Marcia de Rousse, a beloved actress renowned for her role on HBO’s hit series True Blood, passed away at the age of 70. Her representative confirmed that she succumbed to a long illness on September 2, 2023, in Altadena, California.
Early Life and Education
Born in Doniphan, Missouri, Marcia de Rousse began her journey to stardom from humble beginnings. She attended the University of Missouri before embarking on a new chapter in Los Angeles in 1980, alongside her mother.
The Early Years
In her early years in Los Angeles, Marcia de Rousse made a living by teaching in the Pasadena public school system. However, her destiny in the world of acting was waiting to unfold. A serendipitous encounter with the legendary Old Hollywood actor Billy Barty marked the beginning of her acting career. This chance meeting led to her first screen credit in the 1981 film Under the Rainbow, where she shared the screen with stars like Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, and Billy Barty himself.
A Decades-Long Career
Marcia de Rousse’s talent and dedication paved the way for a successful career spanning two decades. She graced our screens with her presence in various television shows, including memorable appearances in episodes of St. Elsewhere and The Fall Guy.
In 2003, she showcased her versatility in the dramedy Tiptoes, starring alongside A-list actors such as Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, and Peter Dinklage.
However, it was her role as Dr. Ludwig in the popular TV series True Blood that truly defined her career. Dr. Ludwig was a skilled physician who specialized in caring for supernatural creatures. Marcia de Rousse’s portrayal of this intriguing character left an indelible mark on the show, and she appeared in multiple episodes throughout its run, including the second, fourth, and seventh seasons.
Her Final Act
Marcia de Rousse’s final film role was in the 2016 movie The Disappointments Room, where she reunited with her co-star Kate Beckinsale.
A Remarkable Woman
Those who knew Marcia de Rousse remember her as more than just a talented actress. She was a 4’4″ dynamo with a sharp wit, making her a standout in the world of character actors. Her love for feline friends was well-known, and she was a passionate advocate for cats, especially strays. Additionally, Marcia was a strong supporter of fellow disabled actors and tirelessly worked to create more opportunities for the senior disabled community.
She shared a close friendship with Zelda Rubinstein and considered Zelda her mentor. Marcia de Rousse’s legacy lives on through her loving family, friends, and the countless neighborhood cats she cherished.
In her passing, Marcia de Rousse leaves behind a legacy of talent, compassion, and advocacy, reminding us of the impact one remarkable person can have on the world.