Simmons, Jean

SP, lovely b&w portrait as Ophelia, her 1948 Oscar-nominaed role in Olivier’s “Hamlet”

Price: $60.00

Description:
(1929-2010) English actress, appeared in British films during and after WW II, mainly in Hollywood films after 1950. She was nominated for the 1948 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Hamlet” and won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in “Guys and Dolls” (1955). Other notable film appearances included “Young Bess” (1953), “The Robe” (1953), “Elmer Gantry” (1960), “Spartacus” (1960), and “The Happy Ending”, a 1969 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee. She won an Emmy for the 1983 TV miniseries “The Thorn Birds”. Her screen debut was in “Give Us the Moon” (1944)m followed by small roles in “Mr. Emmanuel” (1944), “Kiss the Bride Goodbye” (1945), “Meet Sexton Blake” (1945), and the popular “The Way to the Stars” (1945. Simmons had a small part in “Caesar and Cleopatra” with future husband Stewart Granger, and was signed to a 7-year contract. She became a star in England as young Estella in David Lean’s “Great Expectations” (1946), 3rd most popular 1947 British film. Simmons had support roles in “Hungry Hill”, and “Black Narcissus”, top-billed for the 1st time in “Uncle Silas”, followed by “The Woman in the Hall” (all 1947). She got her 1st Oscar nomination as Ophelia in Olivier’s “Hamlet” (1948) and had the lead in “the Blue Lagoon” (1949). She starred with Granger in “Adam and Evelyne” (1949); she and Granger were wed 1950-60. She starred in “So Long at the Fair”, “Trio”, “Cage of Gold”, and “The Clouded Yellow” (all 1950), voted 4th most popular British star. Granger became a Hollywood star in “King Solomon’s Mines” (1950), signed to an MGM contract, so she went to LA with him. In 1951, Rank sold her contract to Howard Hughes’ RKO. Her Hollywood debut was “Androcles and the Lion” (1952). A court freed her from the Hughes contract in 1952. MGM cast her in “Young Bess” (1953) with Granger. Simmons went to 20th Century Fox as the female lead in “The Robe” (1953, 1st CinemaScope movie), a huge success. She did “Desiree” (1954) at Fox with Marlon Brando with whom she was cast in “Guys and Dolls” (1955), a big hit. Other successes were in “The Big Country” (1958), “Home before Dark” (1959), and “This Earth is Mine” (1959). She was in “Elmer Gantry” (1960) directed by Richard Brooks, her 2nd husband (1960-80), a huge success as was “Spartacus” (1960). She returned in “All the Way Home” (1963), “Life at the Top” (1965), “Mister Buddwing” (1966), “Divorce American Style” and “Rough Night in Jericho” (both 1967), and did “Heidi” on TV in 1968. Brooks wrote and directed her in “The Happy Ending” (1969) earning her 2nd Oscar nomination. In the 70s, she did stage and TV, touring the US in Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music”, originating the role in London. She won a 1983 Emmy for “The Thorn Birds” miniseries and appeared in “North and South” 1985-86. In 1988, she starred in “The Dawning” and in a “Great Expectations” remake (1989). She was on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1991, and in the short-lived revival of “Dark Shadows”. SP,10 x 8 b&w glossy publicity portrait in costume as Ophelia in Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet” (1948), signed at lower right - she received her 1st Oscar nomination (1948) for this role at age 19.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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