Saturday, January 23, 2010

RIP: Jean Simmons

British actress Jean Simmons died Friday at her home in California. Simmons, who played Estella in David Lean's Great Expectations (1946), Ophelia in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, and Save-a-Soul Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls, was 80 years old. Her agent claimed in a statement that Simmons had been suffering from lung cancer. The actress, who was also featured in Elmer Gantry, Black Narcissus, and Spartacus, continued working into her last years.

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