Verna Bloom

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Verna Bloom
Verna Frances Bloom

(1938-08-07)August 7, 1938
DiedJanuary 9, 2019(2019-01-09) (aged 80)
Years active1967–2003
(m. 1972)

Verna Frances Bloom (August 7, 1938 – January 9, 2019) was an American actress.


On Broadway, Bloom portrayed Charlotte Corday in 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 (1967) and Blanche Morton in Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983).[1] She made her film debut in Medium Cool, and then co-starred in Clint Eastwood's 1973 film, High Plains Drifter and in the 1974 made-for-TV movie Where Have All The People Gone? with Peter Graves and Kathleen Quinlan. Bloom also had roles in more than 30 films and television episodes beginning the 1960s, including playing Mary, mother of Jesus, in The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988 and Marion Wormer in Animal House in 1978.[citation needed]

Personal life and death[edit]

Bloom was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, and attended the School of Fine Arts in Boston University, graduating with a BFA in 1959.[2] She also studied at the HB Studio in New York City.[3] She was Jewish.[4]

Verna Bloom died aged 80 on January 9, 2019 in Bar Harbor, Maine of complications of dementia.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Medium Cool Eileen
1969 Children's Games The Girl
1970 Street Scenes Herself
1971 The Hired Hand Hannah Collings
1972 Particular Men Evelyn TV Movie
1973 High Plains Drifter Sarah Belding
1973 Badge 373 Maureen
1974 Where Have All the People Gone? Jenny TV movie
1975 Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic Jean Hodges TV movie
1977 Contract on Cherry Street Emily Hovannes TV movie
1978 Animal House Marion Wormer
1980 Playing for Time Paulette TV movie
1981 Rivkin: Bounty Hunter Bertha TV movie
1982 Honkytonk Man Emmy
1985 The Journey of Natty Gann Farm Woman
1985 After Hours June
1985 Promise's to Keep TV movie, (uncredited)
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Mary, Mother of Jesus
2003 Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update Marion Wormer Short film, (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1967 N.Y.P.D. Barbara Laney Season 1, episode 3
1969 Bonanza Ellen Masters Season 10, episode 29
1969 The David Frost Show Herself 1 episode
1973 Doc Elliot Mary Beth Hickey Season 1, episode 1
1973-1976 Police Story Marge Connor / Elizabeth Shaner 2 episodes
1975 The Blue Knights Moody Larkin Season 1, episode 1
1976 Kojak Carrie Zachary Season 3, episode 16
1977 Visions Nancy Doucette Season 2, episode 4
1977 Lou Grant Emily Season 1, episode 13
1977 Gibbsville Season 1, episode 10
1987 Cagney & Lacey Joan Torvec Season 7, episode 1
1988-1989 The Equalizer Ellen / Marian Grey 2 episodes
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Maude Bray Season 1, episode 1
2003 The West Wing Molly Lapham Season 4, episode 13


  1. ^ "Verna Bloom". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Barnes, Mike (January 10, 2019). "Verna Bloom, Actress in Animal House and Medium Cool, Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Verna Bloom biography". Yahoo! Movies. AEC One Stop Group, Inc. Baseline. Yahoo! Inc. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Cullen, Jim (2001). Restless in the Promised Land: Catholics and the American Dream. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 129. ISBN 1-58051-093-0.
  5. ^ Yang, Rachel (10 January 2019). "Verna Bloom, Actress in 'Animal House,' 'High Plains Drifter,' Dies at 80". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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