Verna Bloom, Dean’s Wife In ‘Animal House,’ Dead At 80

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

Sadly Verna Bloom, who many will know from her part in Animal House, died on January 9th.

She was 80 years old and died Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine. The cause of her death was complications of dementia, her family told Variety, as her representative confirmed Bloom's passing.

She also appeared in three films by Martin Scorsese - "Street Scenes 1970", "The Last Temptation of Christ", and "After Hours" - and two by Clint Eastwood - "High Plains Drifter" and "Honkytonk Man".

Bloom also played the lover of Clint Eastwood in "High Plains Drifter" in 1973.

The actress was born August 7, 1938 in Lynn, Mass., and graduated from Boston University in 1959, according to Deadline.

Verna's last TV role was in an episode of The West Wing in 2003, which at the time was her first acting gig in a decade.

Bloom is known by many for her role in Animal House, the John Landis 1978 classic as Marion Wormer. As an adult, she graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Boston University with a BFA, and later went on to study at the HB Studio in New York City. Moving to NY 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".

According to Yahoo News, Bloom is survived by her her son Sam and her spouse of almost 50 years, screenwriter Jay Cocks (The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York).

Donations may be made to Bonaparte's Retreat, a dog rescue organization who takes care of dogs after they can no longer stay at shelters. "Our mission is to prevent these wonderful animals from being euthanized and to adopt them into permanent, loving homes".

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