Jean Simmons Dies At Age Of 80
January 23, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Jean Simmons, the British born actress that wowed audiences with her performance of Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’ with Laurence Olivier, and with Marlon Brando in ‘Guys and Dolls’, has died at the age of 80.
The silver screen Hollywood beauty, who was known for her incredible versatility and grace, died of lung cancer in her Santa Monica home.
Simmons became a household name at the age of 17 when, after three years in films, became known as Estella in the adaption of the Charles Dickens book ‘Great Expectations’, as done by David Lean.
From there she went on to do ‘The Thorn Birds’, ‘Elmer Gantry’ and ‘Spartacus’, among other greats.
She is survived by daughters Tracy Granger and Kate Brooks.