Lorraine Gary

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Lorraine Gary
Born Lorraine Gottfried
(1937-08-16) August 16, 1937 (age 76)
Forest Hills, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–1987
Spouse(s) Sid Sheinberg (m. 1956)

Lorraine Gary (born August 16, 1937) is a retired American actress, best known for her role as "Ellen Brody" in Jaws, Jaws 2, and Jaws: The Revenge. She also appeared in 1941 and Car Wash.

Early life[edit]

Gary was born as Lorraine Gottfried in Forest Hills, Queens, New York on August 16, 1937, to Betty and George Gottfried, an entertainment business manager.[1]

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.[2]

Career[edit]

A life member of The Actors Studio,[3] 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..[4] 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to entertainment industry executive Sidney Sheinberg, with whom she had two children, since August 19, 1956.[5] She retired for eight years after 1941 but then came out of her voluntary retirement to reprise Ellen Brody in Jaws: The Revenge.[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1972 Night Gallery N/A TV Show
Episode: She'll Be Company for You
1974 Pray for the Wildcats TV movie
1975 Jaws Ellen Brody
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
1941 Joan Douglas
1987 Jaws: The Revenge Ellen Brody Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lorraine Gary profile
  2. ^ IMDb profile
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  4. ^ IMDb profile, ibid.
  5. ^ IMDb profile, ibid.

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