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Hilda Simms Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Commentary
  • Born: Apr 15, 1920
  • Died: Feb 6, 1994

Actress/singer Hilda Simms gained her first professional experience with the American Negro Theater in the early '40s. She debuted on Broadway in a 1944, all-black production of Anna Lucasta. When the show went to London, she went too. Finding Europe to her liking, Simms moved to Paris and, billing herself as Julie Riccardo, built a successful nightclub career as a singer. In 1953, she returned to the U.S. and obtained a co-starring role in [[Feature~V26298~The Joe Louis Story~thejoelouisstory]] (1953). The film was a hit, but Simms preferred the stage. She would only appear in one more film, [[Feature~V123424~The Black Widow~blackwidow]] (1954). During the 1960s, Simms played the role of Nurse Ayres on the dramatic television series [[Feature~V161163~The Nurses~idadathes]] (1962-1965). ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


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