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Jean Simmons was a star export…

31 January, 2020

Jean Simmons

• MANY of us who belong to the older generation and were captivated by the screen presence of Hollywood icon Jean Simmons will have regretted her passing a decade ago, on January 22, and wondered if speculation that she was born in Lower Holloway or Crouch Hill is true or false.

This is shrouded in mystery apart from the fact that she grew up in Cricklewood. Speculation is also rife that her remains are buried in Highgate Cemetery.

If this is true, and her earliest abode is still extant in the borough, then I and many others will be gratified to know whether a commemorative plaque has been or will be commissioned as a tribute.

Jean Simmons’s realistic portrayal of a variety of characters ran the gamut from an ingenue immersed in religious dogma in Guys and Dolls to a virtuoso performance as a sociopathic patrician in the film noir Angel Face.

Regardless of where she was born, however, she will always be remembered as being one of north London’s greatest cultural exports.

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