Jean Simmons as Sister Sharon Falconer in 'Elmer Gantry'

1 portrait by Al St Hilaire


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Jean Simmons as Sister Sharon Falconer in 'Elmer Gantry'

by Al St Hilaire
film publicity still, 1960
10 in. x 8 1/8 in. (255 mm x 205 mm) overall
Given by Tracy Granger, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG x199021

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  • Al St Hilaire (1908-1990), Still photographer. Artist or producer of 1 portrait.

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In Elmer Gantry (1960) Simmons played a fervent evangelist co-starring opposite Burt Lancaster. The film was adapted by director Richard Brooks, who became her second husband that same year.

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Current affairs

Prince Andrew is born, the third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
The Contraceptive Pill is introduced in England, dramatically changing the nation's approach to sex and relationships, and significantly contributing to the 1960s culture of liberation.

Art and science

Penguin books defend D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover against charges of obscenity by demonstrating that the novel was of literary merit. The 'not guilty' verdict was seen as a victory for free speech and marked the beginning if a new era of liberalism.
The satirical revue Beyond the Fringe launches the careers of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller.


Harold Macmillan delivers his 'wind of change' speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town, announcing Britain's decision to grant independence to many of her colonies. The speech recognised the emergence of African nationalism, and criticised the policy of Apartheid in South Africa.

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