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'Animal House' actress Verna Bloom dead

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

Bloom, who appeared in "Animal House" and worked with the likes of Martin Scorsese, is dead. She was 80.

The died January 9 in Bar Harbor, Maine, her confirmed to

The cause was complications stemming dementia, her family said.

appeared extensively in theatre and television, but she is most noted for her work. One of her memorable roles came in John Landis' 1978 comedy "Animal House", in which she appeared as the drunken, debauched wife of the beleaguered

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

was born in 1938. After graduating from Boston University, she moved to and started a local theatre. to in the mid-1960s, she starred as in the Broadway revival of "Marat/Sade" and, shortly after, on the recommendation of the writer-historian Studs Terkel, made her debut in Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool".

For her performance, she was nominated for both lead and supporting by the of Critics.

fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring with in the two-part television film "Contract on Cherry Street", and then appearing in Peter Fonda's elegiac Western "The Hired Hand".

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, and her son



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 11:16 IST