We've learned the sad news today that Lee Fierro, the actress who was forever immortalized as the mourning Mrs. Kintner in Steven Spielberg's Jaws, has passed away.
Fierro died of complications from coronavirus at the age of 91.
Her appearance as Mrs. Kintner was brief but made for one of the most memorable scenes in the film, walking up to police chief Brody (Roy Scheider), removing her mourning veil, and slapping him across the face for not raising any awareness about a previous shark attack, which as we all know, led to the bloody death of her son Alex.
Fierro reprised the role in 1987's Jaws: The Revenge.
She also performed as a theatre actor for 40-plus years on Martha’s Vineyard. According to the Island Theatre Workshop artistic director and board president, Kevin Ryan, Fierro "taught and mentored more than 1,000 children in theater" during those years.
The Martha’s Vineyard Times obituary explains,"The Island Theatre Workshop was started by Mary Payne, but Fierro spent more than 25 years as artistic director and [for] several years after that she continued to assist, working well into her 80s."
Fierro passed away over the weekend, off-Island in Ohio at an assisted living facility.