Movie star Jean Kent dies

Former movie star Jean Kent, who lived in Westhorpe in Suffolk, has died at the age of 92. During her career her co-stars included Marilyn Monroe, Michael Redgrave and Laurence Olivier.

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Actress had 'a wonderful life'

Actress Jean Kent, who lived in Westhorpe in Suffolk, spoke to ITV News Anglia back in 2011 as she celebrated her 90th birthday.

She said: "I had a wonderful life and enjoyed every minute of it."

Jean Kent died at West Suffolk Hospital today after suffering a fall at her home.

Click below to watch the full interview with Jean Kent.

Tributes to 'underrated' actress Jean Kent

Jean Kent in Caravan Credit: ITV News Anglia

Jean Kent made her last public appearance in June 2011 when she was honoured by the British Film Institute (BFI) on her 90th birthday.

It screened one of her films, Caravan, at BFI Southbank in London.

Her career included regular appearances in Gainsborough melodramas, which were popular with large numbers of newly independent women following the outbreak of the Second World War.

Her co-stars during her film career included Marilyn Monroe, Michael Redgrave and Laurence Olivier.

Kent was born in Brixton, south London on June 29, 1921, the only child of variety performers Norman Field and Nina Norre.

She met her husband Jusuf Ramart on the set of Caravan and they married in April 1946. He died from cancer in 1989.

Jean Kent at her home in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Film critic Michael Thornton said: "I knew Jean for more than 50 years. She was a feisty, funny, outspoken character who never took herself too seriously. She knew what it meant to be a star, and regarded it as her job to live up to that position and never to disappoint the public.

"Because she became one of the most famous stars of the Gainsborough era, with its bodice-ripping melodramas, she was underrated as an actress. But she was a great actress."


Suffolk actress Jean Kent dies aged 92

Former film star Jean Kent has died aged 92, it has been announced.

Kent was one of Britain's top box-office stars in the 1940s and 1950s.

Her death was announced by a close family friend, author and former film critic Michael Thornton.

He said the actress was injured in a fall at her home in the Suffolk village of Westhorpe on Thursday.

She was taken by ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds where she died at 3.40am today.

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