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

Verna Bloom
Verna Frances Bloom

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


Personal life and deathEdit

Bloom was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and attended the School of Fine Arts in Boston University, graduating with a BFA in 1959.[1] She also studied at the HB Studio in New York City.[2] She was Jewish.[3]

Verna Bloom died aged 80 on January 9, 2019 in Maine of complications of dementia.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Medium Cool Eileen
1969 Children's Games The Girl
1970 Street Scenes Herself
1971 The Hired Hand Hannah Collings
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
1978 Animal House Marion Wormer
1980 Playing for Time Paulette TV movie
1982 Honkytonk Man Emmy
1985 Déjà Vu
1985 The Journey of Natty Gann Farm Woman
1985 After Hours June
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Mary, Mother of Jesus


Year Title Role Notes
1967 N.Y.P.D. Barbara Laney Season 1, episode 3
1969 Bonanza Ellen Masters Season 10, episode 29
1973 Doc Elliot Mary Beth Hickey Season 1, episode 1


  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (January 10, 2019). "Verna Bloom, Actress in Animal House and Medium Cool, Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ Cullen, Jim (2001). Restless in the Promised Land: Catholics and the American Dream. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 129. ISBN 1-58051-093-0.
  4. ^ 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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