Jaws Actor Lee Fierro Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 91

Jaws Actor Lee Fierro Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 91

Jaws Actor Lee Fierro Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 91

Her character was memorable for walking up to police chief Brody (Roy Scheider), lifting her black veil, and slapping him in the face.

"She was a huge presence on the Island theater community".

She worked as a drama teacher at the Island Theatre Workshop at the time Jaws was made and went on to serve for 25 years as the workshop's artistic director.

"We will miss her terribly".

Fierro doesn't have very many acting credits to her name outside of the "Jaws" franchise - in which she reprised her role twice - but she had an iconic few scenes in the first flick, notably her freak-out on the beach when Alex's blood and shorts wash up on the beach. She found it really entertaining'. She was fiercely dedicated to the mission of teaching.

But according to a 2005 interview Fierro gave to the Vineyard Gazette, she had to be prodded by friends into auditioning for the film, and she was surprised when she landed the role of Mrs. Kitner, the mother of the deadly shark's second victim, Alex Kitner. You knew there was a shark out there. 'She would say, "If you told me that's what I'd be known for, I wouldn't believe it".

Crowds run out of the water in a scene from the film "Jaws", 1975.

You knew all those things but still my boy is dead now and there is nothing you can do about it. "Lee, you're not on Broadway, tone it down. So I was surprised when two weeks later I get called up by Shari Rhodes telling me that Steven Spielberg is on the Island and wanted to see me". "Tone it down", Galland said of Fierro recalling her on-screen experience.

The Hollywood Reporter noted Fierro is survived by her five children. The death was confirmed by friends to the Martha's Vineyard Times on Sunday. "I've been working with her for 30 years here [on Marthas's Vineyard] and three years since she moved [to Ohio]".

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