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      Verna Bloom

      Verna Bloom

      Highest Rated: 96% Medium Cool (1969)

      Lowest Rated: 81% The Hired Hand (1971)

      Birthday: Aug 7, 1938

      Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Medium Cool
      High Plains Drifter
      Honkytonk Man
      The Journey of Natty Gann
      National Lampoon's Animal House
      After Hours
      The Last Temptation of Christ
      The Hired Hand

      Photos

      THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, Verna Bloom, (as Mary, Mother of Jesus), 1988. ©Universal Pictures. MEDIUM COOL, Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, 1969 BADGE 373, Verna Bloom, Robert Duvall, 1973 THE HIRED HAND, Peter Fonda, Verna Bloom, 1971. AFTER HOURS, Verna Bloom, 1985. ©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE, Verna Bloom, Tim Matheson, 1978. THE HIRED HAND, Pater Fonda, Warren Oates, Megan Denver, Verna Bloom, 1971. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, Willem Dafoe, Verna Bloom, with children, 1988. ©Universal Pictures. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE, Cesare Danova, Verna Bloom, John Vernon, 1978 HONKYTONK MAN, Verna Bloom, Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, 1982, (c) Warner Brothers

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      88% 66% Tell Them Who You Are Self $38.6K 2004
      82% 84% The Last Temptation of Christ Mary (Character) $8.2M 1988
      89% 87% After Hours June (Character) $10.9M 1985
      91% 78% The Journey of Natty Gann Farm Woman (Character) $8.5M 1985
      93% 64% Honkytonk Man Emmy (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rivkin: Bounty Hunter Bertha (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 73% Playing for Time Paulette (Character) - 1980
      91% 89% National Lampoon's Animal House Marion Wormer (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Contract on Cherry Street Emily Hovannes (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sarah T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic Jean Hodges (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 43% Where Have All the People Gone? Jenny (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 33% Badge 373 Maureen (Character) - 1973
      94% 86% High Plains Drifter Sarah Belding (Character) - 1973
      81% 74% The Hired Hand Hannah Collings (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Street Scenes Self - 1970
      96% 78% Medium Cool Eileen (Character) - 1969

      TV

      Credit
      81% 95% The West Wing Molly Lapham (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Ellen (Guest Star) 1988-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Carrie Zachary (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Elizabeth Shaner (Character) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star)