August 16, 1937
Forest Hills, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sid Sheinberg (m. 1956)|
At an early age, she moved 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 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.
On 19 August 1956, Gary married entertainment industry executive Sidney Sheinberg, with whom she has two sons. She retired for eight years after the movie 1941 but then came out of her voluntary retirement to reprise Ellen Brody in Jaws: The Revenge. Her sons, Bill Sheinberg and Jonathan Sheinberg, are both film producers. Sheinberg is a member of the Human Rights Watch Women's Rights Advisory Committee, for whom she produced and directed a series of fourteen educational videotapes, and an Advisory Board Member of Ms. Magazine and Girls Learn International. In 1995, together with her husband, Gary received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Humanitarian Award.
|1967||The Virginian||Martha Young||TV movie|
|1971||McMillan and Wife||Connie||TV Show
Episode: (pilot) Husbands, Wives and Killers
|1972||Night Gallery||Barbera||TV Show
Episode: She'll Be Company for You
|McMillan and Wife||Monica Fontaine||TV Show
Episode: Cop of the Year
|1973||The Marcus-Nelson Murders||Ruthie||Kojak TV movie/pilot|
|1974||Pray for the Wildcats||Lila Summerfield||TV movie|
|1976||Car Wash||The Hysterical Lady|
|1977||I Never Promised You a Rose Garden||Ester Blake|
|1978||Jaws 2||Ellen Brody|
|Zero to Sixty||Billy-Jon|
|Crash||Emily Mulwray||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