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




88% 66% Tell Them Who You Are Self $38.6K 2004
81% 84% The Last Temptation of Christ Mary (Character) $8.2M 1988
91% 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 72% Playing for Time Paulette (Character) - 1980
91% 89% National Lampoon's Animal House Marion Wormer (Character) - 1978
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
93% 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% 79% Medium Cool Eileen (Character) - 1969


75% 95% The West Wing Molly Lapham (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Elizabeth Shaner (Character) 1973
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star)