Zohra Lampert

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Zohra Lampert
Zohra Lampert 1960.jpg
Lampert in Pay or Die (1960)
Born (1937-05-13) May 13, 1937 (age 81)
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Years active1954-2016
Bill Alton (m. 1957–1958)

Zohra Lampert (born May 13, 1937) 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;[1] she also starred alongside Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in the 1961 Splendor in the Grass.

Early life[edit]

Lampert was born in New York City, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Rachil Eriss, a draper and hatmaker, and Morris Lampert, an architect and ironworker.[2] Lampert attended New York's High School of Music & Art, and then the University of Chicago. She was married to actor Bill Alton [3] from 1957 to 1958.


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 sinister gypsy on an episode of Kojak (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.

For several years in the 1980s, Lampert appeared as the spokesperson for Goya Beans.

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). In March 2010, she married broadcaster and novelist Jonathan Schwartz in New York City.



Year Title Role Notes
1960 Pay or Die Adelina Saulino
1961 Posse from Hell Helen Caldwell
1961 Splendor in the Grass Angelina
1961 Hey, Let's Twist! Sharon
1966 A Fine Madness Evelyn Tupperman
1968 Bye Bye Braverman Etta Rieff
1969 Some Kind of a Nut Bunny Erickson
1971 Let's Scare Jessica to Death Jessica
1977 Opening Night Dorothy Victor
1984 Alphabet City Mama
1984 Teachers Mrs. Pilikian
1989 American Blue Note Louise
1990 Stanley & Iris Elaine
1990 The Exorcist III Mary Kinderman
1992 Alan & Naomi Mrs. Liebman
1994 The Last Good Time Barbara
1999 The Eden Myth Alma Speck
2009 The Hungry Ghosts Ruth
2010 Zenith Ms. Minor
2014 Sexual Secrets Alma Speck
2016 Legion Mary Kinderman


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-O 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"


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Zohra Lampert Biography (1937-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Bill Alton". IMDb. Retrieved January 22, 2018.

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