Denise Dowse has died at the age of 64 following a battle with viral meningitis put her in a coma for days. Her passing was confirmed by way of social Media by her sister Tracey on Saturday, Aug. 13. “I want to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all of the love and prayers,” Tracey penned. “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Denise Dowse, has gone forward to meet our family in eternal life,” she stated.
“Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious actress, mentor and director. She was my very best friend and final family member. Denise loved all of you. I know that she is watching over us with all the love she has,” Tracey signed off.
Dowse constructed her profession on a robust basis. For practically a decade (between 1991 and 2000), she performed the strict however heat vice principal Mrs. Yvonne Teasley on iconic Fox teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210. But her stint reverse Shannen Doherty and the late Luke Perry as West Beverly Hill’s High’s second in command was nowhere close to her solely high-profile function. Denise, 64, has additionally appeared on mega-hit Grey’s Anatomy, HBO’s Insecure, and CBS’s The Guardian, amongst others.
Ahead of her passing, Tracey shared a well being replace to social Media. “I am requesting support and prayers be offered me and my sister, and my only immediate family Denise Dowse,” her sister stated by way of Denise’s Instagram account in an August 7 publish. Dowse had been experiencing irritation in the protecting membranes that each surrounded her mind and spinal wire. “She is at the moment in the hospital in a coma introduced on by a virulent type of meningitis. Her docs have no idea when she’s going to come out of the coma because it was not medically induced.
Here are the high 5 issues to find out about the girl who helped form the highschool expertise for Beverly Hills, 90210 characters and followers alike.
She has a dense TV resume.
It doesn’t appear like Denise ever took a break from appearing. A look at her resume reveals a veteran actor who labored nearly always. And when she wasn’t appearing in common and recurring roles like these on 90210, Charmed, and Rocket Power, she was holding busy working one-episode gigs. Her roles go manner again and embody spots on TV sequence together with Alf (1989), Seinfeld, (1992), Murphy Brown (1994), ER, (1998), House (2010), The Bernie Mac Show (2006), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), amongst many others.
She’s prolific in movie, too.
Denise didn’t simply seem on a few of the best-known TV sequence in historical past. She’s additionally made her mark on the massive display screen. According to her official Wikipedia web page, she appeared alongside Reese Witherspoon in Pleasantville (1998), in Darren Aronofsky‘s Requiem for a Dream (2000) and in Dr Dolittle 2 (2001) starring Eddie Murphy.
She had vary, too, exhibiting up in a number of comedies. She performed Olivia Biggs in 1996 Pauly Shore comedy Bio-Dome, and Sky Marshal Meru in 1997’s Starship Troopers. On the reverse finish of the spectrum, she notably performed Ray Charles’ supervisor Marlene Andre reverse Jamie Foxx in 2004 drama Ray.
Denise is an achieved director.
The actress can also be achieved behind the digicam — her IMDb web page credit her as a director on 2 productions, together with Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, which seems to be in post-production. The movie stars Vanessa Williams, Corbin Bleu, and Keith David. Her different director’s credit score is for a 2004 brief, entitled Reflections: A Story of Redemption. She was additionally a resident director of the Amazing Grace Conservatory, a youth performing arts faculty, for practically 20 years.
She was born in Hawaii.
Not a lot is understood about her upbringing, however IMDb states that Denise was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on February 21, 1958. Her Wikipedia states that she is the daughter of a naval officer.
Denise holds a bachelor’s diploma.
Per Hollywood Fringe, the beloved actress holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Theatre from Norfolk State University in Virginia. According to the identical web page, she’s put her formal coaching to work in Los Angeles reside theater productions as each a director and actor.