Susan Backlinie From ‘Jaws’ Passes Away

Susan Backlinie, known for her iconic role as the first victim in the 1975 film “Jaws,” has tragically passed away at the age of 77. Her husband, Harvey Swindall, shared the heartbreaking news that her death was unexpected and she died from a heart attack at their California home on Saturday morning. Backlinie’s passing has left fans and loved ones mourning the loss of a truly remarkable person.

Swindall, who was married to Backlinie for 30 years, spoke fondly of his wife, saying she was “the most amazing person I’ve ever met in my life” and that he had never loved anyone like her. This sentiment is shared by many who knew Backlinie, as she was not only a talented actress but also a kind and loving individual.

Backlinie landed the role of Chrissie in “Jaws” not only because of her stunning looks but also because of her background as a nationally ranked swimmer and mermaid.

Director Steven Spielberg specifically wanted a stunt person for the opening scene, and Backlinie’s previous experience made her the perfect candidate for the role. Spielberg praised her skills in the water and her ability to withstand the rough filming conditions.

In an interview with the Palm Beach Post in 2017, Backlinie shared Spielberg’s vision for the iconic scene, saying he wanted the audience to be so frightened that they would be hiding under their seats with their popcorn and bubblegum. Backlinie’s performance certainly achieved this effect, as her portrayal of Chrissie’s terror and struggle for survival is unforgettable.

Backlinie also dispelled a rumor that she had broken a rib while filming, but admitted that the process was physically demanding.

The crew would film from morning until night, and Backlinie would often be exhausted by the end of the day. Despite the challenges, Backlinie gave her all to the role and it ultimately became one of the most iconic scenes in film history.

In an interview on “The Morning X with Barnes & Leslie” show last year, Backlinie described in her own words how they captured the moment in the water. She detailed the extensive preparation and safety measures taken by the crew to ensure her well-being during filming. Backlinie’s dedication to her craft and willingness to go above and beyond is truly admirable.

Backlinie’s passing is a loss for the entertainment industry and for all who knew her. Her talent, kindness, and strength will never be forgotten.

Her contribution to cinema will continue to be celebrated and remembered by fans worldwide. Backlinie will forever hold a special place in the hearts of those who grew up watching “Jaws” and witnessing her unforgettable performance.

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