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Marcia de Rousse, Actor in ‘True Blood,’ Dies at 70

Marcia de Rousse, who played Dr. Ludwig on the HBO original series “True Blood,” died in Altadena, Calif., on Saturday from a long illness, her agency told Variety. She was 70.

De Rousse was born in Doniphan, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri.

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She was known for her role as Dr. Patricia Ludwig, a doctor for supernatural beings, in three episodes of “True Blood.” She first appeared in Season 2 on the episode “Scratches,” and later worked on the drama series’ fourth and seventh seasons. Her other television credits include “St. Elsewhere,” “The Fall Guy” and “Schoooled.”

On the film side, de Rousse worked on the 2003 dramedy “Tiptoes,” starring Gary Oldman, Kate Beckinsale, Patricia Arquette, Matthew McConaughey and Peter Dinklage. She played Kathleen in the film.

De Rousse made her feature film debut as a Hotel Rainbow guest in 1981’s “Under the Rainbow,” directed by Steve Rash. Set in 1938, the comedy film is loosely based on the gathering of little people who audition for roles as Munchkin’s in the MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz.” The cast includes Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and Eve Arden.

De Rousse last worked on the 2016 psychological horror film “The Disappointments Room,” starring Beckinsale and Lucas Till.

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