While Ryan said that Fierro was proud of being in "Jaws" and 1987's "Jaws: The Revenge", it wasn't something she wanted to be defined by.
Lee Fiero, the actress best known for her role as Mrs. Kitner in Jaws has passed away. In the movie, she walked up to chief Brody, played by Roy Scheider, removed her mourning veil and slapped him because he did not warn the town about a previous shark attack. Fierro remained an active member of the company until she moved away from the Vineyard in 2017, and was still considered part of the artistic staff upon her death on Sunday in an OH nursing home, according to artistic director and board president Kevin Ryan. "She would say, 'If you told me that's what I'd be known for, I wouldn't believe it.'" Adding, "She had no screen training".
Lee was also a drama teacher at the Island Theatre Workshop, the paper reports, before she moved to OH to be closer to family in recent years.
Kevin Ryan, current artistic director of the theatre company, told the newspaper: "The one word I would think of when I think of Lee is dedication". "I would still call Lee for artistic discussion and commentary ..."
She was a longtime resident of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where much of Jaws was filmed. "She trained as a theater actor". "She's done a little of everything, but more than anything, I would identify her as a dedicated teacher".
Galland also recounted how director Stephen Spielberg told her to tone down her delivery.
Fierro is survived by five children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Multiple reports said that Fierro's family will hold a small ceremony in her honor because of social distancing restrictions. There are plans for a memorial service in Martha's Vineyard at a later date.