Friday, January 29, 2010

Jean Simmons - 1929-2010

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Thank you so much!

As you know I am very fond of the Moving Pictures and like nothing better than to be stitching and watching one. Usually I talk about a film after watching but today I wanted to bring to your attention a tribute evening on TCM. Last Friday the Movie Industry lost a wonderful actress - Jean Simmons.

As the usually do TCM is paying tribute to her wonderful career in the films with three outstanding picks - The films they are showing are start off with - "Great Expectations" -1946- starring John Mills, Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons and as you know another favorite actress of mine - Martita Hunt, This is a very early role for Jean and she is just super playing the young spoiled Estella. The director is the great David Lean. If you have not seen this version I would highly recommend it!! Second on the bill is "Elmer Gantry" - 1960 - starring Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Dean Jagger and Shirley Jones. Burt won the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role and Shirley won the Oscar for best supporting actress. Another great film to see. The third film of the evening is one I have not seen - "The Happy Ending" - 1969 - starring Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Lloyd Bridges and Teresa Wright. Simmons was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress in a leading role but lost out to Maggie Smith playing Miss Jean Brodie in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." The films start at 8 pm EST/ 5 pm PST. It should be a great evening!!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend!!! See you on Monday!

Take care,


  1. One of my favorite Jean Simmons movies is The Big Country! Do you know it? It is a sweeping western with an all star cast, including Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston and Carroll Baker and of course Jean! I love westerns! I grew up watching them with my dad.

  2. Oh, I love her, too. Thanks for the TV tip!

  3. so glad you included a picture of her...when I first heard about this, I thought Gene Simmons from KISS died! HAHA!

  4. I also like The Big Country as Donna does. Thanks for the heads up on TCM's tribute. I'll be watching :)

    Have a great weekend :)

  5. Such a loss...I love her work! I even love her narration for the Mysteries of the Bible with Richard Kiley. She was a beautiful woman with a voice like velvet!

    Can't wait to see the movies...thanks for the heads up Edgar!


  6. My favorite movie is Great Expectations and I love Jean too. She was a great actress.

  7. Enjoy your films Edgar. Have a nice weekend!