Oscar-winning actress Jean Simmons was yet another celebrity fan of Star Trek who was unabashed in seeking a role on one of the modern TV series—eventually becoming featured in a memorable turn as the over zealous witchhunter, retired Rear Admiral Nora Satie of TNG’s “The Drumhead.”
A 1929 native of north London,, England, Simmons first shot to fame onscreen in the Oscar-winning adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations in 1948, and then snagged an Academy Award nomination as Ophelia in Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film version of Hamlet. Her most widely-known appearance today is perhaps as Sarah Brown, the proper Salvation Army leader in the 1956 film version of the musical Guys and Dolls, alongside Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando—a role for which she won the Golden Globe as best musical-comedy actress. She also appeared in a slew of Biblical-era epics including The Robe and Spartacus, plus Elmer Gantry, and in her TV and stage work won a 1983 Emmy Award as the Cleary family matriarch in the miniseries The Thorn Birds.
She also appeared in the original and sequel North and South miniseries, and for four years voiced the narration for A&E Mysteries of the Bible. Simmons died of lung cancer just shy of her 81st birthday in 2010.