Zohra Lampert

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Zohra Lampert
Zohra Lampert (1953).jpg
Lampert in 1953
New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
Years active1954–2016

Zohra Lampert (born May 13, year disputed) is an American actress, who has had roles on film, television, and stage, including as the title character in the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death;[2] she also starred alongside Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in the 1961 Splendor in the Grass. Lampert achieved critical acclaim for her work on Broadway as well, earning two Tony Award nominations for her roles in Look: We've Come Through (1962) and Mother Courage and Her Children (1963). She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in a 1975 episode of Kojak.

Early life[edit]

Lampert was born in New York City,[1] the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants Rachil Eriss, a draper and hatmaker, and Morris Lampert, an architect and ironworker.[citation needed]


Lampert studied acting at HB Studio.[3] After working on minor stages for several years, including a stint as a member of the Second City troupe in Chicago, she performed on Broadway in a Tony-nominated performance in 1961's Look: We've Come Through. She scored with a pair of small, noteworthy performances in the films Pay or Die and Splendor in the Grass. In the 1960s/1970s, she was active in supporting roles in film and television, and won an Emmy for her performance as a gypsy in an episode of Kojak ("Queen of the Gypsies", 1975). She co-starred with Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes' Opening Night (1977).

She was a regular in the sitcom The Girl with Something Extra and the medical drama Doctors' Hospital. During the early 1970s, she originated the role of Ellie Jardin on the CBS soap Where the Heart Is until her character was killed off in 1972. In 1986, she appeared in an episode of Knight Rider (season 4, "Hills of Fire"). She worked less during the 1980s and 1990s. She appeared in The Exorcist III (playing actor George C. Scott's wife) and the offbeat 1999 film The Eden Myth.

Later years[edit]

After a ten-year absence from films, Lampert returned to acting in supporting roles in two films: The Hungry Ghosts (2009) and Zenith (2010).



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1959 Odds Against Tomorrow Girl in Bar [4]
1960 Pay or Die Adelina Saulino [4]
1961 Posse from Hell Helen Caldwell [4]
1961 Splendor in the Grass Angelina [4]
1961 Hey, Let's Twist! Sharon [4]
1966 A Fine Madness Evelyn Tupperman [4]
1968 Bye Bye Braverman Etta Rieff [4]
1969 Some Kind of a Nut Bunny Erickson [4]
1971 Let's Scare Jessica to Death Jessica [4]
1977 Opening Night Dorothy Victor [4]
1984 Alphabet City Mama [4]
1984 Teachers Mrs. Pilikian [4]
1989 American Blue Note Louise [4]
1990 Stanley & Iris Elaine [4]
1990 The Exorcist III Mary Kinderman [4]
1992 Alan & Naomi Mrs. Liebman [4]
1992 Last Supper Short film [4]
1994 The Last Good Time Barbara [4]
1999 The Eden Myth Alma Speck [4]
2009 The Hungry Ghosts Ruth [5]
2010 Zenith Ms. Minor [4]
2014 Sexual Secrets Alma Speck


Year Title Role Notes
1954 A Time to Live Greta Powers TV series
1958 Decoy Anne / Norma Hart "High Swing", "Cry Revenge"
1960 Cradle Song Sister Maria Jesus TV film
1960 Route 66 Sue Ellis "Layout at Glen Canyon"
1961 The Defenders Florence Meech / Eve Gideon Tubberbye "The Prowler", "Gideon's Follies"
1962 Sam Benedict Sarah Friedman "Hear the Mellow Wedding Bells"
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Marie Petit "A Tangled Web"
1963 Dr. Kildare Rose Kemmer / Myra Krolik "The Thing Speaks for Itself", "A Place Among the Monuments"
1963 Naked City Clara Espuella "Barefoot on a Bed of Coals"
1964 The Reporter Molly Gresham "Super-Star"
1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Kay Lorrison "The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair"
1965 Slattery's People Asst. District Atty. Arlene Mancuso "Question: Who Are You Taking to the Main Event, Eddie?"
1965 The Trials of O'Brien Penelope "How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?"
1967 I Spy Zili "Blackout"
1969 Then Came Bronson Mary Draper "Amid Splinters of the Thunderbolt"
1970 The F.B.I. Mary Cochella "Deadfall"
1970–71 Where the Heart Is Ellie Jardin TV series
1972 Love, American Style Nancy Ellis "Love and the Jinx"
1973 The Connection Hannah TV film
1973 The Bob Newhart Show Janine "Motel"
1973–74 The Girl with Something Extra Anne Recurring role
1975 Ladies of the Corridor Mildred Tynan TV film
1975 One of Our Own Dr. Norah Purcell TV film
1975 Kojak Marina Sheldon "Queen of the Gypsies"
1975–76 Doctors' Hospital Dr. Norah Purcell Main role
1976 Serpico Anne "Trumpet of Time"
1976 Hawaii Five-0 Anita Newhall "Let Death Do Us Part"
1977 Hunter Deedee "The K Group: Parts 1 & 2"
1977 Mixed Nuts Dr. Sarah Allgood TV short
1977 Switch Lita Verassiere "Fade Out"
1978 Quincy, M.E. Lynn Peters "Passing"
1978 Black Beauty Polly Barker TV miniseries
1978 Kojak Dr. Ellen Page "The Halls of Terror"
1978 Hawaii Five-0 Gloria Kozma "Small Potatoes"
1978 Lady of the House Julia de Paulo TV film
1979 The Suicide's Wife Sharon Logan TV film
1980 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything Wilma Farnham TV film
1980 Children of Divorce Mrs. Goldsmith TV film
1981 Secrets of Midland Heights Mme. Zeena "Letting Go"
1981 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite Wilma Farnham TV film
1982 Romance Theatre TV series
1984 American Playhouse Esther Mirkin "The Cafeteria"
1984 Airwolf Dr. Lisa Holgate "Echoes from the Past"
1985 Izzy and Moe Esther Einstein TV film
1986 The Equalizer Veronica Whitney "Torn"
1986 Knight Rider Tess Hubbard "Hills of Fire"
1986 Trapper John, M.D. "Fall of the Wild"


Year Nominated work Award Category Outcome Ref.
1962 Look, We've Come Through Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Nominated [6]
1963 Mother Courage and Her Children Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Nominated [6]
1974 Kojak Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Won [7]


  1. ^ a b "Zohra Lampert". AllMovie. Archived from the original on March 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Greenspun, Roger (August 28, 1971). "Let s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) Screen: Hippie Vampire:' Let's Scare Jessica to Death' Arrives". The New York Times.
  3. ^ HB Studio Alumni
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Zohra Lampert Filmography". AllMovie. Archived from the original on June 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Pyne, Daniel (October 4, 2010). "Michael Imperioli Feeds The Hungry Ghosts". MovieMaker. Archived from the original on June 28, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Zohra Lampert Tony Awards". Broadway World. Archived from the original on June 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Zohra Lampert". Emmys. Television Academy. Archived from the original on June 28, 2019.

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