O'Mara, who passed away after a short illness at a nursing
home in the English county of Sussex, played Cassandra 'Caress'
Morrell, the scheming sister of Alexis Colby (Joan Collins) in
Dynasty, a soap opera that centered on the life of the wealthy
and fictional Carrington family in Denver, Colorado.
Phil Belfield, her agent, said O'Mara had been an
"extraordinary" woman whose energy and love for the theatre
would be missed.
"A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by
all who knew and have worked with her," he said.
O'Mara, who once said her glamorous looks had helped drive her
prolific career, began working as an actress in Britain in the
1960s, appearing on stage and in a number of TV shows.
In 1970, she had roles in two Hammer studio horror films. In the
1980s — apart from Dynasty — she starred in an ill-fated BBC
soap opera called "Triangle", which was set aboard a North Sea
ferry. Critics panned it as one of the worst things to be shown
on British TV and it was cancelled after just three series.
O'Mara went on to appear in many other British TV series and
plays. She also wrote two novels and two books touching on her
She is survived by her sister, actress Belinda Carroll.
(Reporting by Andrew Osborn; editing by Angus MacSwan)
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