“Dynasty” Star Kate O’Mara Dies At 71

Published on: March 31, 2014
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Kate O'Mara

Actress Kate O’Mara – best known for her role as Cassandra Morrell on TV blockbuster “Dynasty” – passed away in nursing home in Sussex, England on Sunday. O’Mara was 74 at the time of her passing.

In a statement from O’Mara’s agent, Phil Belfield, it was revealed that she died after a “short illness”.  Belfield added that “a shining star has gone out.”.

O’Mara began her television career in the 1960s, and became a household name in the 1980s on the legendary series “Dynasty”, where she played opposite Joan Collins, as Alexis Colby's scheming sister Cassandra "Caress" Morrell.

But O’Mara was no one-trick pony, with a rich career that included appearances in the original run of British series “Doctor Who,” the BBC drama “Howards' Way” and Britcom “Absolutely Fabulous”.

O’Mara’s film work included two Hammer Studio horror films: “The Vampire Lovers” and “The Horror of Frankenstein”.

In 2012 O’Mara appeared in a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile.

O’Mara is survived by her sister, actress Belinda Carroll.