Lee Fierro, the actress best known for playing mourning for Kintner in Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” in 1975, died of complications from a coronavirus at the age of 91.
Kevin Ryan, artistic director and chairman of the board of directors of Island Theater Workshop, where Fierro has served for more than 40 years, confirmed the death of the Martha’s Vineyard Times and Entertainment Tonight. Fierro had moved from his home to Martha’s Vineyard, where “Jaws” was filmed, and lived in an Ohio assisted living center.
Kintner portrayed the grieving mother of young Alex Kintner (Jeffrey Voorhees), the second victim of the great white shark killer in “Jaws”. Kintner approached Chief of Police Brody (Roy Scheider), removed his mourning veil and slapped him in the face for failing to notify the seaside town of a previous shark attack.
“You knew there was a shark there, you knew it was dangerous, but you still let people swim. Said Mrs. Kintner. “My boy is dead. I wanted you to know. “
Fierro resumed his role as Ms. Kintner in “Jaws: The Revenge” in 1987.
The theater-trained actress was a long-time resident of Martha’s Vineyard, serving as artistic director and chair of the board of directors for the Island Theater Workshop. During these years, Fierro has appeared in numerous productions of theater companies and has supervised more than 1,000 children, according to the Times.
But Fierro knew she would be remembered for his famous scene “Jaws”.
“She was tickled. She found it really entertaining, “said resident and author Nicole Galland. “She said,” If you told me that I would be known, I would not believe it. »»
Galland told the newspaper how Fierro would discuss the young director Spielberg’s reprimand for his dramatic exit from Edgartown town hall during filming. “Lee, you’re not on Broadway, lower your tone. Lower your tone, ”said Fierro of Spielberg’s instructions.