Jean Merilyn Simmons (January 31, 1929 – January 22, 2010)

Sweets to the sweet! Farewell.

Lay her i’ th’ earth

And from her fair and unpolluted flesh,

May violets spring!

The actress who played Ophelia in Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet has died.

Here is the headline and link from The Telegraph UK:

UPDATE: As of 1 AM Pacific Time (US), the link no longer works.  I’m leaving it up because the main page on The Telegraph still points to this address for its obituary.

UPDATE UPDATE: Shame on the Washington Post for running a William Shatner ad preceding its obit.  I would have posted it as an alternative link, but now under no circumstances.  I refuse to dishonor this beautiful and talented woman by saying further here.


Jean Simmons remembered: tributes to the demure, doe-eyed British beauty of film

Actress Jean Simmons, who has died aged 80, seemed destined for stardom from the moment she was plucked at 14 from a London dance troupe to make her first film.


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