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Susan Backlinie, who played shark victim Chrissie Watkins in 'Jaws,' dies at 77: Reports

Susan Backlinie, best known for her role as shark victim Chrissie Watkins in Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," reportedly died Saturday at the age of 77.

Actress Susan Backlinie, best known as the first shark victim in the 鈥淛补飞蝉鈥 franchise, has died. She was 77.

Backlinie, who played Chrissie Watkins in the Steven Spielberg-directed thriller, died Saturday morning at her California home, the actress's agent Sean Clark confirmed to and . She reportedly died of a heart attack.

91影视 has reached out to a representative for Backlinie for comment.

Backlinie's unnerving performance as Watkins, a young woman who goes for a free-spirited swim in the ocean, set the suspenseful tone for "Jaws." Watkins' aquatic fun comes to a shuddering halt when she鈥檚 attacked by a monstrous shark and subsequently killed.

Backlinie鈥檚 unnerving performance as Watkins, a young woman who goes for a free-spirited swim in the ocean, set the suspenseful tone for 鈥淛aws.鈥

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Released in June 1975, "Jaws" became an instant classic, at the global box office and earning a in 1976. The film also spawned three sequels: "Jaws 2" (1978), "Jaws 3-D" (1983) and "Jaws: The Revenge" (1987).

"Jaws" marked Backlinie's cinematic debut, and the actress went on to appear in several films throughout the 鈥70s and 鈥80s, including "The Grizzly & the Treasure," "A Stranger in My Forest," "1941" and "The Great Muppet Caper." She also scored guest roles on the TV series "The Quest," "Quark" and "The Fall Guy," per the actress's .

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In addition to her work as an actress, Backlinie worked as a stuntwoman on the films "The Villain" and "Image of the Beast."

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