Lorraine Gary

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Lorraine Gary
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Lorraine Gary
Born Lorraine Gottfried
(1937-08-16) August 16, 1937 (age 80)
Forest Hills, New York, U.S.
Other names Lorraine Sheinberg
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–1987
Spouse(s) Sid Sheinberg (m. 1956)
  • Bill Sheinberg
  • John Sheinberg
  • George Gottfried (father)
  • Betty Gottfried (mother)

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 to Betty and George Gottfried, an entertainment business manager.[1]

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[2] as a political science major instead.


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 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.[citation needed]

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]

On 19 August 1956, Gary married entertainment industry executive Sidney Sheinberg, with whom she has two sons. She retired from acting after her appearance in the film 1941 (1979). She came out of retirement to reprise her role as Ellen Brody for the second time in Jaws: The Revenge, released in 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
1978 Jaws 2 Ellen Brody
1979 Just You and Me, Kid Shirley
1979 1941 Joan Douglas
1987 Jaws: The Revenge Ellen Brody


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Dragnet 1967 Mrs. Frank "The Big Shipment"
1967 Virginian, TheThe 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"
1969 Virginian, TheThe Virginian Laura "The Stranger"
1969 Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the Game Carla Frazier "Breakout to a Fast Buck"
1969 Bold Ones: The Protectors, TheThe Bold Ones: The Protectors Margaret Sheehan "A Case of Good Whiskey at Christmas Time"
1970 Bold Ones: The New Doctors, TheThe Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Marion Lester "If I Can't Sing, I'll Listen"
1970 McCloud Joan Stanford "Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue"
1970 San Francisco International Airport "The High Cost of Nightmares"
1970 Virginian, TheThe Virginian Mrs. Nelson "Hannah"
1970 Ironside Patricia Kirk / Elaine Potter "Tom Dayton Is Loose Among Us", "Noel's Gonna Fly"
1971 City, TheThe City Victoria Ulysses TV film
1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Mrs. Madrid "Operation: Crystal Springs"
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Norma Pruitt "A Lonely Stretch of Beach"
1971 McMillan & Wife Connie "Husbands, Wives, and Killers"
1972 McMillan & Wife Monica Fontaine "Cop of the Year"
1972 Hec Ramsey Bella Grant "Mystery of the Green Feather"
1972 Night Gallery Barbara Morgan "She'll be Company for You"
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Annie Harker "They've Got to Blame Somebody"
1973 Partners in Crime Margery Jordan TV film
1973 ABC's Wide World of Entertainment Liz Elliott "A Prowler in the Heart"
1973 Ironside Ellen Wills "Fragile Is the House of Cards"
1973 F.B.I., TheThe 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
1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. Jean Wainwright "The Mugging"
1974 Rookies, TheThe 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. ^ Lorraine Gary profile
  2. ^ 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 publication – free to read
  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. ^ 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 publication – free to read
  5. ^ "FMF Board of Directors". Feminist Majority Foundation. Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Humanitarian: Sheinbergs to Receive Award Sunday". Los Angeles Times. January 12, 1995. Archived from the original on August 12, 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 

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