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Dynasty actress Kate O’Mara died on Sunday at a southern England nursing home. She was 74.
Kate O'Mara Dies
Mara passed away following a brief illness, according to her agent, Phil Belfield, reported Variety.
After falling ill earlier this month, O’Mara had tweeted a thank you message to her followers that were concerned over her health.
Hello all - thank you so much for your kind tweets. It's both humbling and completely overwhelming to read all of your messages. Much Love x
— Kate O'Mara (@KateOmara_) March 17, 2014
During the 80s, O’Mara, in one of her best-known roles, starred in Dynasty as Cassandra “Caress” Morell. Caress was the sister of Joan Collins’ character Alexis Colby. The popular show, which won five Golden Globes during its nine seasons, also starred John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Gordon Thomson.
Upon learning of O’Mara’s death, Collin’s took to Twitter to express »
British actress Kate O’Mara, who was known to many Americans during the 1980s as Joan Collins’ sister Cassandra Morell on ABC‘s Dynasty, died in Sussex, England this morning. She was 74. A TV vet since the 1960s with credits that included such cult British shows as The Saint and The Avengers, O’Mara was coveted for her portrayal of alluring, pungent personalities, such as The Rani in Doctor Who from 1985-86 and the ruthless businesswoman Laura Wilde in the BBC drama Howards’ Way. Born in Leicester, UK, O’Mara was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge (The Family Way) and John Carroll. Originally, O’Mara pursued a career as a speech therapist, but she caught the acting bug and made her stage debut at 24 in a production of The Merchant of Venice. After breaking in TV, O’Mara caught the attention of Hammer Studios which cast her in the »
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The daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and Raf flying instructor John F Carroll, O'Mara followed a stint at boarding school with enrolment at art school, before achieving her goal of becoming a full-time actress.
Making her stage debut in a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in 1963, O'Mara soon moved into the popular world of television. Throughout the '60s, she appeared in such iconic series as Danger Man, The Champions, The Saint, The Avengers and Z-Cars.
Moving into the 1970s, O'Mara also found success on the big screen – starring in two Hammer Horror outings, The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein – but it was a return to television for BBC drama The Brothers that made her a household name.
Playing the leading role of tough businesswoman Jane Maxwell, »
Voluptuous vampire vixens, undead slaves, cobra-women, grisly murders and creepy aliens. Yes, Hammer heaven continues throughout March as the UK’s number one TV destination for all things horror brings you five more Hammer horror double-bills, which broadcast from Sat March 1st – Sat March 29th from 9.00pm on the Horror Channel!
Sat 1 March @ 21:00 – The Plague Of The Zombies (1966)
Directed by John Gilling, this is Hammer’s sole foray into the Zombie genre and centres on a mad Cornish squire who solves a labour crisis in his tin mines by turning local villagers into voodoo-controlled zombies. Dr. Thompson (Brook Williams) and his daughter Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) soon discover the unpleasant nocturnal habits of the shambling undead slaves, and Sir James Forbes (André Morell) arrives to investigate.
Sat 1 March @ 22:45 – Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)
Considered one of the last great Hammer films, this swash-buckling vampire yarn, features a master swordsman, a »
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