LOS ANGELES (WWJ/AP) — Detroit-native Barbara Tarbuck, a stage and screen actress who played Jane Jacks on “General Hospital” and Mother Superior Claudia on “American Horror Story: Asylum,” has died. She was 74.
The Wayne State and University of Michigan grad moved to New York City to pursue an acting career after finishing school — but Tarbuck started her career in showbiz here at WWJ Newsradio, as a regular on the children’s series “Storyland” that ran for many years on AM-950.
Tarbuck died Monday at her Los Angeles home, said her daughter, producer Jennifer Lane Connolly. Tarbuck suffered from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disorder, a rare, degenerative brain disease, Connolly said Thursday.
Tarbuck was especially proud of her regional and New York theater work, her daughter said, including a role in the original 1980s Broadway production of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Other stage credits included Harold Pinter’s “Landscape and Silence.”
Tarbuck’s films included “Big Trouble” (1986) from director John Cassavetes; “Curly Sue” (1991); and “Walking Tall” (2004).
Besides her work on “General Hospital” over more than a decade, she appeared in dozens of prime-time series including “Dallas,” ”Cagney & Lacey,” ”The Golden Girls,” and “Mad Men.”
Along with WSU and U-M, Tarbuck studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Scholarship, her daughter said.
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