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Actress Who Played Sisters To Patsy Stone And Alexis Carrington Has Died

Let’s all raise of glass of Bolli and drink a toast to the terrific character actress Kate O’Mara, who has died at age 74. An exquisite actress who appeared in many BBC dramas including Dr. Who, O’Mara made a splash in America when she portrayed Cassandra, the sister of Joan Collins’ character on the popular ’80s nighttime soap Dynasty. Yet, her best-known work was undoubtedly as Patsy Stone’s viper-tongued sister Jackie in “Happy New Year,” one of the more memorable episodes of the hit Brit-com Absolutely Fabulous.

The role was initially intended for actress Charlotte Rampling, but O’Mara was a sensation as Patsy’s possibly older sister, whose party animal days are long behind her, much to the chagrin of her admiring sibling. The woman had a way with a put-down, such as her dig at Edina’s conservative daughter Saffie. “Never mind, too late to flush her now,” she uttered. And no one who’s watched it can forget Patsy urging her sister to join her and Edina for a night on the town and being silenced with the truth. “Pats, I’m 72,” she admitted to Patsy’s horror.

Watch O’Mara make life miserable for Pats and Eds in a clip from AbFab.

By:           Jeremy Kinser
On:           Mar 31, 2014
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  • 12 Comments
    • ingyaom
      ingyaom

      That’s Stoli-Bolli (and Veuve ‘n’ Bourb).

      Mar 31, 2014 at 5:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zodinsbrother
      Zodinsbrother

      I was lucky enough to meet Kate a few times and she was genuinely lovely.

      Mar 31, 2014 at 5:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PeterPiperBoy
      PeterPiperBoy

      There was a small mistake in the headlines! She didn’t play as Alexis Carrington! She played as the sister of the Alexis Carrington–Caress!!!

      Mar 31, 2014 at 6:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeremy Kinser
      Jeremy Kinser · Queerty Editor

      The headline says she played sisters to Patsy and Alexis.

      Mar 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bobbyjoe
      bobbyjoe

      She’s the subject of my favorite AbFab scene of all time (“Do us all a favor, babe, go out with a bang”). Thank you for the memories, Kate!

      Mar 31, 2014 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickGreenleaf
      DickGreenleaf

      The best part of Jackie revealing that she’s 72 s Patsy stopping to think just how old SHE is. “Take it away and bring me another lover”.

      Mar 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70
      hotshot70

      I first saw Kate as The Rani on Doctor Who. Then on Bad GIrls, and AbFab. I loved her tough, yet beutiful ways. She will be missed!

      Mar 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PeterPiperBoy
      PeterPiperBoy

      @PeterPiperBoy: You’re correct about the headline! Thanks Jeremy!

      Mar 31, 2014 at 9:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      Apparently no one at Queerty is old enough to have actually watched Dynasty. Joan Collins played Alexis Carrington. Kate O’Mara played her sister.

      Queerty FAIL.

      Apr 1, 2014 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeremy Kinser
      Jeremy Kinser · Queerty Editor

      @Spike:
      Spike, what are you talking about? It clearly reads: O’Mara made a splash in America when she portrayed Cassandra, the sister of Joan Collins’ character on the popular ’80s nighttime soap Dynasty.

      Apr 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Beachman
      Beachman

      @Spike: Spike-

      Apparently you are not old enough to actually know how to read…but do know how to make yourself look like a complete moron. The headline in Queerty is correct, and you are not.

      Spike FAIL

      Queerty PASS

      Apr 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • thenameismatt
      thenameismatt

      R.I.P. Jax. This 35 yr old queen only knew you as Patsy’s fabulous sister. “The wives got the houses, not the hookers!” I hope she went out with a BANG! :)

      Apr 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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