Verna Bloom, who worked in the industry for over 30 years, has passed away. She was 80. Bloom passed away Wednesday in her home in Bar Harbor, Maine. A family spokesperson determined that she passé away due to dimentia complications.
Bloom began her career in the film Medium Cool, where she played a single mother who was caught up in the middle of the violence that occurred at the 1968 Democratic convention. She went on to star in such films as The Last Temptation Of Christ, where she played Mary, and costarred with Clint Eastwood in both High Plains Drifter and Honkytonk Man. Bloom went on to star in her most memorable role, that of Marion Wormer, the wife of Dean Vernon Wormer in the classic comedy Animal House. It was her scene with Tim Matheson, where cucumbers were involved in their discussion, that stood out to many viewers.
On Broadway, Bloom’s stage career kicked off with the production of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade. On television, she appeared as Linda Blair’s mother in Sarah T. — Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic and Frank Sinatra’s wife in Contract on Cherry Street, as well as appearances on The Equalizer, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and The West Wing.
Bloom is survived by her husband, former film critic and Oscar-nominated writer Jack Cocks, and son, Sam.
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