Quick facts
  • AlsoListedIn: Actresses
  • Also Known As: Jean Merilyn Simmons, Jean Simmonds, Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE
  • Famous as: Actress
  • Born on: 31 January 1929 AD
  • Birthday: 31st January    Famous 31st January Birthdays
  • Died At Age: 80
  • Sun Sign: Aquarius    Aquarius Women
  • Born in: Lower Holloway, London, England, UK
  • Died on: 22 January 2010 AD
  • place of death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
  • father: Charles Simmons
  • mother: Winifred Simmons
  • siblings: Edna Simmons, Lorna Simmons, Harold Simmons
  • Spouses: Stewart Granger, Richard Brooks
  • children: Kate Brooks, Tracy Granger
Long facts
  • Childhood Early Life: She was born on January 31, 1929, in Lower Holloway, London, to Charles Simmons and Winifred (née Loveland) Simmons as their youngest child among four children.
  • Childhood Early Life: Her father was a gymnast who won a bronze medal at the 1912 Summer Olympics and later worked as a gymnastic instructor and physical education teacher.
  • Childhood Early Life: She was a very exuberant and lively child and grew up with her three siblings Edna, Lorna and Harold.
  • Childhood Early Life: She studied at ‘Orange Hill School for Girls’ in Golders Green.
  • Childhood Early Life: As the ‘Second World War’ broke in 1939, her family was evacuated to Winscombe, a village in North Somerset, where her father taught at the ‘Sidcot School’ for a while. During this time, little Simmons used to accompany her elder sister and sing songs at
  • Childhood Early Life: She returned to London in 1943 and started attending ‘Ada Foster School of Dance’ along with her sister Edna. After a couple of weeks, film director Val Guest visited the school. He was searching for a vivacious young girl to cast as Heidi, the precocious
  • Childhood Early Life: During 1944-45 she worked in several other British films doing small roles including the most expensive British Technicolor film of that time, ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ (1945), directed and produced by Gabriel Pascal. Pascal signed Simmons to a seven year co
  • Childhood Early Life: Her next prominent portrayal was that of Estela in the film ‘Great Expectations’ directed by David Lean. The film based on a novel by Charles Dickens was released on December 26, 1946. According to her, this film changed her perception about filming, whic
  • Childhood Early Life: After seeing her performance as Estela, Laurence Olivier resolved to cast her as Ophelia in his film ‘Hamlet’ (1948) and requested ‘Rank Organisation’, with whom she was contract-bound, to allot thirty days of her time, which they granted. The film brough
  • Childhood Early Life: Her other notable performances during this period includes films like ‘Black Narcissus’ and ‘Uncle Silas’ in 1947; and ‘The Blue Lagoon’ and ‘Adam and Evelyne’ in 1949.
  • Childhood Early Life: Although Laurence Olivier extended her the scope to work and study at the British theatre company ‘Bristol Old Vic’, ‘Rank Organisation’ with whom she was contract-bound disapproved the idea.
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1950 Simmons was voted Britain’s 4th most popular star.
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1951 ‘Rank’ sold Simmons’ contract to American business tycoon Howard Hughes, who at that time owned the American film production and distribution company ‘RKO Pictures’.
  • Childhood Early Life: Since early 1950s, she made a transition from a predominantly British film career to an American one. Over the years she executed several roles with great success and élan in films like ‘Angel Face’ (1952), ‘The Robe’ (1953), ‘The Egyptian’ (1954), ‘Guys
  • Childhood Early Life: She bagged several awards during this period that include ‘Golden Globe Award’, ‘National Board of Review Award’ and ‘Laurel Award’. Her performance in the drama film ‘The Happy Ending’ (1969) directed by her husband Richard Brooks fetched her second ‘Ac
  • Childhood Early Life: After the 1970s she concentrated more on television and stage performances. She performed as Desiree Armfeldt in the US national tour of the Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘A Little Night Music’. She performed in the musical for three years that include the s
  • Childhood Early Life: Her performance as Fee Cleary in the television mini-series, ‘The Thorn Birds’ won her the ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie’ in 1983. Some of the other series that she worked in are ‘North and South’ (
  • Childhood Early Life: Two of her later big-screen flicks were ‘The Dawning’ (1988) starring along with Hugh Grant and Antony Hopkins and ‘How to Make an American Quilt’ (1995) with Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft and Ellen Burstyn.
  • Childhood Early Life: She lent her voice as Grandma Sophie in the Japanese animated fantasy film, ‘Howl's Moving Castle’ (2004) and also as Shepway in the Hong Kong–produced 3D-CGI feature film, ‘Thru the Moebius Strip’ (2005).
  • Childhood Early Life: She married English film actor Stewart Granger on December 20, 1950, in Tucson, Arizona. She starred with Granger in many films. The couple became citizens of the United States in 1956 and their daughter Tracy Granger was born the same year. They got divo
  • Childhood Early Life: She got married for the second time on November 1, 1960, to American film director and screenwriter Richard Brooks. In 1961, their daughter Kate Brooks was born. The couple divorced in 1980.
  • Childhood Early Life: Though she lived and owned a home in New Milford, Connecticut in the late 1970s, later she settled for good in Santa Monica.
  • Childhood Early Life: On January 22, 2010, she succumbed to lung cancer at her home. Her cremation ceremony was performed in Santa Monica and the remains were buried at the ‘Highgate Cemetery’ in London.
  • Childhood Early Life: Simmons, who herself faced challenges and fought her own battle with alcohol addiction, never shied away from speaking publicly about her own ordeal due to the addiction. In 2003, she became a patron of ‘Release’, a British drug and human rights charity a
  • Childhood Early Life: She signed a petition in 2005 addressed to the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair appealing not to upgrade cannabis or marijuana from a class C drug to a class B one.
  • Career: During 1944-45 she worked in several other British films doing small roles including the most expensive British Technicolor film of that time, ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ (1945), directed and produced by Gabriel Pascal. Pascal signed Simmons to a seven year co
  • Career: Her next prominent portrayal was that of Estela in the film ‘Great Expectations’ directed by David Lean. The film based on a novel by Charles Dickens was released on December 26, 1946. According to her, this film changed her perception about filming, whic
  • Career: After seeing her performance as Estela, Laurence Olivier resolved to cast her as Ophelia in his film ‘Hamlet’ (1948) and requested ‘Rank Organisation’, with whom she was contract-bound, to allot thirty days of her time, which they granted. The film brough
  • Career: Her other notable performances during this period includes films like ‘Black Narcissus’ and ‘Uncle Silas’ in 1947; and ‘The Blue Lagoon’ and ‘Adam and Evelyne’ in 1949.
  • Career: Although Laurence Olivier extended her the scope to work and study at the British theatre company ‘Bristol Old Vic’, ‘Rank Organisation’ with whom she was contract-bound disapproved the idea.
  • Career: In 1950 Simmons was voted Britain’s 4th most popular star.
  • Career: In 1951 ‘Rank’ sold Simmons’ contract to American business tycoon Howard Hughes, who at that time owned the American film production and distribution company ‘RKO Pictures’.
  • Career: Since early 1950s, she made a transition from a predominantly British film career to an American one. Over the years she executed several roles with great success and élan in films like ‘Angel Face’ (1952), ‘The Robe’ (1953), ‘The Egyptian’ (1954), ‘Guys
  • Career: She bagged several awards during this period that include ‘Golden Globe Award’, ‘National Board of Review Award’ and ‘Laurel Award’. Her performance in the drama film ‘The Happy Ending’ (1969) directed by her husband Richard Brooks fetched her second ‘Ac
  • Career: After the 1970s she concentrated more on television and stage performances. She performed as Desiree Armfeldt in the US national tour of the Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘A Little Night Music’. She performed in the musical for three years that include the s
  • Career: Her performance as Fee Cleary in the television mini-series, ‘The Thorn Birds’ won her the ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie’ in 1983. Some of the other series that she worked in are ‘North and South’ (
  • Career: Two of her later big-screen flicks were ‘The Dawning’ (1988) starring along with Hugh Grant and Antony Hopkins and ‘How to Make an American Quilt’ (1995) with Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft and Ellen Burstyn.
  • Career: She lent her voice as Grandma Sophie in the Japanese animated fantasy film, ‘Howl's Moving Castle’ (2004) and also as Shepway in the Hong Kong–produced 3D-CGI feature film, ‘Thru the Moebius Strip’ (2005).
  • Career: She married English film actor Stewart Granger on December 20, 1950, in Tucson, Arizona. She starred with Granger in many films. The couple became citizens of the United States in 1956 and their daughter Tracy Granger was born the same year. They got divo
  • Career: She got married for the second time on November 1, 1960, to American film director and screenwriter Richard Brooks. In 1961, their daughter Kate Brooks was born. The couple divorced in 1980.
  • Career: Though she lived and owned a home in New Milford, Connecticut in the late 1970s, later she settled for good in Santa Monica.
  • Career: On January 22, 2010, she succumbed to lung cancer at her home. Her cremation ceremony was performed in Santa Monica and the remains were buried at the ‘Highgate Cemetery’ in London.
  • Career: Simmons, who herself faced challenges and fought her own battle with alcohol addiction, never shied away from speaking publicly about her own ordeal due to the addiction. In 2003, she became a patron of ‘Release’, a British drug and human rights charity a
  • Career: She signed a petition in 2005 addressed to the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair appealing not to upgrade cannabis or marijuana from a class C drug to a class B one.
  • Personal Life Legacy: She married English film actor Stewart Granger on December 20, 1950, in Tucson, Arizona. She starred with Granger in many films. The couple became citizens of the United States in 1956 and their daughter Tracy Granger was born the same year. They got divo
  • Personal Life Legacy: She got married for the second time on November 1, 1960, to American film director and screenwriter Richard Brooks. In 1961, their daughter Kate Brooks was born. The couple divorced in 1980.
  • Personal Life Legacy: Though she lived and owned a home in New Milford, Connecticut in the late 1970s, later she settled for good in Santa Monica.
  • Personal Life Legacy: On January 22, 2010, she succumbed to lung cancer at her home. Her cremation ceremony was performed in Santa Monica and the remains were buried at the ‘Highgate Cemetery’ in London.
  • Personal Life Legacy: Simmons, who herself faced challenges and fought her own battle with alcohol addiction, never shied away from speaking publicly about her own ordeal due to the addiction. In 2003, she became a patron of ‘Release’, a British drug and human rights charity a
  • Personal Life Legacy: She signed a petition in 2005 addressed to the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair appealing not to upgrade cannabis or marijuana from a class C drug to a class B one.
  • Humanitarian Work: Simmons, who herself faced challenges and fought her own battle with alcohol addiction, never shied away from speaking publicly about her own ordeal due to the addiction. In 2003, she became a patron of ‘Release’, a British drug and human rights charity a
  • Humanitarian Work: She signed a petition in 2005 addressed to the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair appealing not to upgrade cannabis or marijuana from a class C drug to a class B one.