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‘True Blood’ Actress Was 70  – The Hollywood Reporter

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Marcia DeRousse, who got here to the help of the supernatural as Dr. Patricia Ludwig on the HBO drama True Blood, died Saturday in Altadena after an extended sickness, a publicist introduced. She was 70.

She wrote on Fb in April {that a} fall in her physician’s workplace was going to “lead to my death,” including that the spill “caused my hiatal hernia to move to an area where it is now dangerous.”

The 4-foot-4 DeRousse made her big-screen debut alongside fellow little particular person Billy Barty within the Warner Bros. movie Below the Rainbow (1981), additionally starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher. She additionally was within the motion pictures Tiptoes (2002) and D.J. Caruso’s The Disappointments Room (2016).

DeRousse appeared on episodes on the Alan Ball-created True Blood throughout its second, fourth and seventh seasons.

A local of Doniphan, Missouri, DeRousse graduated from the College of Missouri and got here to Los Angeles together with her mom in 1980. She grew to become occupied with a profession as an actor whereas instructing within the Pasadena public faculty system.

An opportunity assembly with Barty led to her showing as one of many resort visitors in Below the Rainbow, and she or he adopted with guest-starring activates ABC’s The Fall Man and NBC’s St. Elsewhere.

DeRousse, who lived in Altadena, thought of Poltergeist actress Zelda Rubinstein a mentor. She was described as “an outspoken dynamo with a distinct, sharp wit,” an advocate for alternatives for the senior disabled neighborhood and a lover of cats, particularly strays.

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