Denise Dowse during the 2017 Wendy Raquel Robinson and Amazing Grace Conservatory 20th Anniversary “There’s No Place Like Home” Gala.
(CNN)- Denise Dowse was an actress and director, known for her work on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Insecure,” and “Ray.” Her family confirmed her passing to CNN on Sunday. She had reached the age of 64.
In a statement, the actress’ sister Tracey Dowse stated, “I have to announce her passing away with a sorrowful heart.”
The actress also shared the news of her sister’s passing on her Instagram page, recalling her as a supporter of African American theatre who was also passionate about introducing kids to the field. In addition to acting and directing plays at the Amazing Grace Conservatory, an inner-city child theatre training programme, Dowse also directed plays for the Negro Ensemble Company.
The HBO comedy series “Insecure” recently included Dowse as Molly Carter’s (Yvonne Orji) therapist. Dowse is best remembered for her role as Mrs. Yvonne Teasley in the popular series “Beverly Hills, 90210.” In addition to appearing in several films and television shows as an actor, Dowse has also directed movies, such as “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story,” which had its world debut in April at the Pan African Film Festival.
According to Tracey Dowse, “I am extremely pleased to have been her sister.” “She made the stage and screen glow. She was able to dance through life and embrace happiness. something that everyone can learn from.”
In “Grey’s Anatomy,” Denise Dowse plays Lorraine Simms opposite Kevin McKidd’s Dr. Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams’ Dr. Jackson Avery, and Greg Germann’s Dr. Thomas Koracick.
Sandra Siegal from Siegal Company, Dowse’s manager, recognised her client and friend in a statement on Sunday.
“I have had the pleasure and luxury of managing Denise’s career for more than 25 years, as well as a personal acquaintance, and I am devastated by her passing. She was a tremendously talented, gorgeous, elegant, intelligent, and loving woman. I don’t know what to do, yet I have learned so much by knowing her. Because she genuinely affected so many people, Denise’s legacy and memories will endure forever “Says Siegal.
Over the course of her long career, Dowse had appearances in a number of TV shows, such as “Charmed,” “Girlfriends,” “The West Wing,” and “Law & Order.” Her IMDB biography states that she has been in films including “Pleasantville” and “Requiem for a Dream.”