• Verna Bloom is a retired actress, known for her roles in films such as "High Plains Drifter" (1973), "Animal House" (1978) and "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988).
• Verna is now a successful real estate investor and has a net worth of $13 million.
• Verna is of Jewish ancestry and grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA.
• Verna's husband, Jay Cocks, is a successful screenwriter and film critic.
• Verna retired from acting in 2003 and has since kept a low profile.

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FactWorked in a coffee shop and shared a basement apartment with two other girls while studying at university.

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.

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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.

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Career Beginnings

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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.


1Co-founded the Trident Playhouse in Denver and also worked as a box-office custodian, publicity chief and janitress.
2Went to Maine's Bar Harbour Theatre.
3Worked in a coffee shop and shared a basement apartment with two other girls while studying at university.
4Attended the School of Fine Arts in Boston University, graduating with a BFA in 1959. She later studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City.
5Her arresting performance as assassin Charlotte Corday (replacing Glenda Jackson) in the Broadway production of "Marat/Sade" in 1967 led to film offers, most notably in Medium Cool (1969) and Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter (1973). Her last acting film role to date was as Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the highly controversial Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).




The West Wing2003TV SeriesMolly Lapham
Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update2003Video shortMarion Wormer
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman1993TV SeriesMaude Bray
The Equalizer1988-1989TV SeriesEllen / Marian Grey
The Last Temptation of Christ1988Mary, Mother of Jesus
Cagney & Lacey1987TV SeriesJoan Torvec
Promises to Keep1985TV Movie uncredited
After Hours1985June
The Journey of Natty Gann1985Farm Woman
Déjà Vu1985
Honkytonk Man1982Emmy
Rivkin: Bounty Hunter1981TV MovieBertha
Playing for Time1980TV MoviePaulette
Animal House1978Marion Wormer
Lou Grant1977TV SeriesEmily
Contract on Cherry Street1977TV MovieEmily Hovannes
Visions1977TV SeriesNancy Doucette
Gibbsville1977TV Series
Police Story1973-1976TV SeriesMarge Connor / Elizabeth Shaner
Kojak1976TV SeriesCarrie Zachary
The Blue Knight1975TV SeriesMoody Larkin
Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic1975TV MovieJean Hodges
Where Have All the People Gone1974TV MovieJenny
Badge 3731973Maureen
High Plains Drifter1973Sarah Belding
Doc Elliot1973TV SeriesMary Beth Hickey
Particular Men1972TV MovieEvelyn
The Hired Hand1971Hannah Collings
Children's Games1969The Girl
Medium Cool1969Eileen
Bonanza1969TV SeriesEllen Masters
N.Y.P.D.1967TV SeriesBarbara Laney
NBC Experiment in Television1967TV Series


By Sidney Lumet2015Documentary thanks


Tell Them Who You Are2004DocumentaryHerself
The Return of 'The Hired Hand'2003Video documentaryHerself
Look Out, Haskell, It's Real: The Making of 'Medium Cool'2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion1998Video documentaryHerself
Street Scenes1970DocumentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself


3rd Place Awards

1970NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressMedium Cool (1969)
1970NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressMedium Cool (1969)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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