Denise Dowse, ‘Insecure’ And ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor, Dies At 64

Denise Dowse, a veteran tv and movie performer who’s finest identified for her roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Insecure,” has died after being hospitalized with meningitis. She was 64.

Dowse’s loss of life was introduced Saturday on her Instagram account by sister Tracey Dowse, who celebrated her late sibling as “the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious actress, mentor and director.”

“I want to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all of the love and prayers,” the publish learn. “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 was my very best friend and final family member,” Dowse’s sister continued. “Denise loved all of you. I know that she is watching over us with all the love she has.”

Dowse was hospitalized in a coma in early August together with her sister revealing on the time that her situation was “brought on by a virulent form of meningitis.”

“Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma as it was not medically induced,” Tracey defined, sharing that her sister is a “vibrant actor and director” and “should have many years ahead of her.”

With over 120 movie and tv credit to her identify, Dowse has steadily appeared on display since 1989, changing into a daily visitor star on among the hottest sequence of the following twenty years, together with “Seinfeld,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Charmed,” “Sister, Sister,” “Moesha,” “Full House,” “Murphy Brown,” “Chicago Hope,” “Girlfriends” and “ER.”

However her recurring position as Vice Principal Mrs. Teasley on Fox’s “Beverly Hills, 90210,” by which she appeared in 24 episodes over the present’s 10-season run, was maybe her most beloved.

Dowse was memorialized in a touching tribute from Ian Ziering, her former co-star on the ’90s teen cleaning soap, after the information of her loss of life broke.

“Throughout all my years working on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will always be remembered with the utmost in respect for her talent, and fondness for the loving soul she was,” he wrote. “Some of my heartiest off camera laughs were between she and I hammering out the the discipline her Mrs. Teasley would dish out to my Steve Sanders.”

Extra lately, Dowse made recurring appearances on sequence like “Snowfall,” “The Resident” and “Imposters.” Her most recognizable position as of late was within the last three seasons of Issa Rae’s acclaimed HBO comedy “Insecure” as Dr. Rhonda Pine, the therapist to Yvonne Orji’s character Molly.

In a tweet on Sunday, Orji stated it was “truly a delight and pleasure” to work with Dowse on the sequence, which ended its run final yr.

“She embodied the strength and wisdom in real life that her character #DrRhonda shared with Molly,” she wrote. “You will truly be missed and so fondly remembered. May your soul forever Rest In Perfect Peace.”

Along with her tv work, Dowse additionally appeared in a handful of movies over her profession, together with “Ray,” “Bio-Dome,” “Starship Troopers,” “A Civil Action,” “Coach Carter” and “The Call.”

Dowse made her directorial debut with the upcoming biopic “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story” concerning the titular legendary gospel singer.

The movie, which stars Ledisi, Columbus Brief, Corbin Bleu, Janet Hubert and Wendy Raquel Robinson, served because the opening-night choice for the thirtieth Pan African Movie and Arts Competition in April.

Dowse walked the pink carpet on the premiere in her last public look.

Denise Dowse attends the 2022 Pan African Movie and Arts Competition on April 19 in Los Angeles.

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