North London-born Hollywood starlet dies at 80

HOLLYWOOD was mourning one of its legendary actresses this weekend after the death of Jean Simmons. The Guys and Dolls star – who was born in Crouch Hill and grew up in Golders Green – lost her battle against lung cancer on Friday at the age of 80. During

HOLLYWOOD was mourning one of its legendary actresses this weekend after the death of Jean Simmons.

The Guys and Dolls star - who was born in Crouch Hill and grew up in Golders Green - lost her battle against lung cancer on Friday at the age of 80.

During an illustrious 66-year career, Ms Simmons played alongside Laurence Olivier in Hamlet and starred as Queen Elizabeth I in Young Bess. She won two Oscar nominations and won an Emmy award in 1983 for her performance in The Thorn Birds.

Later in her career, she appeared in television shows including Murder She Wrote and Xena: Warrior Princess.


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She married twice; to fellow actor Stewart Granger and director Richard Brooks.

* Read full obituary in this week's Ham&High.

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