LOS ANGELES, La. (BRPROUD) – Denise Dowse, the widely known character actress and director who helmed the NOLA-based film, ‘Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story’ passed away Saturday, August 13.
According to NBC News, Dowse’s sister, Tracey, confirmed the loss on Instagram Saturday, posting: “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. 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.”
Dowse contracted a virulent form of meningitis and fell into a coma, news that was made public by Dowse’s sister on August 5.
She was widely known for her roles in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Insecure.’
Her attention turned to Louisiana in recent years when she directed a film centered around the life of iconic gospel singer and civil rights activist, Mahalia Jackson.
The film, which was set in New Orleans, premiered at Los Angeles’ 30th Pan African Film and Arts Festival this past April.
Dowse’s love of all things acting included a deep passion for theater. The Hollywood Reporter quotes her as stating, “Of all of it, I love theater. It doesn’t pay the bills, but it feeds the soul.”
She was 64 years of age.