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OTRC: Kate O'Mara dies: Former 'Dynasty' actress was 74

Kate O'Mara appears at the 2013 Chiller Theatre Convention at the Sheraton hotel in Wippany, NEw Jersey on Oct. 25, 2013. She died on March 30, 2014 at age 74 after battling a short illness. (Dave Allocca / Startraksphoto.com)

British actress Kate O'Mara, who played Cassandra "Carress" Morell in the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty," has died age 74.

The British actress passed away on Sunday, March 30, in a nursing home in southern England after a short illness, her agent told the Associated Press. O'Mara is survived by her sister, actress Belinda Carroll.

"Tragic news about Kate O Mara , we had great fun on Dynasty when she played my sister Caress who Alexis insisted on calling CASSIE ! RIP,'" Joan Collins, who played Alexis Colby, O'Mara's character's sister on "Dynasty," said on Twitter.

Aside from "Dynasty," O'Mara is also known for playing The Rani in the original 1980s "Doctor Who" series, Kathrine Laker on the British soap opera "Triangle" and Laura Wilde on the BBC drama series "Howards' Way."

She also played Mrs. Peacock on the British game show "Cluedo," based on the popular mystery board game thatt is known as "Clue" in the United States, and Jackie Stone on the comedy "Absolutely Fabulous."

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