Actress Jean Simmons dies at 80

Jean Simmons, the stunning beauty who sang with Marlon Brando in 'Guys and Dolls' and was Ophelia to Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, died today.

Jean Simmons, the stunning beauty who sang with Marlon Brando in 'Guys and Dolls' and was Ophelia to Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, died today.

Her agent, Judy Page, told the Los Angeles Times that Simmons, who had lung cancer, died on Friday night US time at her home in Santa Monica, California.

Simmons, born in Crouch Hill, London, made her movie debut at 14 in the 1944 film 'Give Us The Moon'.

She would go on to star opposite Kirk Douglas in 'Spartacus' and Burt Lancaster in 'Elmer Gantry'.

But she was best recognised for playing opposite Marlon Brando in 'Guys And Dolls'.

Simmons won an Emmy for the 1983 TV mini-series 'The Thorn Birds' and appeared on TV and on stage until the 1990s.

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