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Jaws actress Susan Backlinie is spotted ahead of the 47th anniversary of the iconic film’s release

Her film debut is often regarded as one of the most iconic opening scenes in Hollywood history.

When she was 28, actress Susan Backlinie left audiences gasping in terror when she was eaten alive by a great white shark in the first episode of Steven Spielberg’s horror masterpiece, Jaws.

Now, 47 years since its release on June 20, 1975, DailyMail.com can reveal that the retired actress is once again embroiled in tumultuous waters – this time with the law.

Retired actress Susan Backlinie Swindall ran errands near her home in Ventura County, California, last week, days before the 47th anniversary of the release of the blockbuster hit Jaws.

Retired actress Susan Backlinie Swindall ran errands near her home in Ventura County, California, last week, days before the 47th anniversary of the release of the blockbuster hit Jaws.

The former actress and stuntwoman is known for her role as Chrissie Watkins, the beachgoer mauled by a great white shark in 1975 in the 1975 Steven Spielberg classic.

The former actress and stuntwoman is known for her role as Chrissie Watkins, the beachgoer mauled by a great white shark in 1975 in the 1975 Steven Spielberg classic.

Backline, now 75, made her film debut at age 28, starring in the most iconic opening scenes in Hollywood history

Backline goes hiking in Ventura County

Backline, now 75, made her film debut at age 28, starring in the most iconic opening scenes in Hollywood history

According to public records, Backlinie is due to appear in court in November, after being arrested and charged with battery charges in August 2020.

The 75-year-old, who is listed by her marital name Susan Swindall, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A hearing is now scheduled for November 14 to review her case.

The incident is not Backline’s first encounter with local authorities.

In 2019, the former actress and stuntwoman was charged with DUI after driving another vehicle near her.

She looked blurry and injured in her official mugshot, with what appeared to be a nasty wound at the top of her forehead.

Just days before the 47th anniversary of the iconic film’s release, DailyMail.com found that Backlinie was running errands near her and obtained exclusive photos.

Wearing a baggy hoodie, shorts and sneakers, she walked with a cane and looked deep in thought as she held a bag of groceries and a bottle of water.

Backline, pictured on set with Steven Spielberg, left audiences gasping in terror when she was eaten alive by a great white shark in the first part of the film.

Backline, pictured on set with Steven Spielberg, left audiences gasping in terror when she was eaten alive by a great white shark in the first part of the film.

The release of the 1975 classic thriller is considered by many to be a turning point in cinema history

The release of the 1975 classic thriller is considered by many to be a turning point in cinema history

In the years following her film debut, Backlinie appeared at fan conventions and revealed that she submitted a nude photo of herself to casting directors for her audition for the role.

In the years following her film debut, Backlinie appeared at fan conventions and revealed that she submitted a nude photo of herself to casting directors for her audition for the role.

Ironically, Backlinie now spends her days on a houseboat that looks eerily similar to the one used to hunt the great white shark off the coast of Amity Island, a fictional coastal town in New York.

Before appearing in Jaws, Backlinie worked as a stuntwoman and animal trainer.

Backline has seen slightly tougher times in recent years and was accused of a DUI in 2019 (pictured)

Backline has seen slightly tougher times in recent years and was accused of a DUI in 2019 (pictured)

In another claim to fame, she also owned the same bear whose growl was used as the voice of Chewbacca in Star Wars.

At a fan convention in Calgary, Canada in 2017, Backlinie recalled getting the role of Chrissie Watkins alongside Roy Schneider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw and Ellen Brody in the famous Steven Spieberg movie.

She shared how she submitted a nude photo of herself in her job application because she assumed the film would prompt her to undress, but to her relief, that screenplay turned out not to be necessary.

‘I do about our five’ [conventions] a year it’s nice to go out and meet all the fans,” she told the interviewer at the time.

They all have the same thing to say and the most important thing they say all the time is, “You kept me out of the water.”

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed Backline dressed in a hoodie, shorts and sneakers and walking with a cane while running errands on June 16

Backline

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed Backline dressed in a hoodie, shorts and sneakers and walking with a cane while running errands on June 16

Ironically, Backlinie now spends her days on a houseboat that looks eerily similar to the one used to hunt the great white shark in the movie.

Ironically, Backlinie now spends her days on a houseboat that looks eerily similar to the one used to hunt the great white shark in the movie.

DailyMail.com may also reveal Backlinie is due to appear in court in November, after being arrested in August 2020 and charged with battery, according to public records

DailyMail.com may also reveal Backlinie is due to appear in court in November, after being arrested in August 2020 and charged with battery, according to public records

The release of the 1975 classic thriller is considered by many to be a turning point in movie history.

It was the first major movie to be shot on the ocean, and it went massively over budget, costing $9 million with an original budget of $4 million, much to the dismay of the producers who first released it as a small picture. saws.

To simulate the shark’s first attack, a nighttime attack on the female skinny-dipper, cables attached to Backlinie’s legs were pulled from the beach, mimicking the jerking motion of a real-life attack.

Spielberg didn’t tell her when the first tug would come, so her shock response was genuine.

The film was also a troubled shoot, with sinking boats, wet cameras and an inexperienced director at the helm.

Susan Backlinie in a scene from the 1976 movie 'Two-Minute Warning'. Before appearing in Jaws, she worked as a stuntwoman and animal trainer

Susan Backlinie in a scene from the 1976 movie ‘Two-Minute Warning’. Before appearing in Jaws, she worked as a stuntwoman and animal trainer

Jaws actress/stuntwoman Susan Backlinie at Jaws Fest honoring Universal Studios Home Entertainment 2005 Jaws 30th Anniversary Edition DVD

Jaws actress/stuntwoman Susan Backlinie at Jaws Fest honoring Universal Studios Home Entertainment 2005 Jaws 30th Anniversary Edition DVD

The actors were seasick for much of the time and screenwriter Carl Gottlieb was nearly decapitated by a propeller.

The main photography was supposed to last 55 days, but lasted 159, and the crew nicknamed the film Flaws.

Despite the issues, the film grossed an astonishing $7 million in its first weekend and ended with a box office receipt of $124 million — a record at the time — beating The Godfather.

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