Best Movies and Biography, great actresses.. Jean Simmons

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15.The Robe

Richard Burton, Jean Simmons

Released: 1953

Directed by: Henry Koster

The Robe is a 1953 American Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman military tribune who commands the unit that crucifies Jesus. The film was made by 20th Century Fox and is..

14.The Big Country

Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck

Released: 1958

Directed by: William Wyler

The Big Country is a 1958 American epic Western film directed by William Wyler and starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston and Burl Ives. The supporting cast..

13.Great Expectations

Anthony Hopkins, Jean Simmons

Released: 1989

Directed by: Kevin Connor

Great Expectations is a British television serial based on Charles Dickens’ novel of the same title. The six-part serial was first broadcast on the ITV network in 1991 though it was distributed…

12.Rough Night in Jericho

Dean Martin, Jean Simmons

Released: 1967

Directed by: Arnold Laven

Rough Night in Jericho is a 1967 western film starring Dean Martin, George Peppard and Jean Simmons, directed by Arnold Laven. It was based on the novel The Man in Black, written by..

11.Life at the Top

Honor Blackman, Jean Simmons

Released: 1965

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

Life at the Top is a 1965 drama film, a production of Romulus Films released by Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was by Mordecai Richler, based on the novel Life at the Top by John..

10.Caesar and Cleopatra

Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore

Released: 1945

Directed by: Gabriel Pascal

Caesar and Cleopatra is a 1945 British Technicolor film directed by Gabriel Pascal and starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. It was adapted from the play Caesar and Cleopatra by George..

9.Footsteps in the Fog

Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger

Released: 1955

Directed by: Arthur Lubin

Footsteps in the Fog is a 1955 British crime film starring Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons, with a screenplay co-written by Lenore Coffee and Dorothy Davenport, and released by..

8.So Long at the Fair

Honor Blackman, Jean Simmons

Released: 1950

Directed by: Terence Fisher

So Long at the Fair is a 1950 British thriller film directed by Terence Fisher and Anthony Darnborough, and starring Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde. It was adapted from the 1947..

7.The Egyptian

Gene Tierney, Jean Simmons

Released: 1954

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

The Egyptian is an American 1954 DeLuxe Color epic film made in CinemaScope by 20th Century Fox, directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It is based on Mika..

6.Hamlet

Christopher Lee, Laurence Olivier

Released: 1948

Directed by: Laurence Olivier

Hamlet is a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, adapted and directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Hamlet was Olivier’s second film as director, and…

5.Spartacus

Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was..

4.The Actress

Spencer Tracy, Anthony Perkins

Released: 1953

Directed by: George Cukor

The Actress is an 1953 American comedy-drama film based on Ruth Gordon’s autobiographical play Years Ago. Gordon herself wrote the screenplay. The film was directed by George Cukor..

3.Black Narcissus

Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons

Released: 1947

Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Black Narcissus is a 1947 Technicolor film by the British writer-producer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, based on the 1939 novel by Rumer Godden. It is a…

2.Great Expectations

Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons

Released: 1946

Directed by: David Lean

Great Expectations is a 1946 British film directed by David Lean, based on the novel by Charles Dickens and starring John Mills, Bernard Miles, Finlay Currie, Jean Simmons, Martita Hunt…

1.Elmer Gantry

Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones

Released: 1960

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to small town America. Adapted by director Richard Brooks, the film is based on the 1927 novel of…
Jean Simmons
in full Jean Merilyn Simmons, (born Jan. 31, 1929, London, Eng.—died Jan. 22, 2010, Santa Monica, Calif., U.S.), British-born American actress who was known for her cool elegance.

At age 14, soon after she entered the Aida Foster School of Dancing, Simmons was persuaded by a talent scout to audition for what would be her debut film role, in Give Us the Moon (1943). Over the next several years she appeared in more than a dozen British films, including Great Expectations (1946), Black Narcissus (1946), and Laurence Olivier’s production of Hamlet (1948), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress.

In 1950 she went to the United States to begin her Hollywood film career, and six years later she became a U.S. citizen. She married the actor Stewart Granger in 1950. After their divorce in 1960, she married the director and writer Richard Brooks; the couple divorced in 1977. Simmons earned a second Academy Award nomination, for best actress, for The Happy Ending (1969), written and directed by Brooks. Her other screen credits include Angel Face (1953), Guys and Dolls (1955), The Big Country (1958), Elmer Gantry (1960), Spartacus (1960), and How to Make an American Quilt (1995).

Simmons made her television debut in Soldier in Love (1967) and in the late 1970s began appearing chiefly in television movies. Among these were The Thorn Birds (1983), for which she won an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or special; Great Expectations (1989); Her Own Rules (1998); and Winter Solstice (2003).

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