October 3, 2022

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Actress Denise Dowse, Insecure and Beverly Hills, 90210, dies at 64

Actress Denise Dowse, Insecure and Beverly Hills, 90210, dies at 64

Dennis Dawes, the actress best known for her roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Insecure” among several other films and TV shows, has passed away. She was 64 years old.

Her sister Tracy shared the news on instagramhe writes, “It is with a very sad heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Dennis Dawes, has come forward to meet our family in eternal life. Dennis Yvonne Dawes was his most wonderful sister, an accomplished and distinguished actress, mentor and director. She was my best friend and finally a member of my family.”

Doss recently fell into a coma caused by a malignant form of meningitis. Her sister first shared the news of Dawes’ health condition on her Facebook page on August 5.

“I try to keep my spirits high and support those who need it. As many of you know I am a layman. So this is hard for me. I ask for support and prayers for me and my sister, and my only immediate family Denise Dawes,” Trace Dawes wrote. “Her doctors don’t know when she will come out of the coma because she has not been medically induced. She is a vibrant actress and director who must have many years ahead. Thoughts, prayers and support are greatly appreciated.”

Dawes’ acting career stretches back to the 1980s. She is best known for her recent role in Unsafe as therapist, Dr. Rhonda Payne. She also had a recurring role in “Beverly Hills, 90210” as Deputy Director Yvonne Tesley, appearing in 24 episodes of the Fox series.

Born on February 21, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dawes graduated from Norfolk State University before beginning her acting career on screen. Her first credit came in 1989 with a one-episode appearance in the series “Almost There!”

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Dowse’s notable film credits include roles in “Bio-Dome,” “Starship Troopers,” “A Civil Action,” “Ray,” “Coach Carter,” and “The Call.” She has also been a regular guest star across television series for the past 30 years, with appearances in “Seinfield,” “Full House,” “Murphy Brown,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Chicago Hope,” and ER”, “The West Wing”, “House” and “Castle”.

She is survived by her sister Tracy.