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.