Nora Shepherd, is one of the supporting characters in the original 1995 film and its novel adaptation, portrayed by Bebe Neuwirth in the movie. She reprises the role in "The Next Level".
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 intact 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.
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 during the Parrish's Christmas party and wonders what his sister Nora would be like if she set foot inside.
In 2019, Nora fulfilled her dream of becoming an inn-keeper by taking up ownership of Eddie Gilpin and Milo Walker's old restaurant after their retirement. Eddie originally felt let down and betrayed by Milo wanting to retire and sell their restaurant, which he began to hate her for despite Nora's kind demeanor. Following his experience in "JUMANJI", Eddie later uses Smolder Bravestone's "smoldering intensity" to convince Nora to hire him as a manager at her restaurant.
|Jumanji 1995 Film|
|Brantford Characters||Alan Parrish • Sarah Whittle • Judy Shepherd • Peter Shepherd • Sam Parrish • Carol Parrish • Carl Bentley • Nora Shepherd • Martha Shepherd • Jim Shepherd • General Angus Parrish • Caleb Sproul • Benjamin Sproul • Mrs. Thomas • Billy Jessup • Ralph Smigel|
|Animals||Rhinoceros • Elephant • Monkey • Crocodile • Lion • Bat • Mosquito • Spider • Pelican • Zebra|
|Vegetation||Pod • Purple Flower|
|Weather||Monsoon • Earthquake • Quicksand • Tornado • Thunderstorm|
|Objects||Jumanji (board game)|
|Locations||Jumanji Realm • Brantford • Parrish Mansion • Parrish Shoe Company • Sir Sav-A-Lot • Brantford Pawnshop|