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Jean Simmons is a Actor British born on 31 january 1929 at London (United-kingdom)

Jean Simmons

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Birth name Jean Merilyn Simmons
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 31 january 1929 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 22 january 2010 (at 80 years) at Santa Monica (USA)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE (31 January 1929 – 22 January 2010) was a British actress. One of J. Arthur Rank's "well-spoken young starlets", she appeared predominantly in films, beginning with those made in Great Britain during and after the Second World War, followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950 onwards.


Simmons was married and divorced twice. She married Stewart Granger in Tucson, Arizona, on 20 December 1950. In 1956 she and Granger became U.S. citizens; they divorced in 1960.

On 1 November 1960, she married director Richard Brooks; they divorced in 1980. Although both men were significantly older than Simmons, she denied she was looking for a father figure. Her father had died when she was just 16 but she said: "They were really nothing like my father at all. My father was a gentle, softly-spoken man. My husbands were much noisier and much more opinionated ... it's really nothing to do with age ... it's to do with what's there – the twinkle and sense of humour." And in a 1984 interview, given in Copenhagen at the time she was shooting the film Yellow Pages, she elaborated slightly on her marriages, stating, It may be simplistic, but you could sum up my two marriages by saying that, when I wanted to be a wife, Jimmy (Stewart Granger) would say: "I just want you to be pretty." And when I wanted to cook, Richard would say: "Forget the cooking. You've been trained to act – so act!" Most people thought I was helpless – a clinger and a butterfly – during my first marriage. It was Richard Brooks who saw what was wrong and tried to make me stand on my own two feet. I'd whine: 'I'm afraid.' And he'd say: 'Never be afraid to fail. Every time you get up in the morning, you are ahead.'

She had two daughters, Tracy Granger and Kate Brooks, one by each marriage – their names bearing witness to Simmons' friendship with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Simmons moved to the East Coast in the late 1970s, briefly owning a home in New Milford, Connecticut. Later she returned to California, settling in Santa Monica, where she lived until her death.

Best films

Spartacus (1960)
The Robe (1953)
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Guys and Dolls (1955)
The Big Country (1958)
Hamlet (1948)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jean Simmons (64 films)

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Trumbo (2015)
, 2h4
Directed by Jay Roach
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about writers, Political films
Actors Elle Fanning, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk
Roles Varinia (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating73% 3.6977453.6977453.6977453.6977453.697745
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, Elle Fanning, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Shadows in the Sun, 1h21
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Jean Simmons, James Wilby, Ophélia lovibond, Jamie Dornan, Patrick Godfrey, Sandra Voe
Roles Hannah
Rating58% 2.947222.947222.947222.947222.94722
A mysterious stranger brings together a family that has lost its way. Hannah (Jean Simmons) is suffering from a chronic illness, smoking cannabis for respite, and has formed an unlikely friendship with a much younger man, Joe (Jamie Dornan).She lives perfectly happy with her poetry, garden and friend Joe but when
Thru the Moebius Strip, 1h27
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Space adventure films, Space opera
Actors Mark Hamill, Chris Marquette, Peri Gilpin, Kevin McDonald, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Rating51% 2.5567552.5567552.5567552.5567552.556755
The story is about the coming of age of a 14-year-old boy who grew up refusing to accept the loss of his father. He reaches the planet Raphicca 27.2 million light years away to find that his father is prisoner in a kingdom of giant aliens who believe in magic and a medieval code of chivalry. In the midst of a raging battle between good and evil, Jac rescues his father, his new-found family of aliens, the planet of Raphicca, and ultimately, the universe.
Howl's Moving Castle, 1h59
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Feminist films, Films about computing, Films about magic and magicians, Vieillesse, Witches in film, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Steampunk films, Children's films
Actors Chieko Baishō, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa, Yo Oizumi, Ryūnosuke Kamiki, Akio Ōtsuka
Roles Sophie (English version) (voice)
Rating82% 4.1021254.1021254.1021254.1021254.102125
Sophie, an eighteen-year-old hatter, is a responsible young woman who encounters a mysterious and powerful wizard named Howl on her way to visit her younger sister Lettie. The Witch of the Waste, who romantically pursues Howl, visits the hat shop only and insults Sophie, being refused service by her as a result. The Witch exacts revenge by cursing Sophie, transforming her into a ninety-year-old woman. Seeking a cure for the spell, Sophie travels into the Wastes and encounters a living scarecrow whom she names "Turnip Head," who leads her to Howl's castle. There, she meets Howl's young apprentice, Markl, and the fire-demon Calcifer, who is the source of the castle's energy and magic. Calcifer offers to break the witch's curse in exchange for Sophie's help in breaking the spell he's under, which keeps him bound to the house. When Howl appears, Sophie announces that Calcifer has hired her as a cleaning lady for the house.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, 1h46
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation, Romance, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Films about video games, Political films, Dystopian films, Impact events in fiction, Films based on video games, Disaster films
Actors Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Donald Sutherland, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi
Roles Council Member (voice)
Rating63% 3.198153.198153.198153.198153.19815
In 2065, Earth is infested by alien life forms known as Phantoms. By physical contact Phantoms consume the Gaia spirit of living beings, killing them instantly, though a minor contact may only result in an infection. The surviving humans live in "barrier cities", areas protected by an energy shield that prevents Phantoms from entering, and are engaged in an ongoing struggle to free the planet. After being infected by a Phantom during one of her experiments, Aki Ross (Ming-Na) and her mentor, Doctor Sid (Donald Sutherland), uncover a means of defeating the Phantoms by gathering eight spirit signatures that, when joined, can negate the Phantoms. Aki is searching for the sixth spirit in the ruins of New York City when she is cornered by Phantoms but is rescued by Gray Edwards (Alec Baldwin) and his squad "Deep Eyes", consisting of Ryan Whittaker (Ving Rhames), Neil Fleming (Steve Buscemi) and Jane Proudfoot (Peri Gilpin). It is revealed that Gray was once romantically involved with Aki.
How to Make an American Quilt, 1h56
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Nelligan, Alfre Woodard, Maya Angelou
Roles Em
Rating63% 3.1505453.1505453.1505453.1505453.150545
Finn, étudiante fraîchement diplômée, se prépare à se marier avec Sam, son fiancé, mais elle a peur de perdre sa liberté. Chaque semaine, la tante de Finn, sa sœur et leurs amies se retrouvent pour coudre des courtepointes à thème, et parlent de leurs mariages et de leurs espoirs.
The Dawning, 1h37
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about terrorism, Political films
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Rebecca Pidgeon, Hugh Grant, Trevor Howard, Jean Simmons, Adrian Dunbar
Roles Aunt Mary
Rating60% 3.048593.048593.048593.048593.04859
The film opens with Angus Barrie (Anthony Hopkins), an Irish Republican Army member, walking through hills, and coming to rest on a beach, where there is a little hut. Meanwhile, Nancy Gulliver (Rebecca Pidgeon) having just left school, burns all her books in happiness. It is her birthday, and her aunt (Jean Simmons) has invited over Harry (Hugh Grant), with whom she’s desperately in love, to tea. However, during the course of the film, as a result of Harry’s behaviour with another girl and the way he treats Nancy, she realises that her love for Harry was nothing more than childish infatuation.
A Friendship in Vienna
Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Children's films
Actors Jane Alexander, Edward Asnere, Dr. Stephen Macht, Jenny Lewis, Luisa Bradshaw-White, Rosemary Forsyth
Roles Narrator (voice)
Rating66% 3.327723.327723.327723.327723.32772
Lise Mueller (Kamie Harper) and Inge Dornenwald (Jenny Lewis) are 13-ish year old best friends in Vienna, Austria of 1938, in the months before and during the Anschluss. Lise is Catholic and Inge is Jewish. Trouble comes since Lise's father is a Nazi sympathizer who travels to and from Germany to join the paramilitary Nazi SA upon the upcoming Anschluss, bringing her mother, who is helpless to do anything about it, and her older brother, Heinz, who is himself a Nazi sympathizer like his father. Lise's father forbids Inge to visit them anymore and Inge's parents do likewise with her. But they both meet in secret, ex. the large cathedral in Vienna.
North and South (TV miniseries), 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Jean Simmons, James Read, Patrick Swayze, Lesley-Anne Down, Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown
Rating79% 3.997043.997043.997043.997043.99704
Episode 1 (summer 1842 - summer 1844) - Young Southerner Orry Main, the son of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, goes to West Point. During the journey, he meets and falls in love with beautiful New Orleans French-Creole Madeline Fabray. In New York City, Orry meets Northerner George Hazard, the second son of a wealthy Pennsylvania steel-factory owner, who is also on his way to West Point. They soon become close friends. At the Academy, they meet the amoral egomaniac Elkanah Bent, a fellow cadet from Georgia. They also meet classmates George Pickett, George McClellan, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and a senior student named Ulysses Grant. Bent is a handsome, smooth-talking man who hides his evil, twisted nature beneath his charm and good looks. He takes an instant dislike to Orry and George and uses his status as their drillmaster to constantly harass them. Orry keeps writing letters to Madeline, although it seems that she has not been responding. After a two-year absence, the men return home for a summer leave. George's abolitionist sister, Virgilia, immediately takes a dislike to Orry as he keeps slaves. While at home, Orry is devastated to learn that Madeline is getting married to his cruel neighbor, plantation owner Justin LaMotte. Orry has an argument with his father over the hiring of the brutal and sadistic Salem Jones as the plantation overseer. Orry stops Jones from using a bullwhip to "punish" a slave. After Orry sees Madeline get married, they find out that Madeline's father has been hiding Orry's letters so that she would marry Justin.
Dominique (1980)
, 1h40
Directed by Michael Anderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Cliff Robertson, Jean Simmons, Jenny Agutter, Simon Ward, Ron Moody, Judy Geeson
Roles Dominique Ballard
Rating54% 2.704782.704782.704782.704782.70478
Greedy David Ballard (Cliff Robertson) wants to get the money of his wife Dominique (Jean Simmons), so he attempts to drive her insane. He succeeds and she hangs herself, only to come back to haunt him from the afterlife.
Dominique (1980)
, 1h40
Directed by Michael Anderson, Brian W. Cook
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Cliff Robertson, Jean Simmons, Jenny Agutter, Simon Ward, Ron Moody, Judy Geeson
Roles Dominique Ballard
Rating54% 2.704782.704782.704782.704782.70478
Dominique Balard se suicide. Son mari David, qui cherchait à s'approprier sa fortune de son vivant, est peu à peu assailli par des visions de sa défunte épouse.
Say Hello to Yesterday, 1h36
Directed by Alvin Rakoff
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Jean Simmons, Leonard Whiting, Evelyn Laye, Jack Woolgar, John Lee, Derek Francis
Roles Woman
Rating57% 2.853972.853972.853972.853972.85397
From one of the upper middle class suburbs of London, the Woman, having just quarrelled with her husband is going to London, shopping. Unhappily she drives to the station. Among the crowd as she boards the train is the Boy. He is 22 today. He is bored. He is determined to make the day a different one.
The Happy Ending, 1h57
Directed by Richard Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Feminist films, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, Transport films, Political films
Actors Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Teresa Wright, Dick Shawn
Roles Mary Wilson
Rating62% 3.146793.146793.146793.146793.14679
1953: Through the course of a Colorado autumn and winter, Mary Spencer (Simmons) and Fred Wilson (Forsythe) lead an idyllic existence. Mary drops out of college (with 6 months to go) to marry Fred. Their perfect wedding mirrors the happy endings of the films Mary loves.