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Closing Credits: Jean Simmons

JeanSimmons.jpgThe great British actress Jean Simmons has died aged eighty. She was, and still is, an iconic face in cinema and appeared with Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier, Kirk Douglas, Richard Burton, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman and many others through films such as Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, The Robe, Hamlet, Black Narcissus, and Great Expectations.

Her face is iconic of cinema of the time, and I remember her from a number of films, she definitely appeared in a few personal favourites including The Robe and Guys and Dolls, two films that I adore.

Jean Simmons was nominated for an Oscar twice, once in 1970 for Best Actress in The Happy Ending, starring alongside John Forsythe and Lloyd Bridges, and in 1949 for Best Actress for her role in Hamlet, directed by and starring the legendary Laurence Olivier.

Shame that she never won, and that some of her bigger films never got a mention. She was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Foreign Actress in Guys and Dolls in 1957, and won an Emmy for her role in The Thorn Birds in 1983.

The Golden Globes graced her with a Special Award for the Most Versatile Actress in 1958, and she took home another for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her part in Guys and Dolls.

She first appeared in film in 1944 in the film Give Us the Moon, but it was her role in David Lean's Great Expectations alongside some stunning actors that really got her noticed and paved the way to her appearing in the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger fllm, Black Narcissus. That film propelled her forward in her career.

Personally, there were some films that she starred in that were iconic for me, and she excelled in. Of course I haven't seen everything she's done, but the films that stand out in my mind are Spartacus, Guys and Dolls and The Robe, all of which I love watching time and time again. Her performances were emotional, enjoyable and she seemed a wonderfully warm and natural talent.

It's a sad moment when such a talent and iconic figure is lost, but her performances in these great films will always remain.

As always the thoughts of Filmstalker and readers go out to her friends and family at this time.

Jean Simmons



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