Born: January 31, 1929
Died: January 21, 2010 (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Best Known as: English film actress
Jean Simmons, a versatile British actress who starred in several hit films of the 1940s, '50's, and '60s, played roles that ranged from a blackmailing maid to Shakespeare's Ophelia to a seductive murderer. She earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations for her performance in Hamlet and The Happy Ending. Her other films include Great Expectations, Guys and Dolls, and Spartacus.