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Barbara Tarbuck, the actress most known for her long-running role in General Hospital, and more recently her part in American Horror Story: Asylum, has sadly passed away at the age of 74.

Tarbuck's daughter, Jennifer Lane Connolly, confirmed that her mother died at her family home on Monday after suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare degenerative brain disorder.

A screen actor since the late 70s, Tarbuck's love affair with acting began when she was just nine years old, when the Detriot-native began working on the WWJ children's radio show Storyland.

After studying and earning her Bachelors and Master's degrees in Theatre at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, and touring with he university theater companies, she later began her PhD at Indiana University before being granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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Following a move to New York, Tarbuck appeared on Broadway, as well as landing the role which made her most well known to wider audiences, Lady Jane Jacks on General Hospital, a role she played from 1996 until 2010.

In 2012 Tarbuck appeared in : Asylum, the second season of Ryan Murphy's hit FX series. Tarbuck played the kindly nun, Mother Superior Claudia, for five episodes, appearing opposite Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson. Additionally over the years Tarbuck has popped up in many TV series including The Waltons, Falcon Crest, Santa Barbara, M*A*S*H, Dallas, The Golden Girls, Glee and Mad Men.

Not restricted to just TV acting, Tarbuck also had parts in film such as Short Circuit, Big Trouble, Curly Sue, The Tie That Binds, Walking Tall and S. Darko. She also taught acting at UCLA, and most recently performed her own one-woman show Stopping By, which told the story of a woman's experience taking her husband ashes to Burning Man festival.

Barbara Tarbuck is survived by her daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Samuel and two grandsons Cianan and Cuinn. Our thoughts are with her family.

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Jessica Lange and Tarbuck in AHS: Asylum [FX]
Jessica Lange and Tarbuck in AHS: Asylum [FX]

Source: Variety


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