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|Nickname:||Jean Simmons / Jean Simmonds /|
|Known for:||Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, Elmer Gantry|
|Birth name:||Jean Merilyn Simmons|
|Birthday:||31 January 1929, Crouch Hill, London, England, UK|
|Height:||5' 6" 1.68 m|
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TriviaDaughter, with Richard Brooks, Kate Brooks. Daughter, with Stewart Granger, Tracy Granger. Naturalized U.S. citizen. Jean was made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to acting in the 2003 New Year Honours List. In 1958, she accepted the Oscar for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" on behalf of Alec Guinness, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony In the early 1980s, she and daughter Kate Brooks lived in the Litchfield County town of New Milford, Connecticut. They later returned to their long-time California home in Santa Monica. In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Fiorella Betti. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani during the mid-fifties, most notably in The Robe (1953). Other actresses like Miranda Bonansea, Rosetta Calavetta and Rina Morelli also lent their voice to Simmons at some point. From the sixties onwards, Maria Pia Di Meo became her official Italian voice. Was William Wyler's first choice for the role of Princess Ann in Roman Holiday (1953), but Howard Hughes, who owned her contract, wouldn't loan her out to Paramount to do the film. Became a U.S. citizen in 1956. She and Marlon Brando were originally supposed to lip-sync their songs in the musical film Guys and Dolls (1955/I). Samuel Goldwyn heard them during rehearsal and decided the untrained stars should do their own singing for authenticity. She is survived by her daughters; Tracy Granger and Kate Brooks; and one grandson, Ty Saville.