February 21, 2020
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‘Animal House’ actress dies in Bar Harbor at age 80

Chris Pietsch | AP
Chris Pietsch | AP
In this July 27, 2018 photo, a photograph from the movie "Animal House" is held up in the ERB Memorial Union on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon.

Verna Bloom, the actress who portrayed the wife of the dean in the movie “Animal House,” has died. She was 80.

Family spokesman Mike Kaplan tells The Hollywood Reporter that Bloom died Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine, of complications from dementia.

In the 1978 John Landis film, Bloom played Marion Wormer, who flirted with and had a drunken romp with fraternity president “Otter” Stratton.

She was Clint Eastwood’s lover in “High Plains Drifter” and was Mary in “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

Bloom was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, and graduated from Boston University in 1959.

She is survived by her husband, former film critic and two-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jack Cocks, and a son.


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