Jean Simmons

Born Jan 31, 1929

Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE was a British-American actress. She appeared predominantly in films, beginning with those films made in Great Britain during and after World War II – she was one of J. Arthur Rank's 'well-spoken young starlets' – followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Jean Simmons.

  • S default mini
    6 Awesome Hotels That Were Once Celebrity Homes
    Huffington Post - May 25, 2016
  • Look: Divorce Deal Is Too Good To Pass Up
    Huffington Post - Aug 26, 2013
  • Lorenzo Belenguer: Pringle Of Scotland Aw13: Nostalgic Forward Thinking Garments
    Huffington Post - Feb 25, 2013
  • Dr. Jane Aronson: Imagining My Children As Orphans: Where Is Our Humanity?
    Huffington Post - Dec 31, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jean Simmons.


1929 Birth Born on January 31, 1929.


1945 16 Years Old Small roles in several other films followed including the high-profile Caesar and Cleopatra, produced by Gabriel Pascal. Pascal saw potential in Simmons and in 1945 he signed her to a seven-year contract. … Read More


1949 20 Years Old In 1949 Simmons starred with Stewart Granger in Adam and Evelyne.
In 1950 she was voted the fourth most popular star in Britain. … Read More
1952 23 Years Old A court case freed her from the contract with Hughes in 1952.
1953 24 Years Old In 1953 she starred alongside Spencer Tracy in The Actress, a film that was one of her personal favourites. … Read More
1956 27 Years Old In 1956 she and Granger became U.S. citizens; they divorced in 1960.


1960 31 Years Old On 1 November 1960, she married director Richard Brooks; they divorced in 1980. … Read More


1983 54 Years Old She portrayed Fiona "Fee" Cleary, the Cleary family matriarch, in the 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds; she won an Emmy Award for her role.
1984 55 Years Old 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, … Read More
1985 56 Years Old In 1985-86 she appeared in North and South, again playing the role of the family matriarch as Clarissa Main.
1988 59 Years Old In 1988 she starred in The Dawning with Anthony Hopkins and Hugh Grant, and in 1989 she appeared in a remake of Great Expectations, in which she played the role of Miss Havisham, Estella's adoptive mother. … Read More


1991 - 1994 2 More Events
2003 74 Years Old Throughout her life Simmons spoke out publicly about her struggle with addiction, and in 2003 became the patron of the British drugs and human rights charity Release.
2005 76 Years Old In 2005 she signed a petition to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair asking him not to upgrade cannabis from a class C drug to a class B. … Read More
2010 81 Years Old She died from lung cancer at her home on 22 January 2010, nine days before her 81st birthday, surrounded by her family.
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.