Verna Bloom

Verna Bloom Headshot

Actress

Birth Date: August 7, 1938

Death Date: January 9, 2019

Birth Place: Lynn, Massachusetts

American actress Verna Bloom found fame with roles in some of the most iconic films of her time. A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, she studied acting in Boston and New York before embarking on a career in television and film. Small roles on TV shows, including "NBC Experiment in Television" (NBC, 1967-71) and "N.Y.P.D." (ABC, 1967-69) soon followed. Her profile jumped significantly when she starred alongside Robert Forster in the drama "Medium Cool" (1969). The film centered on the political upheaval at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Along with her husband, writer Jay Cocks, and Harvey Keitel, she was filmed for Martin Scorsese's documentary "Street Scenes" (1970). After starring in the Peter Fonda directed western, "The Hired Hand" (1971), Bloom stepped into a permanent spot in that genre's history. Playing opposite Clint Eastwood, she starred in "High Plains Drifter" (1973). The western, the second feature directed by Eastwood, quickly became a modern classic. She starred in the TV disaster film "Where Have All the People Gone?" (NBC, 1974) and the drama "Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic" (NBC, 1975).

The actress then settled into a string of television guest appearances. She took on roles on programs such as "Kojak" (CBS, 1973-78) and "Lou Grant" (CBS, 1977-82), and appeared with Frank Sinatra and Martin Balsam in the television film "Contract on Cherry Street" (NBC, 1977). It was a role in a comedy that would become a generational touchstone, though, that cemented her place in pop culture. Bloom filmed the small role of Marion Wormer for John Landis's "Animal House" (1978). Playing the wife of John Vernon's Dean Wormer, who is seduced by frat boy Tim Mathis, the actress would forever be associated with the role.

She reunited with Eastwood for his country music drama "Honkytonk Man" (1982). She went on to star in Scorsese's "After Hours" (1985), and then was cast by the director as Mary, the mother of Jesus, in his adaptation of "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988). She made periodic television appearance thereafter, the last of which was a guest role on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) in 2003. Bloom passed away on January 9, 2019 from complications brought on by dementia.

Credits

Tell Them Who You Are

Self
Movie
2004

The West WingStream

Guest Star
Molly Lapham
Series
1999
81%

The Last Temptation of ChristStream

Actor
Mary
Movie
1988
82%

The Equalizer

Guest Star
Marian Grey
Series
1985

After HoursStream

Actor
June
Movie
1985
89%

The Journey of Natty Gann

Actor
Farm Woman
Movie
1985

Honkytonk Man

Actor
Emmy
Movie
1982

Rivkin: Bounty Hunter

Actor
Bertha
Movie
1981

Rivkin, le chasseur de primes

Actor
Movie
1981

Playing for Time

Actor
Paulette
Movie
1980

Animal HouseStream

Actor
Marion Wormer
Movie
1978
91%

Contract on Cherry Street

Actor
Emily Hovannes
Movie
1977

Gibbsville

Guest Star
Show
1976

The Blue Knight

Actor
Movie
1975

Sarah T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic

Actor
Jean Hodges
Movie
1975

Where Have All the People Gone?

Actor
Jenny
Movie
1974

KojakStream

Guest Star
Carrie Zachary
Series
1973

Police Story

Actor
Elizabeth Shaner
Series
1973

Policía sin Licencia

Actor
Movie
1973

High Plains DrifterStream

Actor
Sarah Belding
Movie
1973
94%

Badge 373

Actor
Maureen
Movie
1973

Pistoleros Sin Destino

Actor
Movie
1971

The Hired HandStream

Actor
Hannah Collings
Movie
1971
81%

Street Scenes

Self
Movie
1970

Medium Cool

Actor
Eileen
Movie
1969

BonanzaStream

Guest Star
Series
1959