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  • Jean Simmons

    Born on January 31, 1929 in Crouch Hill, London, England

awards & nominations

The Thorn Birds (1983)

Jean Simmons as "Fiona "Fee" Cleary"

Richard Chamberlain stars as a priest forced to make a choice between his feelings and his ambitions in this sweeping adaptation of Colleen McCullough's novel. Set in the early 1900s on a sheep station in the Australian outback, the 1983 miniseries follows members of the Cleary family, whose move to the sheep station leads to a pivotal relationship between young Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph. When the attraction between Meggie and Father Ralph becomes obvious, Meggie's wealthy aunt forces Father Ralph to choose between Meggie and his ambition to rise within the Catholic Church. Though he chooses the church, as decades pass he continues to be drawn back to Meggie, with sometimes disastrous consequences.

Golden Globe (1984) Nominated Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Happy Ending (1969)

Jean Simmons as "Mary Wilson"

When Fred (John Forsythe) asked for Mary's (Jean Simmons) hand in marriage, she thought she had the happy ending she only read about in fairy tales. Now it's 16 years later; Fred has had an affair, and Mary drowns her sorrows in pills and booze, a dangerous combination that nearly resulted in her death the year before. As Mary rushes off to the Bahamas for a relaxing escape from her crumbling marriage, she reflects on the past and wonders just where it all went wrong.

Academy Award (1969) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (1969) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Elmer Gantry (1960)

Jean Simmons as "Sister Sharon Falconer"

When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry's ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1960) Nominated Foreign Actress
Golden Globe (1960) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Home Before Dark (1958)

When Charlotte Bronn (Jean Simmons) returns home from a mental institution, having been committed after having a nervous breakdown, she must adapt to life on the outside with the help of her husband, Arnold (Dan O'Herlihy). The problem is that Charlotte's stepmother (Mabel Albertson) and stepsister (Rhonda Fleming) attempt to undermine Arnold. Because of her difficult home life, Charlotte ends up having an affair with college professor Jake Diamond (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.).

Golden Globe (1958) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

This Could Be the Night (1957)

Jean Simmons as "Anne Leeds"

Straitlaced teacher Anne (Jean Simmons) needs extra work, so she becomes a receptionist at a swanky nightclub owned by mobster-turned-businessman Rocco (Paul Douglas), who seems tough but quickly shows his soft side. Before long Anne develops a crush on Rocco's partner, Tony (Anthony Franciosa), a swinging bachelor. Unfortunately, Tony thinks she doesn't fit in at the club and Rocco says she shouldn't get involved with him. Yet Anne is determined to show them both she can hang with their kind.

Golden Globe (1957) Nominated Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy

Guys and Dolls (1955)

Jean Simmons as "Sarah Brown"

Gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission. Meanwhile, Nathan's longtime fiancée, Adelaide (Vivian Blaine), wants him to go legit and marry her.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956) Nominated Foreign Actress
Golden Globe (1955) Won Actress in a Leading Role

Hamlet (1948)

Jean Simmons as "Ophelia, Daughter of Polonius"

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired - both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself - as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world's greatest dramatists.

Academy Award (1948) Nominated Best Supporting Actress

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