series Murder, She Wrote (1984) to receive an Emmy Award nomination (1989).
10According to Richard Burton's biography "And God Created Burton", Simmons had an affair with the actor when they were filming The Robe (1953) together.
11She is survived by her daughters, Tracy Granger and Kate Brooks, and one grandson, Ty Saville.
12Her Hamlet (1948) co-star Laurence Olivier urged the young actress to perfect her craft on the stage; instead, she decided to follow her future husband Stewart Granger to Hollywood.
13She and Marlon Brando were originally supposed to lip-sync their songs in the musical film Guys and Dolls (1955). Samuel Goldwyn heard them during rehearsal and decided the untrained stars should do their own singing for authenticity.
14Director Richard Brooks claimed that he wrote The Happy Ending (1969), the filmed story of an alcoholic wife (played by Simmons) as a way to tell his wife that she herself had a problem. The marriage eventually broke up due to Simmons' drinking and Brooks' workaholic tendencies.
15Became a United States citizen in 1956.
16Her mother was Winifred Aida Loveland. Her father, Charles Simmons, won a bronze medal in the Olympics for Great Britain in artistic gymnastics and died of an ulcer when Jean was age 16.
17Was William Wyler's first choice for the role of Princess Ann in Roman Holiday (1953), but Howard Hughes, who owned her contract, would not loan her out to Paramount to do the film.
18She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.
19In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Fiorella Betti. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani during the mid-1950s, most notably in The Robe (1953). Other actresses like Miranda Bonansea, Rosetta Calavetta and Rina Morelli also lent their voice to Simmons at some point. From the 1960s onwards, Maria Pia Di Meo became her official Italian voice.
20As of 2013, she is one of six women who has received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a performance directed by her spouse, namely for The Happy Ending (1969) directed by Richard Brooks. The other five are Elisabeth Bergner for Escape Me Never (1935) (directed by Paul Czinner), Joanne Woodward for Rachel, Rachel (1968) (directed by Paul Newman), Gena Rowlands for A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1980) (both directed by John Cassavetes), Julie Andrews for Victor Victoria (1982) (directed by Blake Edwards), and Frances McDormand for Fargo (1996) (directed by Joel Coen). Jules Dassin also directed his future wife Melina Mercouri in a Best Actress Oscar nominated performance (Never on Sunday (1960)), but they were not married yet at the time of the nomination.
21In the late 1970s, she and daughter Kate Brooks lived in the Litchfield County town of New Milford, Connecticut. They later returned to their longtime California home in Santa Monica.
22Even before her American debut, she was revered and beloved by both the British critics and filmgoers. By the end of 1950, she was the #4 box office attraction, American or British, in British cinema.
23In 1958, she accepted the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role on behalf of Alec Guinness, who was not present at the awards ceremony.
24In America from the early 1950s, Jean found out that RKO head Howard Hughes had purchased the remaining six months of her Rank Studio contract. When Hughes claimed that an oral agreement with Rank precluded her from being loaned out to any other studio, she sued RKO. The legal battle raged for over a year. When the suit was finally settled, RKO had a three-year contract for Jean's services, but was obligated to pay her $250,000 in addition to her legal fees. Furthermore, she won the right to work on loan to other studios at a substantial salary.
25She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 New Year's Honours List for her services to acting.
26Becoming depressed at the lack of quality parts being offered her, Jean became addicted to alcohol. In 1986, she sought professional treatment.
27Turned down the role of Jean Pargetter on the British television series As Time Goes By (1992), which went to Judi Dench.
28Daughter, with Richard Brooks, Kate Brooks. Daughter, with Stewart Granger, Tracy Granger.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hotel1983-1985TV SeriesJessica Daniels / Milly Toland
Going Undercover1985Maxine de la Hunt
Midas Valley1985TV MovieMolly Hammond
All for Love1983TV SeriesDeirdre Mackay
The Thorn Birds1983TV Mini-SeriesFiona 'Fee' Cleary
A Small Killing1981TV MovieMargaret Lawrence
Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls1981TV MovieHelen Lawson
Golden Gate1981TV MovieJane Kingsley
Beggarman, Thief1979TV MovieGretchen Jordache Burke
Dominique1979Dominique Ballard
The Dain Curse1978TV Mini-SeriesAaronia Haldorn
Hawaii Five-O1977TV SeriesTerri O'Brien
Mr. Sycamore1975Estelle Benbow
The Easter Promise1975TV MovieConstance Payne
The Odd Couple1972TV SeriesPrincess
Decisions! Decisions!1971TV MoviePhoebe Masterson
Say Hello to Yesterday1971Woman
The Happy Ending1969Mary Wilson
Heidi1968TV MovieFrl. Rottenmeier
Rough Night in Jericho1967Molly Lang
Divorce American Style1967Nancy Downes
Soldier in Love1967TV MovieSarah Churchill
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966-1967TV SeriesRuth Bannister / Suzy
Mister Buddwing1966The Blonde
Life at the Top1965Susan Lampton
All the Way Home1963Mary Follet
The Grass Is Greener1960Hattie Durant
Spartacus1960Varinia
Elmer Gantry1960Sister Sharon Falconer
This Earth Is Mine1959Elizabeth Rambeau
Home Before Dark1958Charlotte Bronn
The Big Country1958Julie Maragon
Until They Sail1957Barbara Leslie Forbes
This Could Be the Night1957Anne Leeds
Hilda Crane1956Hilda Crane Burns
Guys and Dolls1955Sarah Brown
Footsteps in the Fog1955Lily Watkins
Désirée1954Désirée Clary
A Bullet Is Waiting1954Cally Canham
The Egyptian1954Merit
She Couldn't Say No1954Corby Lane
The Actress1953Ruth Gordon Jones
The Robe1953Diana
Affair with a Stranger1953Carolyn Parker
Young Bess1953Young Bess (Queen Elizabeth I)
Angel Face1953Diane Tremayne Jessup
Androcles and the Lion1952Lavinia
The Clouded Yellow1950Sophie Malraux
Cage of Gold1950Judith
Trio1950Evie Bishop (in segment Sanatorium)
So Long at the Fair1950Vicky Barton
Adam and Evalyn1949Evelyne Wallace
The Blue Lagoon1949Emmeline Foster
Hamlet1948Ophelia - and Daughter
The Woman in the Hall1947Jay Blake
The Inheritance1947Caroline Ruthyn
Black Narcissus1947Kanchi
Hungry Hill1947Jane Brodrick
Great Expectations1946Young Estella
Caesar and Cleopatra1945Harpist (uncredited)
Johnny in the Clouds1945A Singer
Meet Sexton Blake1945Eva Watkins
Kiss the Bride Goodbye1945Molly Dodd
Sports Day1944ShortPeggy
Mr. Emmanuel1944Sally Cooper (as Jean Simmonds)
Give Us the Moon1944Heidi
Shadows in the Sun2009Hannah
Thru the Moebius Strip2005Shepway (voice)
Howl's Moving Castle2004Grandma Sophie (English version, voice)
Winter Solstice2003TV MovieCountess Lucinda Rhives
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within2001Council Member #2 (voice)
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryNarrator
Mysteries of the Bible III1998TV SeriesNarrator
Her Own Rules1998TV MovieKatherine Stratton
Daisies in December1995TV MovieKatherine Palmer
How to Make an American Quilt1995Em
One More Mountain1994TV MovieSarah Keyes
In the Heat of the Night1994TV SeriesCordelia Woodlin
Angel Falls1993TV SeriesIrene Larson
Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors1991TV MovieCarrie-Louise Serrocold
Great Expectations1991TV Mini-SeriesMiss Havisham
Star Trek: The Next Generation1991TV SeriesAdmiral Nora Satie
Dark Shadows1991TV SeriesElizabeth Collins Stoddard / Naomi Collins
People Like Us1990TV MoviePeach Prindible Bailey
Laker Girls1990TV MovieConnie Harrison
American Playhouse1990TV SeriesOlder Elinor
Murder, She Wrote1989TV SeriesEudora McVeigh / Eudora McVeigh Shipton
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1988TV SeriesMargaret Lowen
A Friendship in Vienna1988TV MovieNarrator (voice)
The Dawning1988Aunt Mary
Inherit the Wind1988TV MovieLucy Brady
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love1987TV MovieLaura Robertson
December Flower1987TV MovieEtta Marsh
North and South, Book II1986TV Mini-SeriesClarissa Main
North and South1985TV Mini-SeriesClarissa Main

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guys and Dolls1955performer: "A Woman in Love" 1950, "Follow the Fold" 1950, "I'll Know" 1950, "If I Were a Bell" 1950 - uncredited
The Actress1953performer: "My Beautiful Lady" 1911 - uncredited
Johnny in the Clouds1945performer: "Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Jean Simmons: Rose of England2004DocumentaryHerself
American Masters2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love2001TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee / Ophelia
Biography1999-2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Cleopatra's World: Alexandria Revealed1999TV Movie documentaryStory teller
Mysteries of the Bible1994-1998TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator / Narrator / Herself
This Is Your Life1995TV Series documentaryHerself
Reflections on the Silver Screen1992TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas1991TV Special documentaryHerself
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story1987TV Series documentaryHerself
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Annual Tribute: A Salute to Kirk Douglas1987TV MovieHerself - Speaker
The Golden Gong1985TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite TV Mini Series
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
The Hollywood Squares1977TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Dean Martin Show1974TV SeriesHerself
Cinema1970TV Series documentaryHerself
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in Leading Role
Frost on Sunday1970TV SeriesHerself - Award Presenter
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHerself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHerself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Best Actor Award for Alec Guinness
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1957TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1955TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trumbo2015Varinia (uncredited)
The Many Faces of...2011TV Series documentaryHerself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam (uncredited)
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
Cinema 32010TV Series
Días de cine2010TV Series
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesFiona 'Fee' Cleary
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryVarinia
Biography1995-2001TV Series documentaryActress 'Desiree'
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories2000Video documentaryHerself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActress 'The Robe' (uncredited)
Xena: Warrior Princess1996TV SeriesVarinia
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesSergeant Sarah Brown
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008Silver Medallion AwardTelluride Film Festival, US
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Voice-Over PerformanceHauru no ugoku shiro (2004)· Emily Mortimer
1994BFI FellowshipBritish Film Institute Awards
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Thorn Birds (1983)
1958Special AwardGolden Globes, USAFor the most versatile actress.
1956Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - Comedy or MusicalGuys and Dolls (1955)
1956Golden PlateDavid di Donatello AwardsFootsteps in the Fog (1955)· Stewart Granger
1953NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActressYoung Bess (1953)
1950BambiBambi AwardsBest Actress - InternationalHamlet (1948)
1948International AwardVenice Film FestivalBest ActressHamlet (1948)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastHow to Make an American Quilt (1995)· Maya Angelou
· Anne Bancroft
· Ellen Burstyn
· Samantha Mathis
· Kate Nelligan
· Winona Ryder
· Lois Smith
· Alfre Woodard
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesMurder, She Wrote (1984)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Thorn Birds (1983)
1970OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Happy Ending (1969)
1970Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaThe Happy Ending (1969)
1961Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaElmer Gantry (1960)
1961BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressElmer Gantry (1960)
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star8th place.
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Comedy PerformanceThe Grass Is Greener (1960)
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaHome Before Dark (1958)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star10th place.
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Dramatic PerformanceHome Before Dark (1958)
1958Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - Comedy or MusicalThis Could Be the Night (1957)
1957BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressGuys and Dolls (1955)
1951Gold MedalPicturegoer AwardsBest ActressSo Long at the Fair (1950)
1949OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleHamlet (1948)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951BambiBambi AwardsBest Actress - InternationalSo Long at the Fair (1950)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Dramatic PerformanceElmer Gantry (1960)


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#Quote
1[on her first Academy Award Nomination in 1949] I didn't even know what an Oscar was at the time.
2Every actress has to face the facts there are younger, more beautiful girls right behind you. Once you've gone beyond the vanity of the business, you'll take on the tough roles.
3If I hadn't gone to dancing school, I would have married and had children like my mum and had a normal life.
4My career has had a lot of ups and downs, but basically it has been wonderful.
5[on the studio system] I had to do four pictures for [Howard Hughes], and then I was free. I never signed a contract with a studio after.
6[on Spartacus (1960)] I remember a long, long day of filming and it took forever to get Kirk Douglas up on his cross. We played a terrible joke on him when, as he was safely installed, the assistant director called lunch and left him up there. He could have had the lot of us fired but he was very good about it. You have to have a sense of humor in this industry.
7[on working with William Wyler in The Big Country (1958)] The atmosphere [on set] felt very dodgy - the sort of prevailing tension that invites paranoia, causes you to wonder, "What have I done?"... I guess Willy was in a position to know what it took to achieve great performances, but he also seemed bent on making things difficult... and there was all that constant rewriting. We'd have our lines learned, then receive a rewrite, stay up all night learning the new version, then receive yet another rewrite the following morning. It made the acting damned near impossible. In Willy's favor, he was very agreeable in allowing me to think, and think, and think, and then think some more before I made my reply to [Gregory Peck's] offer. I felt a prompt answer would not serve the moment, and Willy proved most open and agreeable on that count. He could make you worry - order take after take without ever telling you what you were doing to provoke the retakes - he could also cause you to feel a sense of collaboration.
8[on Spartacus (1960)] Making Spartacus was enough acting to last anybody a lifetime. You know, after we had been filming a year Kirk Douglas sent me a magnum of champagne with a little note saying, "I hope our second year will be as happy as our first.".

#Trademark
1Rich, formal voice
2Demure demeanor
3Sparkling green eyes
4Natural brunette hair
5Her captivating beauty
6Often played mildly rebellious characters

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