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Nora Shepherd, is one of the supporting characters in the original Jumanji film and its novel adaptation, portrayed by Bebe Neuwirth in the movie.

Biography

Nora, after the death of her brother and her sister-in-law which occurred as a result of a car accident in Canada, took their children Judy and Peter under her care and moved to Brantford, New Hampshire to start a new life with them. With assistance from Mrs. Thomas, 26 years after Alan Parrish went missing without a trace, Nora bought the empty Parrish Mansion at a reduced rate intending to build a bed & breakfast with the size of the house and the large collection of furniture. In the film's novel, Nora always dreamed of running an Inn, which remains clear that her wish was granted even more so with such a large mansion built by the civil war hero General Angus Parrish.

On her way home from the permit office two days later, Nora listened to the radio about the events going on in Brantford before being spooked by the stampede, and losing control of her car when a Monkey unknowingly hitched a ride with her. When narrowly missing a Pod's vine, she tried to catch a ride with Officer Carl Bentley, but they were forced to continue on foot after he lost his squad car to the Pod.

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Nora terrified by the unexplained stampede.

After the Monsoon, Nora finally reached the Mansion, shocked and dismayed at the overgrown Mansion, Alan's legs ticking out from the ceiling and the Lion inside her bedroom. Seeing her nephew Peter transformed into a monkey was the last straw for Nora, and she ran backwards in overwhelming trauma and became trapped in a land-sliding closet. To make sure that she doesn't disturb them, while they play with Jumanji and thus be able to put everything as it was before, Peter closed her inside the closet to keep her out of the way.

Her fate is unknown after time was reversed by Alan finally winning Jumanji before Alan and Sarah prevent The Shepherd's deaths. In the film's novel, Jim admires the Parrish Mansion and wonders what his sister Nora would be like if she set foot inside.