Former 'Dynasty' star Kate O'Mara dies at age 74

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Former 'Dynasty' star Kate O'Mara dies at age 74
FILE - 30 MARCH 2014: Former Dynasty British actress Kate OMara, 74, has died on March 30, 2014 in Sussex, England 16th June 1981: Kate O'Mara in costume for her role as Beatrice in the Open Air Theatre production of 'Much Ado About Nothing', at Regents Park, London. (Photo by Gary Stone/Central Press/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: HRH Queen Elizabeth II meets actress Joan Collins (R), singer Shirley Bassey (C) and actress Kate O'Mara (L) at a special 'Celebration of the Arts' event at the Royal Academy of Arts on May 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: HRH Queen Elizabeth II meets actress Joan Collins (R), singer Shirley Bassey (C) and actress Kate O'Mara (L) at a special 'Celebration of the Arts' event at the Royal Academy of Arts on May 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Actress Joan Collins (R), singer Shirley Bassey (C) and actress Kate O'Mara (L) meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to the Royal Academy of Arts in central London, on May 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL /CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)
File photo dated 16/10/90 of former Dynasty star Kate O'Mara who has died at the age of 74, her agent said.
File photo dated 6/10/98 of former Dynasty star Kate O'Mara who has died at the age of 74, her agent said.
File photo dated 8/12/1976 of Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe with Kate O'Mara. The former Dynasty star has died at the age of 74, her agent said.
File photo dated 06/04/1987 of Sylvester McCoy who played the seventh incarnation of the Doctor, with Bonnie Langford (left) as his assistant Mel and Kate O'Mara who plays the character Rani (right), on location at Cloford Quarry near Frome in Somerset as the series Doctor Who approaches its 50th anniversary.
Kate O'Mara appears as Marlene Dietrich in the play 'Lunch With Marlene', at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, north London.
Frank Barrie as Noel Coward and Kate O'Mara as Marlene Dietrich in the play 'Lunch With Marlene', at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, north London.
Frank Barrie as Noel Coward and Kate O'Mara as Marlene Dietrich in the play 'Lunch With Marlene', at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, north London.
Frank Barrie (centre) as Noel Coward and Kate O'Mara as Marlene Dietrich in the play 'Lunch With Marlene', at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, north London.
Kate O'Mara appears as Marlene Dietrich in the play 'Lunch With Marlene', at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, north London.
Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe with the stars of their Christmas special - (l-r) John Thaw, Kate O'Mara and Denis Waterman.
Actress Kate O'Mara, who plays Governess Madame Perrodot
Composite image featuring Kate O'Mara as two versions of Rani, a renegade Time Lord in Doctor Who.
Actress Kate O'Mara during a photocall for Imogen Stubb's new play We Happy Few, held at the Gielgud Theatre, Shafesbury Avenue, central London.
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LONDON (AP) - Actress Kate O'Mara, best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty," has died at the age of 74.

Her agent Phil Belfield said O'Mara died Sunday in a nursing home in southern England after a short illness.

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