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Verna Bloom, 80, actress ("Animal House")
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Diner
2019-01-11 00:34:16 UTC
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https://variety.com/2019/film/obituaries-people-news/verna-bloom-dead-dies-animal-house-1203104909/
JANUARY 10, 2019 12:59PM PT
Verna Bloom, Actress in ‘Animal House,’ ‘High Plains Drifter,’ Dies at 80
By RACHEL YANG

Verna Bloom, who appeared in “Animal House” and worked with the likes of Martin Scorsese, died Jan. 9 in Bar Harbor, Maine, her rep confirmed to Variety. She was 80 years old.

The cause was complications of dementia, her family stated.

Although Bloom appeared extensively in theater and television, she is most noted for her film work. One of her memorable roles came in John Landis’ 1978 comedy “Animal House,” in which she appeared as the drunken, debauched wife of the beleaguered Dean Wormer. She also appeared in three films by Martin Scorsese — “Street Scenes 1970,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), and “After Hours” (1985) — and two by Clint Eastwood: “High Plains Drifter” (1973) and “Honkytonk Man” (1982).

Bloom was born in Lynn, Mass., in 1938. After graduating from Boston University, she moved to Denver and started a local theater. Moving to New York in the mid-1960s, she starred as Charlotte Corday in the Broadway revival of “Marat/Sade” and, shortly after, on the recommendation of the writer-historian Studs Terkel, made her film debut in Haskell Wexler’s “Medium Cool” (1969), in which she played a young Appalachian mother caught up in the street violence of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. For her performance, she was nominated for both lead and supporting actress by the National Society of Film Critics.

Bloom fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring with Frank Sinatra in the two-part television film “Contract on Cherry Street” (1977), and then appearing in Peter Fonda’s elegiac Western “The Hired Hand” (1981).

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, screenwriter Jay Cocks (“Gangs of New York”), and her son Sam.

Donations may be made to Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue.


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Michael OConnor
2019-01-11 01:51:12 UTC
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She was brilliant in a small role in "Animal House", as was John Vernon as Dean Wormer. A bit of "Animal House" trivia - when the screenplay was written, the Dean Wormer character was inspired by Jack Webb, and Webb was first offered the role but quickly passed on it.
That Derek
2019-01-11 02:22:11 UTC
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Post by Michael OConnor
Webb was first offered the role but quickly passed on it.
"That's about the size of it."

WOW! Vernon and Verna as the Wormers !

When I first saw the supermarket scene in "Animal House," theatrically, I noticed an anomaly. One of the Deltas (Tim Matheson? Peter Riegert?) was hitting on Mrs. Wormer shile another (Thomas Hulce) was doing likewise with a teenaged cashier. At the register, Hulce -- in 1963, mind you -- was seen in front of a display of various Wrigley's gum flavours, including "Big Red," which was not introduced until the mid-1970s.
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