Who is Verna Bloom?
Verna Bloom was born on the 7th August 1939, in Lynn, Massachusetts USA, she is a retired actress, best known to the world for her portrayal of Sarah Belding in the film “High Plains Drifter” (1973), then as Marion Wormer in the film “Animal House” (1978), and as Mary, Mother of Jesus in the film “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), among many other differing appearances she secured in her career from the late ‘60s until the early 2000s.
Where is Verna Bloom Today?
Verna retired from acting in 2003 and since then has kept a low profile, apparently enjoying retirement with her husband. Unfortunately, further details about her personal life are yet to be disclosed, though, according to some reports, Verna is now a successful real estate investor with houses and yachts that have increased her wealth.
Verna Bloom Bio: Early Life, Ancestry, and Education
Verna has kept details about her parents hidden from the public eye, but is of Jewish ancestry, and grew up in her small hometown. After she finished high school she moved to the main city of Massachusetts, where she enrolled at School of Fine Arts in Boston University, from which she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She furthered her acting studies at the HB Studio in New York City.
Verna’s career started in the late ‘60s with a minor role in the TV series “NBC Experiments in Television”, and the same year featured in another TV series – “N.Y.P.D.”. Then she made her film debut, starring alongside Robert Forster and Peter Bonerz in the drama film “Medium Cool”. After that, Verna featured in several not so successful films, including “Children’s Games” in 1969, and “The Hired Hand” in 1971, starring Peter Fonda and Warren Oats, while Verna had the lead female role.
Rise to Prominence
With the start of the ‘70s, Verna’s name became more popular, slowly becoming a star actress; in 1973 he co-starred next to Clint Eastwood and Marianna Hill in the western film “High Plains Drifter”, and five years later starred in the comedy film “Animal House”, with John Belushi, Karen Allen and Tom Hulce, which boosted her to Hollywood stardom. She continued successfully into the ‘80s with roles in such films as the television drama “Playing for Time” (1980), starring Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander and Maud Adams, and then teamed up again with Clint Eastwood in the film “Honkytonk Man” in 1982, and also had a role in the Academy Award-nominated adventure film “The Journey of Natty Gann” in 1985. The same year she co-starred in the Golden Globe Award-nominated comedy crime-drama film “After Hours”, with Griffin Dunne, and Rosanna Arquette, while in 1988 she had another breakthrough role, as Mary, Mother of Jesus in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-nominated drama film “The Last Temptation of Christ”, starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel and Barbara Hershey.
Career Decline and Retirement
From the start of the ‘90s, Verna slowly drifted towards retirement, and wasn’t much focused on new acting engagements. She made a couple of appearances before her official retirement, including as Maude Bray in the TV series “Dr, Quinn, Medicine Woman” (1993), and ten years later as Molly Lapham in the TV series “The West Wing”.
Verna Bloom Net Worth Today
Although she retired 15 years ago, Verna enjoyed success in her days and was one of the highest paid actresses of her time. Some of the most successful films on which she worked include “High Plaines Drifter”, “Animal House”, and “The Last Temptation of Christ”, among many others. So, have you ever wondered how rich Verna Bloom is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Bloom’s net worth is now at $13 million, while only a year ago it was around $9 million – her smart business moves further increased her wealth.
Do You Know About Verna’s Personal Life?
When it comes to her personal life, Verna hasn’t been one of those celebrities that share every detail from their personal life. Instead, she is quite the opposite, and has put all effort to keep her most intimate details hidden from the public eye. Nevertheless, it is known that she has been married to famous screenwriter Jay Cocks since 1972, but there is no information on whether the couple has children or not. She doesn’t have an active social media accounts.
Verna Bloom’s Husband, Jay Cocks
Now that we have covered all the major details about Verna, it would be unfair not to mention her successful husband Jay. Born John Curran Cocks Jr. on the 12th January 1944, in New York City, USA, he is a screenwriter and film critic. He graduated from Kenyon College and before he started writing screenplays for films, Jay was a film critic, whose articles can be found in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and Time, as well as among many other magazines.
He started collaborating with director Martin Scorsese, including on “The Age of Innocence”, “Gangs of New York” and “Strange Days”. In addition, some of the other most successful of Jay’s works include “De-Lovely” in 2004 and “Silence” in 2016.