Lee Fierro Bio, Wiki
Lee Fierro was born on February 13th, 1929, in the USA as Elizabeth Lee Fierro. She is an actress, known for Jaws (1975), Jaws: The Revenge (1987) and The Mistover Tale (2016). She is reported to have died at the age of 91 in April 2020 as per The Daily Jaws. Fierro had been suffering from COVID-19.
Lee Fierro Acting Career
Fierro began acting in elementary school based on her profile on the Island Theatre Workshop. In 1946, Fierro began studying acting under former Moscow Art Theater actor, Andre Jilinsky, in New York City. During that time, Fierro made early television appearances on “The Colgate Comedy Hour” for NBC and “Man Against Crime with Ralph Bellamy” for CBS.
The Vineyard Gazette reported in June 2017 that Fierro was moving from the island to “start a new chapter” in Ohio. That year, Fierro was appointed as the artistic director of the Island Theatre Workshop.
Lee Fierro Jaws
Fierro played the mother of Alex Kintner in the iconic Stephen Spielberg directed, “Jaws.” Alex Kintner was the shark’s second victim in the film. The movie was shot in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where the then-45-year-old actress lived with her family. In her most memorable scene, Fierro slapped Chief Martin Brody, played by Roy Scheider, across the face following the death of her son.
It took 17 takes to get the slapping scene right. Schieder is quoted in “Roy Schieder: A Film Biography,” as saying of the scene, “The actress had no idea how to hit someone in the movies. Every time she slapped me, she really slapped me and it hurt like hell. She had no control. A couple of times I wanted to strangle her, but it was very effective.” Fierro is quoted in the same book saying, “It took 17 takes and he stood there and let me do it. I heard later he had to go to a chiropractor.”
In 2000, Fierro told People Magazine that during one take, she knocked Schieder’s glasses off his face. Fierro said she immediately broke character in order to apologize to her co-star.
Several decades after the filming of Jaws, Lee Fierro walked into a seafood restaurant and noticed that the menu had an “Alex Kintner Sandwich”. She commented that she had played his mother so many years ago. The owner of the restaurant ran out to meet her – none other than Jeffrey Voorhees, who had played her son. They hadn’t seen each other since the original movie shoot.
In 2012, Fierro said that after years of being asked by fans to slap them, she was retiring the gesture. Fierro said, “How many times have I been asked to slap somebody…? I’ve never counted. It happens a lot, and it is mostly young men. I do it to please the fans, but last year. I decided that is it. I have slapped my last slap.”
Lee Fierro Husband, Children
Fierro was married as ber her bio in the Theatre Workshop. In 1950, Fierro and her husband moved to Moylan, Pennsylvania. The couple raised their five children in the state while Fierro worked as a drama teacher. The bio says that Fierro moved with her husband to Martha’s Vineyard in 1969.
Lee Fierro Death & Cause
She is reported to have died at the age of 91 in April 2020 as per The Daily Jaws. Fierro had been suffering from COVID-19.
A friend of Fierro’s, Donna Honig, told the Daily Jaws, “Very sad to report that our dear friend from early Island Theatre Workshop days on the Vineyard, the amazing Lee Fierro, has passed away from COVID-19 at an assisted living facility where she had been living near her family in recent years. Condolences to all of us who knew her.”
Sad to hear about Lee Fierro passing away. Surely holds the title to one of films greatest ever slaps?
Rest in peace Miss Kintner pic.twitter.com/5Hd0QSmfR2
— Robert Parry (@Robert19203) April 5, 2020