Jean Kent died from 'blunt force chest injury'

Jean Kent starred in the Edwardian romance Carnival Jean Kent died in hospital after she was found collapsed in her bedroom

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Jean Kent, one of Britain's biggest film stars in the 1940s and 1950s, died from a "blunt force chest injury", Suffolk's coroner has said.

Ms Kent, 92, died at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, in November after a fall at her home in Westhorpe.

An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned on Friday. Coroner Dr Peter Dean said there were no suspicious circumstances.

About 70 people attended Ms Kent's funeral on Saturday.

The actress appeared in 45 films and starred alongside Marilyn Monroe, Michael Redgrave and Laurence Olivier during her career.

Her post-war television shows included Up Pompeii!, Crossroads and Lovejoy.

Ms Kent, whose real name was Joan Mildred Hurst, was found collapsed in her bedroom at Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, on 28 November by her housekeeper.

Suffolk Police said it was not treating her death as suspicious.

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