August 16, 1937
Forest Hills, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sid Sheinberg (m. 1956)|
At an early age, she relocated with her family to Los Angeles, California, where she was raised. At age 16, she won a best actress award in a competition at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse. She was offered a scholarship to enroll at the Pasadena Playhouse, but declined and attended Columbia University as a political science major instead.
A life member of The Actors Studio, Gary began her acting career in the late 1960s doing guest appearances on several popular TV shows. These include Night Gallery, Dragnet 1967, in an episode entitled "The Virginian", as well as Dragnet 1968 in an episode entitled "The Big Shipment", McCloud, The Marcus-Nelson Murders (the pilot for Kojak), and The F.B.I.. She began her first major acting role when she was a guest star on seven episodes of the TV series Ironside, among them "Tom Dayton Is Loose Among Us", in which she played the substitute librarian Miss Kirk, who pushes the unstable Tom Dayton too hard, and "In Search of an Artist", as a woman with a drinking problem who may have been involved in a murder.
She has been married to entertainment industry executive Sidney Sheinberg, with whom she had two children, since August 19, 1956. She retired for eight years after 1941 but then came out of her voluntary retirement to reprise Ellen Brody in Jaws: The Revenge.
|1972||Night Gallery||N/A||TV Show
Episode: She'll Be Company for You
|1974||Pray for the Wildcats||TV movie|
|1976||Car Wash||The Hysterical Lady|
|1977||I Never Promised You a Rose Garden||N/A|
|1978||Jaws 2||Ellen Brody|
|Zero to Sixty||Billy-Jon|
|Crash||A passenger||TV movie|
|1979||Just You and Me, Kid||Shirl|
|1987||Jaws: The Revenge||Ellen Brody||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress