Jean Simmons Biography and Photos


Jean Merilyn Simmons was born in Lower Holloway, London, England, UK. (January 31, 1929 – January 22, 2010) was an English actress who appeared predominantly in motion pictures, beginning with British-made films during and after World War II, followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950 onwards. [1] Jean appeared alongside many leading British and American male film stars during a long and successful career.


Jean Simmons was married twice, in 1950 to Stewart Granger, divorcing in 1960, and in 1960 to director Richard Brooks, divorcing in 1977. Both men were significantly older than Simmons but she has denied she was looking for a father figure. Her father had died when she was just sixteen but she said: “They were really nothing like my father at all. My father was a gentle, soft-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.

Awards and nominations

* Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Series/Special, The Thorn Birds (1983)
* Golden Globe for Best Musical/Comedy Actress, Guys and Dolls (1956)


* Academy Award for Best Actress, The Happy Ending (1969)
* Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Hamlet (1948)
* BAFTA for Best Actress, Guys and Dolls (1956)
* BAFTA for Best Actress, Elmer Gantry (1960)
* Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress – Drama Series, Murder, She Wrote (1989)
* Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress, Home Before Dark (1959)
* Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress, Elmer Gantry (1961)
* Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress, The Happy Ending (1970)
* Golden Globe for Best Musical/Comedy Actress, This Could Be the Night (1958)
* Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries, The Thorn Birds (1984)