True Blood actress dies at 70 – .

Marcia DeRousse was an actress best known for appearing in three seasons of HBO’s “True Blood” as Dr. Patricia Ludwig. 

Marcia DeRousse’s legacy 

DeRousse grew up in Doniphan, Missouri, but moved to Los Angeles in 1980 with her family. While working as a teacher in Pasadena, she took an interest in acting. Through actor Billy Barty, she landed a small role in “Under the Rainbow” (1981), starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher. Minor roles followed, including appearances in “The Fall Guy” and “St. Elsewhere.” 

DeRousse’s best-known role was in HBO’s supernatural drama, “True Blood,” where she played Dr. Patricia Ludwig, who provided medical treatment to the supernatural. The character’s no-nonsense, fearless approach and sharp wit won her fans and repeated appearances. 

When not acting, DeRousse did volunteer charity work, especially to assist with animal adoptions. She also worked as a psychic. DeRousse, herself 4 feet 4 inches tall, also advocated for persons of short stature and disabled people to get more acting work. 

Tributes to Marcia DeRousse 

Full obituary: The Hollywood Reporter 

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