‘Guys and Dolls’ Actress Jean Simmons Dies At 80

by | January 23, 2010 at 8:01 AM | TV News

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By BOB THOMAS
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Jean Simmons, the stunning beauty who sang with Marlon Brando in “Guys and Dolls” and played Ophelia to Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, has died. She was 80.

Her agent, Judy Page, tells the Los Angeles Times that Simmons died Friday night at her home in Santa Monica. Simmons had lung cancer.

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Simmons made her movie debut at age 14 in the 1944 British film “Give Us the Moon.”

She would go on to star opposite Kirk Douglas in “Spartacus” and Burt Lancaster in “Elmer Gantry.” She was best recognized for playing opposite Marlon Brando in “Guys and Dolls.”

Simmons won an Emmy for the 1983 TV miniseries “The Thorn Birds” and appeared on TV and on stage until the 1990s.

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