Actress, drama teacher, and mentor at the Island Theatre Workshop in Martha’s Vineyard, Lee Fierro has died of complications from Covid-19. She was 91 years old.
Fierro did not have an extensive film career, but for fans of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film Jaws, she holds an unforgettable position in our memories. In the film, the actress played Mrs. Kintner whose son Alex (Jeffrey Voorhees) is killed by the massive great white shark while swimming at the beach.
In one of the most emotionally driven moments in the film, Kintner slaps Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) after she learned that a woman had also been killed by a shark only a week before her son.
“You knew it was dangerous, but you let people go swimming anyway,” she said. “You knew all those things, but still my boys is dead now. And there’s nothin’ you can do about it.”
Take a look at the scene below.
Fierro returned 12 years later to reprise her role in 1987’s Jaws: The Revenge. She would only appear in film once more in The Mistover Tale in 2016 as well as a couple of appearances as herself in documentaries about the iconic movies over the years.
According to Deadline, Fierro was living in an assisted living facility in Ohio when she died. Her family will have a small funeral in Ohio with a memorial service on Martha’s Vineyard at a later date.
iHorror sends our condolences to Lee Fierro’s family and to all of those whose lives have been touched by this terrifying virus.