We just lost another great performer like actress Lee Fierro, widely known for her role as Mrs. Kintner in the 1975 horror classic. Jaws, has died. Fierro reportedly died in the assisted living facility where he has been living in Ohio for the past several years due to complications from the coronavirus. She was 91 years old.
In addition to appearing in one of the best movies of all time in cinema, Fierro also spent many years working with the Island Theater Workshop program at Martha & # 39; s Vineyard, helping more than 1,000 young students begin their acting careers. "The only word I would think of when I think of Lee is dedication. I saw her as a performer, director, and businesswoman and then we became friends. She was my teacher and mentor," says Kevin Ryan, the show's artist artist. director and chairman of the board. Other former students have also commented on his death, with a saying by Fierro: "She is the reason why I followed my dreams."
Although she worked as a theater teacher, Fierro had no formal on-screen training before appearing in a crucial scene in the Jaws movie. Before the scene, Alex Kintner (Jeffrey Voorhees), a young boy, is killed by the shark while rafting in the water on a busy day at the beach. This leads to a presentation by Ms. Kintner de Fierro, who is furious with Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) when she learns that the beach remained open after the death of someone else the week before. "You knew it was dangerous, but you let those people go swimming anyway," says Mrs. Kintner tearfully, giving Brody a slap in the face to really express his point.
"I really want to make sure that people remember that Lee Fierro had more than that scene, although she really stole that scene from many important actors," Ryan also says of Fierro's iconic role in Jaws, noting that she did much more. for young actors who are making their way in the industry from what most of us saw on the movie screen. "I want people to remember that she helped build a community business that after 52 years is still here. Because they are closing across the country, we are still here and that is due to the dedication of Lee Fierro."
Fierro later reprized the role of Mrs. Kintner for a special appearance in Jaws: RevengeAlthough the film is not without its flaws, Fierro's cameo is without a doubt a highlight. Most recently, he returned to the screen when he appeared in the 2016 drama The Mistover Tale alongside Gail D. Dodge and Harry Tappen Heher. Proud of her role in the Jaws franchise, Fierro has also made several appearances in various Jaws manufacturing documentaries over the years, including Rob Goldberg's 2010 television documentary Jaws: The Inside Story.
After spending more than 25 years working as art director at the Island Theater Workshop, Fierro moved to Ohio in 2017 to be closer to his family. Her survivors include her five children: Melanie Stephens, Anthony Stephens, Doug Keeler, Dinah Hodgson, and Ethan Fierro; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. "She really loved us. I think we would all agree," Melanie said after Fierro's death. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. Rest in peace. This news comes to us from The Martha & # 39; s Vineyard Times.