Jean Simmons

Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE (January 31, 1929 – January 22, 2010) was an English actress. She appeared predominantly in motion pictures, beginning with 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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The Big Country (1958)

Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Jean Simmons  •  Carroll Baker  •  Charlton Heston

Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Jean Simmons  •  Carroll Baker  •  Charlton Heston

Angel Face (1953)

An ambulance driver gets involved with a rich girl that might have a darker side.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Jean Simmons  •  Mona Freeman  •  Herbert Marshall

An ambulance driver gets involved with a rich girl that might have a darker side.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Jean Simmons  •  Mona Freeman  •  Herbert Marshall

Black Narcissus (1947)

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A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Farrar  •  Flora Robson  •  Kathleen Byron

A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Farrar  •  Flora Robson  •  Kathleen Byron

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

Led by a strange dream, scientist Aki Ross struggles to collect the eight spirits in the hope of creating a force powerful enough to protect the planet. With the aid of the Deep Eyes Squadron and her mentor, Dr. Sid, Aki must save the Earth from its darkest hate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hironobu Sakaguchi  •  Motonori Sakakibara
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Ming-Na Wen  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Ving Rhames

Led by a strange dream, scientist Aki Ross struggles to collect the eight spirits in the hope of creating a force powerful enough to protect the planet. With the aid of the Deep Eyes Squadron and her mentor, Dr. Sid, Aki must save the Earth from its darkest hate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hironobu Sakaguchi  •  Motonori Sakakibara
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Ming-Na Wen  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Ving Rhames

Great Expectations (1946)

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  John Mills  •  Tony Wager  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Jean Simmons

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  John Mills  •  Tony Wager  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Jean Simmons

Hamlet (1948)

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  John Laurie  •  Esmond Knight

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  John Laurie  •  Esmond Knight

How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Spartacus (1960)

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The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  Charles Laughton

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  Charles Laughton

The Blue Lagoon (1949)

In the Victorian period two British children are the survivors of a shipwreck in the South Pacific. After days afloat, they are marooned on a lush tropical island in the company of kindly old sailor. Together they survive solely on their resourcefulness, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Launder
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Donald Houston  •  Noel Purcell  •  Cyril Cusack

In the Victorian period two British children are the survivors of a shipwreck in the South Pacific. After days afloat, they are marooned on a lush tropical island in the company of kindly old sailor. Together they survive solely on their resourcefulness, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Launder
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Donald Houston  •  Noel Purcell  •  Cyril Cusack

The Grass Is Greener (1960)

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant gets involved and they have a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Jean Simmons

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant gets involved and they have a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Jean Simmons

Young Bess (1953)

The mother died under the executioner's axe; the daughter rose to become England's greatest monarch -- the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Stewart Granger  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Charles Laughton

The mother died under the executioner's axe; the daughter rose to become England's greatest monarch -- the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Stewart Granger  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Charles Laughton

The Happy Ending (1969)

The triumphs and failures of middle age as seen through the eyes of runaway American housewife Mary Wilson, a woman who believes that ultimate reality exists above and beyond the routine procedures of conscious, uninspired, everyday life. She feels cheated by an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Brooks
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  John Forsythe  •  Shirley Jones  •  Teresa Wright

The triumphs and failures of middle age as seen through the eyes of runaway American housewife Mary Wilson, a woman who believes that ultimate reality exists above and beyond the routine procedures of conscious, uninspired, everyday life. She feels cheated by an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Brooks
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  John Forsythe  •  Shirley Jones  •  Teresa Wright

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

The aging Caesar finds himself intrigued by the young Egyptian queen. Adapted by George Bernard Shaw from his own play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Pascal
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Vivien Leigh  •  Stewart Granger  •  Flora Robson

The aging Caesar finds himself intrigued by the young Egyptian queen. Adapted by George Bernard Shaw from his own play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Pascal
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Vivien Leigh  •  Stewart Granger  •  Flora Robson

The Way to the Stars (1945)

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  John Mills  •  Rosamund John  •  Stanley Holloway

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  John Mills  •  Rosamund John  •  Stanley Holloway

So Long at the Fair (1950)

Vicky Barton and her brother, Johnny, take a trip to the 1896 Paris Exhibition. They both sleep in seperate rooms in a hotel. When the sister gets up the next morning, she finds her brother and his room had disappeared and no one will even acknowledge that he was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Fisher  •  Antony Darnborough
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  David Tomlinson  •  Marcel Poncin

Vicky Barton and her brother, Johnny, take a trip to the 1896 Paris Exhibition. They both sleep in seperate rooms in a hotel. When the sister gets up the next morning, she finds her brother and his room had disappeared and no one will even acknowledge that he was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Fisher  •  Antony Darnborough
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  David Tomlinson  •  Marcel Poncin

Shadows In The Sun (2009)

A mysterious young loner changes the lives of one family and helps them rediscover their roots and deep affection for one another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Rocksavage
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Jamie Dornan  •  James Wilby  •  Ophelia Lovibond

A mysterious young loner changes the lives of one family and helps them rediscover their roots and deep affection for one another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Rocksavage
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Jamie Dornan  •  James Wilby  •  Ophelia Lovibond

Her Own Rules (1998)

Melissa Gilbert stars as Marygold/Meredith. A sad and lonely writer returning to her home town in England for the first time since she was about 6 or 7 years old,after being adopted and raised in America. While there she decides to look for her mother's grave,and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Roth
CAST:  Melissa Gilbert  •  Jeremy Sheffield  •  Lorraine Pilkington  •  Ginny Holder

Melissa Gilbert stars as Marygold/Meredith. A sad and lonely writer returning to her home town in England for the first time since she was about 6 or 7 years old,after being adopted and raised in America. While there she decides to look for her mother's grave,and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Roth
CAST:  Melissa Gilbert  •  Jeremy Sheffield  •  Lorraine Pilkington  •  Ginny Holder

Home Before Dark (1958)

A young woman returns home after being institutionalized in a mental hospital. Director Mervyn LeRoy's 1958 drama stars Jean Simmons, Dan O'Herlihy, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Joanna Barnes, Mabel Albertson, Stephen Dunne, Marjorie Bennett, Kathryn Card, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

A young woman returns home after being institutionalized in a mental hospital. Director Mervyn LeRoy's 1958 drama stars Jean Simmons, Dan O'Herlihy, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Joanna Barnes, Mabel Albertson, Stephen Dunne, Marjorie Bennett, Kathryn Card, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Daisies in December (1995)

A seaside hotel for senior citizens is the setting for late-season love as costars Jean Simmons and Joss Ackland meet and make a match in this romantic human drama. Gerald's a stuffy ex-stockbroker who's been placed in the facility for his own best interest. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Haber
CAST:  Joss Ackland  •  Jean Simmons  •  Judith Barker  •  Muriel Pavlow

A seaside hotel for senior citizens is the setting for late-season love as costars Jean Simmons and Joss Ackland meet and make a match in this romantic human drama. Gerald's a stuffy ex-stockbroker who's been placed in the facility for his own best interest. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Haber
CAST:  Joss Ackland  •  Jean Simmons  •  Judith Barker  •  Muriel Pavlow

A Friendship in Vienna (1988)

Inge Dournenvald and Lise Mueller are best friends in pre-WW2 Austria, despite the fact that Inge is Jewish and Lise is the daughter of a Nazi sympathizer. When they are forbidden to see each other, they meet secretly. After the Germans invade Austria in 1938, Inge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Allan Seidelman
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Edward Asner  •  Luisa Bradshaw-White  •  Kamie Harper

Inge Dournenvald and Lise Mueller are best friends in pre-WW2 Austria, despite the fact that Inge is Jewish and Lise is the daughter of a Nazi sympathizer. When they are forbidden to see each other, they meet secretly. After the Germans invade Austria in 1938, Inge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Allan Seidelman
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Edward Asner  •  Luisa Bradshaw-White  •  Kamie Harper
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