Lampert in Pay or Die (1960)
May 13, 1937 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Chicago|
|Spouse(s)||Bill Alton (divorced)
Jonathan Schwartz (2010-present)
Zohra Lampert (born May 13, 1937) is an American actress, who has had roles on film, television and stage. She may be best remembered for her role as the title character in the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death, as well as for starring alongside Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in the 1961 romance film Splendor in the Grass.
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. Lampert attended New York's High School of Music and Art, and then the University of Chicago. She was married to actor Bill Alton  from 1957 to 1958.
After working on minor stages for several years, she performed on Broadway in a Tony-nominated performance in 1961's Look We've Come Through. She scored with a pair of small but noteworthy performances in the films Pay or Die and Splendor in the Grass. In the 1960s/70s 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 in (1977).
She was a regular in the sitcom The Girl With Something Extra and the medical drama Doctors' Hospital. During the early 1970s, she created 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 roles as diverse as The Exorcist III (playing actor George C. Scott's wife), and the offbeat 1999 film, The Eden Myth, which would prove to be her last feature film role for the next decade.
For several years in the 80s, Lampert appeared on-screen as the spokesperson for Goya Beans.
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.
|1959||Odds Against Tomorrow||Girl in bar||Uncredited|
|1960||Pay or Die||Adelina Saulino|
|1961||Posse from Hell||Helen Caldwell|
|1961||Splendor in the Grass||Angelina|
|1966||A Fine Madness||Evelyn Tupperman|
|1968||Bye Bye Braverman||Etta Rieff|
|1969||Some Kind of a Nut||Bunny Ericsson|
|1971||Let's Scare Jessica to Death||Jessica|
|1973||The Connection||Hannah||Television film|
|1977||Opening Night||Dorothy Victor|
|1978||Lady of the House||Julia de Paulo|
|1979||The Suicide's Wife||Sharon Logan||Television film|
|1980||Children of Divorce||Television film|
|1980||The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything||Wilma||Television film|
|1985||Izzy & Moe||Esther Einstein|
|1986||Ladies of the Corridor||Television film|
|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|
|2014||Sexual Secrets||Alma Speck|
- Route 66 (1960 episode, "Layout at Glen Canyon"): Sue
- The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1963 episode, "A Tangled Web")
- Naked City (1963 episode "Walking On Hot Coals") (Clara Espuella)
- The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1965 episode, "The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair") (Kay Lorrison)
- I Spy (1967 episode, "Blackout") (Zili Markova)
- Where the Heart Is (1969–70; series regular: Ellie)
- Then came Bronson (1969 TV series) Amid Splinters of the Thunderbolt: Mary
- The FBI (1970 episode, "Mary")
- The Bob Newhart Show (1973 episode, "Motel") (Janine)
- The Girl with Something Extra (1973–74) (Anne)
- Kojak (1975 episode, "Queen of the Gypsies"), (1978 episode, "The Halls of Terror")
- Doctors' Hospital (1975-76; series regular: Dr. Norah Purcell)
- Hawaii Five-O (1976 episode, "Let Death Do Us Part")
- Hawaii Five-O (1979 episode, "Small Potatoes")
- Knight Rider (1985 episode, "Hills of Fire")