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40th anniversary of “Jaws”

JAWS AT 40 – As the first victim of Bruce the Great White Shark in Steven Spielberg’s seminal 1975 blockbuster, Susan Backlinie made an entire generation fear the ocean and what lurked beneath the water. Backlinie’s death in Jaws quickly became iconic. Where is she and other main actors now, on the 40th anniversary of Jaws’ release?

Breakfast is the the most important meal of the day, but if morning swimmer Chrissie Watkins knew she’d be on the menu, she probably would have stayed on dry land. With alcohol and adrenaline running through her veins after a late night Amity Island beach party, the youngster stripped out of her clothes and dove into the gray, sparkling water. As her drunken partner dozed obliviously in the sand, Chrissie was about to die one of the most horrible, visceral deaths in the history of cinema — and you never even see her killer.

Jaws 1The 1975 film, featuring a white shark terrorizing Amity Island, stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.

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