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Jean Merilyn Simmons

(1929-2010), Actress

Sitter in 33 portraits
Made her debut when just fourteen, playing Margaret Lockwood's sister in Give Us the Moon (1944). Gained popularity with roles in David Lean's Great Expectations (1946) and as Ophelia in Laurence Olivier's screen production of Hamlet (1948). Her role was nominated for an Oscar and she won Best Actress prize at the Venice Film Festival. Other films include The Blue Lagoon (1949), Desiree, (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955) and Spartacus (1960). Was married to fellow actor Stewart Granger between 1950 and 1960. Other important films include Black Narcissus (1946) and Elmer Gantry (1960).

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Jean Simmons, by Sir Matthew Smith - NPG L252

Jean Simmons

by Sir Matthew Smith
oil on canvas, circa 1948-1949
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L252

Jean Simmons, by Ernst Haas, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x194321

Jean Simmons

by Ernst Haas, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1940s
NPG x194321

Jean Simmons, by Unknown photographer - NPG x194324

Jean Simmons

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, circa 1947
NPG x194324

Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', by Wilfrid Newton - NPG x137990

Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Wilfrid Newton
film publicity still, 1948
NPG x137990

Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', by Wilfrid Newton - NPG x137991

Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Wilfrid Newton
film publicity still, 1948
NPG x137991

Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', by Wilfrid Newton - NPG x194185

Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Wilfrid Newton
film publicity still, 1948
NPG x194185

Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', by Wilfrid Newton - NPG x194322

Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Wilfrid Newton
film publicity still, 1948
NPG x194322

Jean Simmons, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x75958

Jean Simmons

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1948
NPG x75958

Jean Simmons, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23308

Jean Simmons

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1948
NPG x23308

Jean Simmons, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127225

Jean Simmons

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1948
NPG x127225

The cast of 'Blue Lagoon', by Charles M. Hiller, and by  Beverley Washburn - NPG x135478

The cast of 'Blue Lagoon'

by Charles M. Hiller, and by Beverley Washburn
vintage print, 1949
NPG x135478

Jean Simmons, by Walter Hanlon - NPG x135002

Jean Simmons

by Walter Hanlon
modern bromide print from original negative, 1950
NPG x135002

Jean Simmons, for Planet News - NPG x194323

Jean Simmons

for Planet News
bromide press print, 24 May 1950
NPG x194323

Jean Simmons; Edmund Purdom; Joan Greenwood, by Jimmy Wilds, for  Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x194186

Jean Simmons; Edmund Purdom; Joan Greenwood

by Jimmy Wilds, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, October 1954
NPG x194186

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