Verna Bloom, 80; her roles spanned comedies, Westerns
Ms. Bloom starred in the docudrama "Medium Cool" with Robert Forster.
Verna Bloom may have been born in Lynn, but there wasn't a trace of her Greater Boston upbringing in her voice when she performed in Studs Terkel's play "Amazing Grace" in the 1960s.
The play was set in an urban rooming house much like the place where Terkel — a broadcaster and author — had lived as a youth. Ms. Bloom's small role called for her to speak like an Appalachian transplant to a big city.
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