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Young Bess (1953) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by George Sidney and produced by Sidney Franklin.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Jack D. MooreNominated
Best Costume DesignWalter PlunkettNominated

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Ann Seymour: Do not attempt to confuse me by using words beyond my understanding.
Young Bess: I am sorry, madame, but they are difficult to avoid.

Thomas Seymour: If you were queen of England, what would you do, eh? Would you give your admiral the opportunity to do great deeds?
Young Bess: I'd give him the opportunities he never dared to dream about. I'd send him around the globe as the Portuguese do. I'd send him to the New World to let the Spaniards know that they are no longer masters of it.
Thomas Seymour: That won't be easy. We're a small country, Bess.
Young Bess: That can be remedied, Tom. It CAN be remedied!

Prince Edward: [as King, referring to his Uncle Ned] I wish he'd die.
Thomas Seymour: I beg your pardon?
Prince Edward: I said, I wish he'd die. D-Y-E. Die.
Thomas Seymour: Wrong spelling.
Ned Seymour: What are you two talking about?
Prince Edward: We were just saying that many people do not know how to spell the King's English.
Ned Seymour: The spelling does not matter, so long as the meaning is clear.
Thomas Seymour: Believe me, the word His Majesty used was quite clear.

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Jean Simmons almost didn't get the part of Elizabeth because she was considered too pretty.
This was young Rex Thompson's film debut as Prince Edward/King Edward VI. He turned in a truly engaging performance as the ill-fated young King of England, remarkable considering he was only eleven years old, and was not British but a native New Yorker.
Cast as on-screen lovers Young Bess (Queen Elizabeth I) and Sir Thomas Seymour, in real life Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger were married to each other when this movie was filmed.
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