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Jean Simmons (I) (1929–2010)


Demure British beauty Jean Simmons was born January 31, 1929 in Crouch End, London. As a 14-year-old dance student, she was plucked from her school to play Margaret Lockwood's precocious sister in Give Us the Moon (1944), and she went on to make a name for herself in such major British productions as Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Great Expectations... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown
(1955)
Spartacus
Spartacus Varinia
(1960)
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle Grandma Sophie
(2004)
Young Bess
Young Bess Young Bess (Queen Elizabeth I)
(1953)

Filmography

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 2009 Shadows in the Sun
Hannah
 2005 Thru the Moebius Strip
Shepway (voice)
 2004 Howl's Moving Castle
Grandma Sophie (English version, voice)
 2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Council Member #2 (voice)
 1988 The Dawning
Aunt Mary
 1985 Going Undercover
Maxine de la Hunt
 1979 Dominique
Dominique Ballard
 1975 Mr. Sycamore
Estelle Benbow
 1971 Say Hello to Yesterday
Woman
 1969 The Happy Ending
Mary Wilson
 1967 Rough Night in Jericho
Molly Lang
 1967 Divorce American Style
Nancy Downes
 1966 Mister Buddwing
The Blonde
 1965 Life at the Top
Susan Lampton
 1963 All the Way Home
Mary Follet
 1960 The Grass Is Greener
Hattie Durant
 1960 Spartacus
Varinia
 1960 Elmer Gantry
Sister Sharon Falconer
 1959 This Earth Is Mine
Elizabeth Rambeau
 1958 Home Before Dark
Charlotte Bronn
 1958 The Big Country
Julie Maragon
 1957 Until They Sail
Barbara Leslie Forbes
 1957 This Could Be the Night
Anne Leeds
 1956 Hilda Crane
Hilda Crane Burns
 1955 Guys and Dolls
Sarah Brown
 1955 Footsteps in the Fog
Lily Watkins
 1954 Désirée
Désirée Clary
 1954 A Bullet Is Waiting
Cally Canham
 1954 The Egyptian
Merit
 1953 The Actress
Ruth Gordon Jones
 1953 The Robe
Diana
 1953 Affair with a Stranger
Carolyn Parker
 1953 Young Bess
Young Bess (Queen Elizabeth I)
 1953 Angel Face
Diane Tremayne Jessup
 1952 Androcles and the Lion
Lavinia
 1952 She Couldn't Say No
Corby Lane
 1950 The Clouded Yellow
Sophie Malraux
 1950 Cage of Gold
Judith
 1950 Trio
Evie Bishop (segment "Sanatorium")
 1950 So Long at the Fair
Vicky Barton
 1949 Adam and Evalyn
Evelyne Wallace
 1949 The Blue Lagoon
Emmeline Foster
 1948 Hamlet
Ophelia - and Daughter
 1947 The Woman in the Hall
Jay Blake
 1947 The Inheritance
Caroline Ruthyn
 1947 Black Narcissus
Kanchi
 1947 Hungry Hill
Jane Brodrick
 1946 Great Expectations
Young Estella
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Harpist (uncredited)
 1945 Johnny in the Clouds
A Singer
 1945 Meet Sexton Blake!
Eva Watkins
 1945 Kiss the Bride Goodbye
Molly Dodd
 1944 Mr. Emmanuel
Sally Cooper (as Jean Simmonds)
 1944 Give Us the Moon
Heidi
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Peter Glenville's translation of Leo Tolstoy's novel "The Power of Darkness", at the Lyric Theatre in London, England, with Stewart Granger, Sonia Dresdel, Mary Clare, Herbert Lomas, Perlita Neilson and Frederick Valk in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 56 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jean Simmonds

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[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.". See more »

Trivia:

Turned down the role of Jean Pargetter on the British television series As Time Goes By (1992), which went to Judi Dench. See more »

Trademark:

Demure demeanor See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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