'Animal House' actress Verna Bloom dies at 80

Actress who played dean's wife in 1978 film dies of complications from dementia

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Verna Bloom's character Marion Wormer offers Tim Matheson's Eric "Otter" Stratton a drink in a scene from the 1978 film "National Lampoon's Animal House."

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Verna Bloom, the actress who portrayed the wife of the dean in the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House," has died. She was 80.

Family spokesman Mike Kaplan told 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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