Jean Simmons
Actress
Jean Simmons
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.
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6 Awesome Hotels That Were Once Celebrity Homes
Huffington Post - 9 months
You've booked the celebrity home tours, watched endless reruns of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," and feverishly scrolled through your favorite A-listers' Instagram feeds for a glimpse of what it's like to walk in their shoes. But to truly understand how the other half lives, one must spend a night in their master bedrooms, lounge in their stunning pools, and fuel up in their state-of-the-art kitchens. Luckily, we've rounded up six celebrity abodes-turned-hotels for all those times that walking tour just won't cut it. -- Alisha Prakash, Oyster.com Read the original story here. Related Links: Actors to Chefs to Sultans: 9 Unlikely Hotel Owners 10 Island Getaways That Have Proven Their Celebrity Status Hotels Where Celebrities Secretly Holed Up To Hook Up 1. GoldenEye Hotel & Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica This 52-acre, 22-room Jamaican property has plenty to brag about: With private beach and lagoon access, spacious cottages, a ...
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LOOK: Divorce Deal Is Too Good To Pass Up
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Looking to get divorced on the cheap? Have we got a deal for you. Last week, we stumbled upon the ad Georgia attorney Sean Simmons put up to advertise his cost-efficient legal services. "Buy one divorce, get the next one half off," the advertisement states, "end the misery today!" Here's the ad in all its glory: So has the advertisement brought in a steady clientele for Simmons? The lawyer said the cheeky ad -- which was even picked up by "The Tonight Show" for a "Headlines" segment back in 2012 -- draws a mixed response in his home state of Georgia. "Personally, I had good vibes about that ad the very day I created it," Simmons told The Huffington Post via email. "It has certainly worked here in Southern Georgia, though I do get a good verbal beating every few days from concerned citizens over the ad." H/T Imgur Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Divorce on Facebook and Twitter.
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Lorenzo Belenguer: Pringle of Scotland AW13: Nostalgic Forward-Thinking Garments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A new era is here, now, and Pringle of Scotland AW13 collection managed to show that - at the latest London Fashion Week this February. After so many years in a state of anxiety due to such a complex crisis, mainly of ideas; there is a growing confidence that the worst is over. Pringle of Scotland has taken us back to the beloved 60's with a nostalgic element to, then, be able to push us forward with assurance into a new era. Pringle of Scotland is the iconic brand founded in 1815 at the birthplace of the Scottish knitwear industry. From the beginning technical innovation has led to the creation of knitwear as outerwear, the signature argyle pattern and the classic twinset. Pringle has been a favourite of the stars of stage and screen since the 1940s. In the 1950s, the original sweater girls: Jean Simmons, Margaret Lockwood, Deborah Kerr, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Margot Fonteyn and many more all wore Pringle. Pringle's knitwear is made to be felt and touched ...
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Dr. Jane Aronson: Imagining My Children as Orphans: Where Is Our Humanity?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
With time off over the holidays and the Russian adoption ban, I have had time to think about orphans in a more personal way. I am usually eager to write about and advocate for orphans. This week I was interviewed on CNN and wrote a piece for The Daily Beast. I railed against the injustice of this ban and I articulated the real issues facing orphans left to rot in institutions in Russia. I was "the expert," but at the end of it all, I awakened today very vulnerable. My sober and smart talk about the cruel treatment of millions of orphans around the world finally wore me out. Today, I write about my sons, and what all of us who are parents through adoption feel after Putin's ban on Russian adoption. As families wait in Moscow for a decision about whether they will be permitted to adopt their children and bring them home to the U.S., I agonize about what might have happened to my sons and to all the families with whom I have worked over the past 25 years as an adoption medi ...
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Radnor Studio 21's Programming Schedule for the Week
Radnor Patch - almost 5 years
  RS 21 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (04/26/12 to 05/02/12) THURSDAY (APR 26) (Repeats starting at 12PM Friday) 6 PM      MAIN LINE MEDIA NEWS: SPORTS with Bruce Adams 6:30       THURSDAY AT THE PAPERS and MAIN LINE MEDIA NEWS VIDEO REWIND 7 PM       JOHN NAGLE in Conversation 7:30       PATCH PRESENTS with Sam Strike 8 PM       FROM ROSE TREE: The Rose Tree Pops 8:30       DELCO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL with CHARLIE GRACIE. “This Guitar Legend and Rock ‘n Roll Innovator is Not To Be Missed”. Hear His Hits Again. 10PM      JOHN F. HAINES, SR. PRESENTS: “Scott Silver & the Jazz Guise”  A Sonic Blend with vocalist Christine Dragon FRIDAY (APR 27) (Repeats starting at 12PM Saturday) 6 PM       CLASSIC ARTS SHOWCASE: World Wide Performances 8 PM       THE GREAT BRITISH PICTURE SHOW SPECIAL REPEAT: ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW:  “THE WOMAN IN QUESTION” (UK-1949) with Jean Kent and Dirk Bogarde (Five Views of a Murdered Woman) & “THE WOMAN IN THE HALL” (UK-1 ...
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Penelope Andrew: TCM Fest 2012:Liza Minnelli, Kim Novak, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds Walk Red Carpet
Popeater - almost 5 years
The Fountainhead with Patricia Neal and Gary Cooper Photo: Courtesy of TCM Liza Minnelli, Kim Novak, Robert Wagner, Tippi Hedren and Debbie Reynolds in person. Black Narcissus, Vertigo, Cabaret, and The Fountainhead projected on gigantic screens at Grauman's Chinese and Egyptian Theatres. Could any classic film fan wish for more? You could. And, at this year's annual TCM Classic Film Festival, which takes place from April 12th through the 15th, you'd get more: Kirk Douglas, Stanley Donen, Angie Dickenson, Norman Lloyd, Rhonda Fleming, and Norman Jewison appearing at special events and screenings of Two for the Road, Chinatown, Casablanca, The Longest Day, and The Thomas Crown Affair. But before going on about this year's festival, a look back is essential. Chinatown's Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson Photo: Courtesy of TCM TCM 2010 & 2011 TCM's 2010 festival featured an opening night restoration of George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954) starring Judy Garland ...
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DVD; New on Video, ‘Strike’ and the Works of Dirk Bogarde
NYTimes - over 5 years
Strike SERGEI EISENSTEIN ’S first feature, “Strike” (1925), doesn’t demonstrate the seamless formal mastery that would define his second and more celebrated film, “Battleship Potemkin,” released the same year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Made under the influence of the circuslike Proletcult
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Dance Project Performance A Success - Garden City News
Google News - over 5 years
The Dance Project girls bonding backstage: (l – r) Shannon and Kathryn McDougal; Julia McNally; Jean Simmons Cristin Crowley, Payton Seltenreich; Stefanie Farkas; Christina and Olivia Server; Lara, Annalise, and Caroline Horan; Kerry Heslin,
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Spare Times for Aug. 26-Sept. 1 - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
... Saturday and Sunday at 4 pm; and “Guys and Dolls” (1955), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and also starring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, on Sunday at 7 pm 35th Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria, Queens, (718) 777-6800, movingimage.us; $12;
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The Spotlight: She channels an icon in 'Vivien' - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
But he hired Jean Simmons instead. Leigh and Olivier are one of showbiz's high-drama couples. What's your assessment of their relationship? When they met, Vivien was 23. Both were already married. But she saw him and she wanted him
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1958 western “The Big Country” with Gregory Peck on Blu-ray November - HighDefDiscNews.com
Google News - over 5 years
In an early alert to retailers MGM (distributed by FOX) has made public their plans to bring the 1958 western / dramatic film “The Big Country” starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston and Burl Ives to Blu-ray Disc on November 1st
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Eryn Jean Norvill: Becoming Ophelia - City Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Jean Simmons (1948) Long before the lead singer of KISS popularised the name, Simmons was one of the great stars of her time. The actress was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar playing Ophelia to Sir Laurence Olivier's Hamlet in the feted
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DVD; Desert Tales, Centuries Apart
NYTimes - over 5 years
The Egyptian It must have seemed to Michael Curtiz that he was returning to Square 1 when he was assigned to direct ''The Egyptian,'' the 1954 historical spectacular that 20th Century Fox intended as a showcase for the studio's new and improved CinemaScope process. This Hungarian director, born Mano Kertesz Kaminer, was beckoned to Hollywood by
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Desert Tales, Centuries Apart - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
... Bella Darvi), the pharaoh's power-hungry sister (Gene Tierney) and the innocent barmaid who really loves him (Jean Simmons). Which is a long way of saying that the story behind the film is in many ways more complex and resonant than the one in it
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Pringle's past - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
Screen stars of the 1950s who donned Pringle fashion included Brigitte Bardot, Jean Simmons and Grace Kelly. But some believe the move to return to its roots could well pay dividends for Pringle. Fiona Burnett, a former Pringle graphic designer who is
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Aransas County grand jury returns 27 indictments - Rockport Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
Kara Jean Simmons - felony forgery, state jail felony; on or about June 30, 2010, forged a check in the amount of $47.30; $5000 surety. Leonard Wayne Lauterbach - felony theft, state jail felony; on or about March 25, 2010,unlawfully appropriated rings
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The Films Of Otto Preminger: A Retrospective - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Jean Simmons (the “Angel Face” to be) was only under contract to RKO for another 18 shooting days, also Hughes and Simmons had recently fought – a memorable argument that resulted in Simmons chopping off all her hair. This film was Hughes' way to get
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jean Simmons
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 81
    She died from lung cancer at her home on 22 January 2010, nine days before her 81st birthday, surrounded by her family.
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  • 2005
    Age 76
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For a number of years, British film exhibitors voted her among the top ten British stars at the box office via an annual poll in the Motion Picture Herald.
  • 2003
    Age 74
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 65
    From 1994 until 1998 Simmons narrated the A&E documentary television series, Mysteries of the Bible.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004 Simmons voiced the lead role of Sophie in the English dub of Howl's Moving Castle.
  • 1991
    Age 62
    In 1991 she appeared in the short-lived revival of the 1960s daytime series Dark Shadows, in roles originally played by Joan Bennett.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She made a late career appearance in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Drumhead" (1991) as a retired Starfleet admiral and hardened legal investigator who conducts a witch-hunt.
  • 1985
    Age 56
    In 1985-86 she appeared in North and South, again playing the role of the family matriarch as Clarissa Main.
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  • 1984
    Age 55
    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,
    More Details Hide Details 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 of the US 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.
  • 1983
    Age 54
    She portrayed Fiona "Fee" Cleary, the Cleary family matriarch, in the 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds; she won an Emmy Award for her role.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 31
    On 1 November 1960, she married director Richard Brooks; they divorced in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 27
    In 1956 she and Granger became U.S. citizens; they divorced in 1960.
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  • 1953
    Age 24
    In 1953 she starred alongside Spencer Tracy in The Actress, a film that was one of her personal favourites.
    More Details Hide Details Among the many films she appeared in during this period were The Robe (1953), Young Bess (1953), Désirée (1954), The Egyptian (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), The Big Country (1958), Elmer Gantry (1960), (directed by her second husband, Richard Brooks), Spartacus (1960), All the Way Home (1963) and The Happy Ending (1969), for which she received her second Oscar nomination. In the opinion of film critic Philip French, Home Before Dark (1958) saw her give '"perhaps her finest performance as a housewife driven into a breakdown in Mervyn LeRoy's psychodrama". By the 1970s Simmons turned her focus to stage and television acting. She toured the United States in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, then took the show to London, and thus originated the role of Desirée Armfeldt in the West End. Performing in the show for three years, she said she never tired of Sondheim's music; "No matter how tired or off you felt, the music would just pick you up."
  • 1952
    Age 23
    A court case freed her from the contract with Hughes in 1952.
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  • 1950
    Age 21
    Simmons was married and divorced twice. She married Stewart Granger in Tucson, Arizona, on 20 December 1950.
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    In 1950 she married Stewart Granger, with whom she appeared in several films, and the transition to an American career began.
    More Details Hide Details She made four films for Hughes, including Angel Face, directed by Otto Preminger. According to David Thomson "if she had made only one film – Angel Face – she might now be spoken of with the awe given to Louise Brooks."
    In 1950 she was voted the fourth most popular star in Britain.
    More Details Hide Details In 1951 Rank sold her contract to Howard Hughes, who then owned the RKO Pictures.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1949
    Age 20
    In 1949 Simmons starred with Stewart Granger in Adam and Evelyne.
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  • 1945
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to moving to Hollywood, she played the young Estella in David Lean's version of Great Expectations (1946) and Ophelia in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948), for which she received her first Oscar nomination. She played an Indian girl in the Powell-Pressburger film Black Narcissus (1947). It was the experience of working on Great Expectations that caused her to pursue an acting career more seriously: Playing Ophelia to Olivier's Hamlet made her a star while still in her teens, although she was already well known for her work in other British films, including her first starring role in the film adaptation of Uncle Silas, and Black Narcissus (both 1947). Olivier offered her the chance to work and study at the Bristol Old Vic, advising her to play anything they threw at her to get experience; she was under contract to the Rank Organisation who vetoed the idea.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Age 0
    Born on January 31, 1929.
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