‘General Hospital’ star Barbara Tarbuck dies at 74

BARBARA TARBUCK: If the portrayal of the Mother Superior Claudia in “American Horror Story: Asylum,” Tarbuck also played Lady Jane Jacks in the daytime soap “General Hospital” for more than a decade. PHOTO: REUTERS

Barbara Tarbuck, best known for her longstanding role as Lady Jane Jacks in General Hospital,” died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease on Monday at her Los Angeles home, her daughter, producer Jennifer Lane Connolly, confirmed to Variety. She was 74.

The Detroit native began her career at the age of nine on the WWJ children’s radio show “Storyland.” She went on to study acting at Wayne State University in Michigan and later at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Scholarship. She moved to New York City after graduation to pursue a career as an actress.

Tarbuck played Lady Jane Jacks, Jax Jacks (played by Ingo Rademacher) mother on the popular ABC soap opera “General Hospital” from 1996 to 2010. She also appeared in five episodes of Ryan Murphy’s hit series “American Horror Story: Asylum” as Mother Superior Claudia. Her other TV credits include “The Waltons,” “Santa Barbara,” “M*A*S*H,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “Dallas,” “The Golden Girls,” “Nip/Tuck” and much more.

In addition, she was seen in movies like “Curly Sue,” “Big Trouble”, “The band That Binds,” “Walking Tall,” “Gone” and “S. Darko.” Tarbuck eventually went to learn acting at UCLA.

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Aside from her daughter, Tarbuck is also survived by her son-in-law, Samuel Chawinga, and two grandsons: Cianan and Cuinn Chawinga.

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