Marcia de Rousse Dies: ‘True Blood’ & ‘Disappointments Room’ Actor Was 70

Marcia de Rousse, who recurred as Dr. Ludwig on HBO’s True Blood and appeared with Kate Beckinsale in The Disappointments Room, has died. She was 70. Her reps at Beverly Hecht Agency said she died September 2 after a long illness.

The diminutive De Rousse got her start in the 1981 Chevy Chase-Carrie Fisher comedy Under the Rainbow and went on to appear in episodes of The Fall Guy and St. Elsewhere during that decade. She had a few roles in the 2000s before being cast in True Blood as Dr. Patricia Ludwig, who treated illnesses acquired by supernatural beings. She appeared in three episodes from the second, fourth and seventh season, last seen fleeing at the mention of Niall Brigant’s name.

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In The Disappointments Room, de Rousse played a local historian who informs Blacker Estate buyer Dana (Beckinsale) that her new house’s previous occupants had a secret “disappointments room” in the attic, where wealthy socialite families cruelly shuttered their deformed or disabled children.

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