Actress Jean Simmons, who lit up the screen with the female lead in 'Guys and Dolls,' lost her battle with lung cancer Friday, at the age of 80. Simmons died at the Santa Monica home, her agent Judy Page told the Los Angeles Times.

"Jean Simmons' jaw-dropping beauty often obscured a formidable acting talent," Alan K. Rode, a writer and film historian, told The Times in an e-mail.