Jean Merilyn Simmons
1929 - Jean Merilyn Simmons, born on the 31st of January in Crouch End, North London. She was the demure British beauty who still has legions of fans around the globe, has been a bright star in Hollywood for more than fifty years.
1944 - She made her film debut Give Us the Moon after being discovered in a talent search by producer Val Guest.
1946 - She went on to appear in major British productions such as Caesar and Cleopatra, Great Expectations as Estella, Black Narcissus as a seductive native girl.
1948 - 1950 - Appeared on certain british movies such as; Hamlet as Ophelia, The Blue Lagoon, So Long at the Fair.
1950 - She married Stewart Granger in December and they went to Hollywood.
1956 - Her daughter Tracy Granger was born.
1952 - 1959 - She was a headline performer in major films such as Androcles and the Lion, Angel Face opposite Robert Mitchum, Affair With a Stranger, The Actress, Young Bess with Granger, The Robe as Diana, The Egyptian, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Desiree, Guys and Dolls as Sarah Brown, Hilda Crane as the title character, Until They Sail, The Big Country with Gregory Peck, and This Earth is Mine with Rock Hudson.
1960 - Divorced Granger and married writer-director Richard Brooks who cast her opposite Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry.
1961 - Daughter Kate to Richard was born.
- She made two other memorable films, most notably Spartacus as Varinia opposite Kirk Douglas and The Grass Is Greener.
1963 - 1969 - She was off the screen for a few years and then starred in All the Way Home, Life at the Top, Mister Buddwing, Divorce American Style and Rough Night in Jericho, and The Happy Ending.
1975 - She continued to be active in a few films and on TV in the and appeared in the London production of A Little Night Music and toured with the play for two years.
1980 - 1990 - She was active in television and won an Emmy Award for her role as Fiona Cleary in The Thorn Birds miniseries.
1983 - She received successful treatment for alcoholism at the Betty Ford Clinic.
1995 - She made a return to the screen in How to Make an American Quilt.
1977 - She divorced Richard Brooks.
2007 - She resides in Santa Monica, California.
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