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Jean Simmons obituary

British-born film star known for her roles in Great Expectations and Spartacus

Jean Simmons, who has died aged 80, had a bounteous moment, early in her career, when she seemed the likely casting for every exotic or magical female role. It passed, as she got out of her teens, but then for the best part of 15 years, in Britain and America, she was a valued actress whose generally proper, if not patrician, manner had an intriguing way of conflicting with her large, saucy eyes and a mouth that began to turn up at the corners as she imagined mischief – or more than her movies had in their scripts. Even in the age of Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, she was an authentic beauty. And there were always hints that the lady might be very sexy. But nothing worked out smoothly, and it is somehow typical of Simmons that her most astonishing
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Jean Simmons obituary

British-born film star known for her roles in Great Expectations and Spartacus

Jean Simmons, who has died aged 80, had a bounteous moment, early in her career, when she seemed the likely casting for every exotic or magical female role. It passed, as she got out of her teens, but then for the best part of 15 years, in Britain and America, she was a valued actress whose generally proper, if not patrician, manner had an intriguing way of conflicting with her large, saucy eyes and a mouth that began to turn up at the corners as she imagined mischief – or more than her movies had in their scripts. Even in the age of Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, she was an authentic beauty. And there were always hints that the lady might be very sexy. But nothing worked out smoothly, and it is somehow typical of Simmons that her most astonishing
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Leading Lady of Konga Dies

British actress Margo Johns was best known for starring in the 1961 cult classic Konga. She portrayed Margaret, lab assistant and fiancee to Michael Gough’s mad scientist, Dr. Decker, who is crushed by a giant ape in Herman Cohen’s 1961 thriller.

Johns began her career on stage, performing in revues and with repertory companies, before appearing in productions in London’s West End. She also appeared in a handful of films during her career including Meet Sexton Blake (1945) and Murder at the Windmill (aka Mystery at the Burlesque) (1949). She was also featured on television in episodes of such series as The Saint and Danger Man.

Johns died in England on September 29, 2009, at the age of 90.
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