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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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 2009 Shadows in the Sun
 2005 Thru the Moebius Strip
Shepway (English version, voice)
 2004 Howl's Moving Castle
Grandma Sophie (English version, voice)
 2003 Winter Solstice (TV Movie)
Countess Lucinda Rhives
 2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Council Member #2 (voice)
 2000 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- On Cukor (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
 1998 Mysteries of the Bible III (TV Series)
 1998 Her Own Rules (TV Movie)
Katherine Stratton
 1995 Daisies in December (TV Movie)
Katherine Palmer
 1994 One More Mountain (TV Movie)
Sarah Keyes
 1994 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Cordelia Woodlin
- Ches and the Grand Lady (1994) ... Cordelia Woodlin
 1993 Angel Falls (TV Series)
Irene Larson
 1991 Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors (TV Movie)
Carrie-Louise Serrocold
 1991 Great Expectations (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Havisham
- Chapter Six (1991) ... Miss Havisham
- Chapter Five (1991) ... Miss Havisham
- Chapter Four (1991) ... Miss Havisham
- Chapter Three (1991) ... Miss Havisham
- Chapter Two (1991) ... Miss Havisham
 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)
Admiral Nora Satie
- The Drumhead (1991) ... Admiral Nora Satie
 1991 Dark Shadows (TV Series)
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Naomi Collins
- Episode #1.12 (1991) ... Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Naomi Collins
- Episode #1.11 (1991) ... Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Naomi Collins
- Episode #1.10 (1991) ... Naomi Collins
- Episode #1.9 (1991) ... Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Naomi Collins
- Episode #1.8 (1991) ... Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Naomi Collins
 1990 People Like Us (TV Movie)
Peach Prindible Bailey
 1990 Laker Girls (TV Movie)
Connie Harrison
 1990 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Older Elinor
- Sensibility and Sense (1990) ... Older Elinor
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Eudora McVeigh / Eudora McVeigh Shipton
- Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 2 (1989) ... Eudora McVeigh
- Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 1 (1989) ... Eudora McVeigh Shipton
 1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Margaret Lowen
- Pen Pal (1988) ... Margaret Lowen
 1988 The Dawning
Aunt Mary
 1988 A Friendship in Vienna (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1988 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Lucy Brady
 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (TV Movie)
Laura Robertson
 1986 North and South, Book II (TV Mini-Series)
Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Clarissa Main (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Clarissa Main
 1985 North and South (TV Series)
Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Clarissa Main
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Clarissa Main
 1983-1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Jessica Daniels / Milly Toland
- Hearts and Minds (1985) ... Jessica Daniels
- Deceptions (1983) ... Milly Toland
 1985 Going Undercover
Maxine de la Hunt
 1985 Midas Valley (TV Movie)
Molly Hammond
 1984 December Flower (TV Movie)
Etta Marsh
 1983 All for Love (TV Series)
Deirdre Mackay
- Down at the Hydro (1983) ... Deirdre Mackay
 1983 The Thorn Birds (TV Mini-Series)
Fiona 'Fee' Cleary
- Part 3 (1983) ... Fiona 'Fee' Cleary
- Part 2 (1983) ... Fiona 'Fee' Cleary
- Part 1 (1983) ... Fiona 'Fee' Cleary
 1981 A Small Killing (TV Movie)
Margaret Lawrence
 1981 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (TV Movie)
Helen Lawson
 1981 Golden Gate (TV Movie)
Jane Kingsley
 1979 Beggarman, Thief (TV Movie)
Gretchen Jordache Burke
 1979 Dominique
Dominique Ballard
 1978 The Dain Curse (TV Mini-Series)
Aaronia Haldorn
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Aaronia Haldorn
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Aaronia Haldorn
 1977 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Terri O'Brien
- The Cop on the Cover (1977) ... Terri O'Brien
 1975 Mr. Sycamore
Estelle Benbow
 1975 The Easter Promise (TV Movie)
Constance Payne
 1972 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
- The Princess (1972) ... Princess
 1971 Decisions! Decisions! (TV Movie)
Phoebe Masterson
 1971 Say Hello to Yesterday
 1969 The Happy Ending
Mary Wilson
 1968 Heidi (TV Movie)
Frl. Rottenmeier
 1967 Rough Night in Jericho
Molly Lang
 1967 Divorce American Style
Nancy Downes
 1967 Soldier in Love (TV Movie)
Sarah Churchill
 1966-1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Ruth Bannister / Suzy
- The Lady Is My Wife (1967) ... Ruth Bannister
- Crazier Than Cotton (1966) ... Suzy
 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
 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
 1953 The Actress
Ruth Gordon Jones
 1953 The Robe
 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
 1952 She Couldn't Say No
Corby Lane
 1950 The Clouded Yellow
Sophie Malraux
 1950 Cage of Gold
 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
 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 Sports Day (Short)
 1944 Mr. Emmanuel
Sally Cooper (as Jean Simmonds)
 1944 Give Us the Moon
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Desiree Armfeldt") in singing "Send in the Clowns", in the London production of "A Little Night Music", from 1975-1977. She sang "Send in the Clowns". 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


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[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... See more »


Becoming depressed at the lack of quality parts being offered her, Jean became addicted to alcohol. In 1986, she sought professional treatment. See more »


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