Lorraine Gary

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Lorraine Gary
Lorraine Gottfried

(1937-08-16) August 16, 1937 (age 86)
Other namesLorraine Sheinberg
Alma materColumbia University
Years active1967–1979, 1987
(m. 1956; died 2019)

Lorraine Gottfried (born August 16, 1937), better known by her stage name Lorraine Gary, is a retired American actress, best known for her role as Ellen Brody in the Jaws film series. She also appeared in 1941 and Car Wash.

Early life[edit]

Gary was born as Lorraine Gottfried in Forest Hills, Queens, to Belle and George Gottfried, an entertainment business manager.

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[1] as a political science major instead.


A life member of the Actors Studio,[2] 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. [3]

In addition to her work as an actress, Gary owned New Hope Productions, a company that produced television programs.[4]

Civic activities[edit]

Gary 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.[5]

In 1995, together with her husband, Gary received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Humanitarian Award.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gary married entertainment industry executive Sidney Sheinberg on August 19, 1956, at the age of 19,[7][8] with whom she has two sons named Jonathan J. and William David.[9]

She retired from acting after her appearance in the film 1941 (1979), only briefly returning to reprise the role of Ellen Brody in Jaws: The Revenge (1987). Her sons, Bill Sheinberg and Jonathan Sheinberg, are both film producers.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 Jaws Ellen Brody
1976 Car Wash Hysterical Lady
1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Ester Blake
1978 Zero to Sixty Billy-Jon
Jaws 2 Ellen Brody
1979 Just You and Me, Kid Shirley
1941 Joan Douglas
1987 Jaws: The Revenge Ellen Brody Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Dragnet 1967 Mrs. Frank "The Big Shipment"
The Virginian Martha Young "Without Mercy"
1968 Ironside Nancy Lewin / Nurse Green "All in a Day's Work", "Split Second to an Epitaph: Parts 1 & 2"
1969 Ironside Leona Stuart "In Search of an Artist"
The Virginian Laura "The Stranger"
The Name of the Game Carla Frazier "Breakout to a Fast Buck"
The Bold Ones: The Protectors Margaret Sheehan "A Case of Good Whiskey at Christmas Time"
1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Marion Lester "If I Can't Sing, I'll Listen"
McCloud Joan Stanford "Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue"
San Francisco International Airport "The High Cost of Nightmares"
"The Men From Shiloh" rebranded name for The Virginian Mrs. Nelson "Hannah"
Ironside Patricia Kirk / Elaine Potter "Tom Dayton Is Loose Among Us", "Noel's Gonna Fly"
1971 The City Victoria Ulysses TV film
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Mrs. Madrid "Operation: Crystal Springs"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Norma Pruitt "A Lonely Stretch of Beach"
McMillan & Wife Connie "Husbands, Wives, and Killers"
1972 McMillan & Wife Monica Fontaine "Cop of the Year"
Hec Ramsey Bella Grant "Mystery of the Green Feather"
Night Gallery Barbara Morgan "She'll be Company for You"
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Annie Harker "They've Got to Blame Somebody"
Partners in Crime Margery Jordan TV film
ABC's Wide World of Entertainment Liz Elliott "A Prowler in the Heart"
Ironside Ellen Wills "Fragile Is the House of Cards"
The F.B.I. Angela Norton "The Confession"
1973-74 Kojak Ruth Gardner "The Marcus-Nelson Murders", "Marker to a Dead Bookie"
1974 Pray for the Wildcats Lila Summerfield TV film
Marcus Welby, M.D. Jean Wainwright "The Mugging"
The Rookies Lynn Corey "Rolling Thunder"
1975 Man on the Outside TV film
1976 Lanigan's Rabbi Myra Galen "Pilot"
1978 Crash Emily Mulwray TV film


  1. ^ Scott, Vernon (July 1, 1978). "Lorraine Gary works hard at becoming a movie star". New Castle News. Pennsylvania, New Castle. United Press International. p. 8. Retrieved August 10, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ 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 Publishers. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  3. ^ "Ironside" In Search of an Artist (TV Episode 1969) - IMDb, retrieved 2023-09-12
  4. ^ Crosby, Joan (July 28, 1975). "Lorraine Gary: full of fears despite 'Jaws'". The Lowell Sun. Massachusetts, Lowell. p. 16. Retrieved August 10, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "FMF Board of Directors". Feminist Majority Foundation. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Humanitarian: Sheinbergs to Receive Award Sunday". Los Angeles Times. January 12, 1995. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Fathers and Sons - and Grandsons and Daughters and Wives and..." Spy. Sussex Publishers, LLC. 6: 20. February 1992. ISSN 0890-1759.
  8. ^ Trent, Jeff (September 1989). "Spy". Spy. Sussex Publishers, LLC: 86. ISSN 0890-1759.
  9. ^ Fund Raiser's Guide to Private Fortunes. Taft Group. 1988. ISBN 9780914756590.

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