Pull out your gold lamé handkerchief and gracefully wipe the crystal tear drop that is trickling down your cheek. British actress Kate O’Mara, who played Alexis Carrington’s hot scheming sister Cassandra “Caress” Morell in the 6th season of Dynasty, has gone up to the great big luxury penthouse in the sky, and when a jewel from Dynasty dies, a piece of glamour dies and when a piece of glamour dies the world becomes a homelier place.
The Daily Record reports that Kate’s agent issued a statement saying that Kate died this morning at a nursing home in Sussex after being sick for a short time. Kate was 74. Kate was a regular on the 80s British soap opera Howards’ Way, was a villainess in Doctor Who and played Patsy’s equally as glamorous rival/sister in AbFab (Why didn’t she get ALL the awards for that?), but disciples of 80s opulence know her best as Alexis’ sister who gets out of prison in Caracas and comes to Denver to destroy Alexis by exposing all her secrets in a tell-all! But because Alexis is the baddest bitch in Denver, she stomps on “Cassie’s” schemes by buying the publishing house that’s going to publish her sister’s book. Joan Collins paid tribute to Kate O’Mara on Twitter:
Tragic news about Kate O Mara , we had great fun on Dynasty when she played my sister Caress who Alexis insisted on calling CASSIE ! RIP
— Joan Collins (@joancollinsobe) March 30, 2014
Here’s an Emmy Award-worthy scene between Caress and Alexis, dahling! That bitchface duel between these two glamorous cheetahs at the end of the clip made me fall back, and Alexis taking a drag of that cigarette made me get up and fall again.
Rest in peace, Kate O’Mara. You are now with the angels showing them how glamour is really done.
And if you want to choke on massive amounts of sophistication and charisma, here’s pictures of Kate O’Mara throughout the years including pictures of her as Marlene Dietrich.