'Animal House' actress Verna Bloom dies

'Animal House' Star Verna Bloom Dies At 80

Verna Bloom, star of Animal House and The Last Temptation Of Christ, dies aged 80

Verna Bloom, known for her role in the 1978 comedy classic "National Lampoon's Animal House", has died, according to reports.

Bloom, who now lived in Bar Harbor, Maine, passed away at the age of 80 years old.

The star had dozens of Film and TV credits, but her most memorable role was Marion Wormer in John Landis' Animal House, who drunkenly sleeps with one of the fraternity students (Tim Matheson's Otter) her husband Dean Vernon Wormer is trying to get rid of.

According to Variety, a rep for Bloom confirmed that she died on died January 9 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Her final big-screen role was in Martin Scorsese 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ, in which she portrayed Mary mother of Jesus. She also worked on two films with Clint Eastwood, including 1973's The High Plains Drifter and 1982's Honkytonk Man.

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

Verna Bloom in 2003.

After graduating from Boston University, she landed the female lead in 1969's critically acclaimed Medium Cool. 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".

Bloom is survived by her husband of 49 years, Jay Cocks, who was Oscar nominated for writing the screenplay to Scorsese films The Age of Innocence and Gangs of NY, and her son Sam.

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 thoughts are with Bloom's family and friends at this time.

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