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Kate O'Mara Dies: 'Dynasty' Star, British TV Veteran Was 74

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By Newsmax Wires   |   Monday, 31 Mar 2014 07:37 AM

Kate O'Mara, the British actress who rose to fame on the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty," died over the weekend. She was 74.

Agent Phil Belfield told The Associated Press that O'Mara died in a nursing home in southern England Sunday after a short illness.

The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, became a household name for playing Cassandra "Caress" Morrell, sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, in "Dynasty."

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In Britain she is often remembered for her role in "Triangle" — a soap opera set aboard a North Sea ferry that is often cited as the worst piece of British television.

She also appeared in the original run of British series "Doctor Who" and BBC drama "Howards' Way." In the 1990s she starred in the comedy show "Absolutely Fabulous" with Joanna Lumley.

More recently she appeared in a 2012 stage adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile."

She is survived by her sister, actress Belinda Carroll.

Many of O'Mara's former costars and colleagues mourned her passing on Twitter.

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