Barbara Tarbuck

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Barbara Tarbuck
Born(1942-01-15)January 15, 1942
DiedDecember 26, 2016(2016-12-26) (aged 74)
Other namesBarbra Tarbuck
Barbara J. Tarbuck
Alma materWayne State University
University of Michigan
Years active1978–2016
Spouse(s)James Denis Connolly (1980-2005; his death)

Barbara Tarbuck (January 15, 1942 – December 26, 2016) was an American film, television, and stage actress from Detroit, Michigan, best known for her role as "Lady Jane Jacks" in General Hospital.


Tarbuck was born in Detroit, Michigan.[1] From the ages of 9-13, Tarbuck performed as a regular on the children's series Storyland, which aired on the Detroit AM Radio Station WWJ.[2][3] From there, she learned acting skills from veteran actors from radio shows as The Lone Ranger, The Shadow and The Green Hornet.[4]

Tarbuck attended Cooley High School and Wayne State University.[1] Upon winning the Eva Woodbridge Victor Scholarship, she finished her Bachelors in 1963.[2] While in college, she participated in the production of Where's Charley, which toured through Europe. She also earned her Master's Degree in Theatre from the University of Michigan.[1] She then went to Indiana University to work as the lead actress in their inaugural theatre touring company season.[1]

She began to work on her PhD and taught beginning acting. While at Indiana University, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[2][4] She then moved to New York City to pursue her acting career in stage, film, and television productions. In her later career, alongside her acting roles, she taught acting at UCLA.[1]

She married James Denis Connolly in 1980; he died in 2005.[5] They had one child, Jennifer Lane Connolly, who is currently a documentary producer.[1]

Tarbuck had the neurodegenerative Creutzfeldt–Jakob disorder. She died due to complications of the disease in her Los Angeles home on December 26, 2016 at the age of 74.[1][4]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Night-Flowers Arlene
1986 Short Circuit Sen. Mills [3]
1986 Big Trouble Helen [3]
1990 The Death of the Incredible Hulk Amy Pratt
1991 Curly Sue Mrs. Arnold [3]
1993 Midnight Witness Lucy
1995 The Tie That Binds Jean Bennett [3]
2002 The Legend of Razorback Mirna Small
2003 Tulse Luper Suitcases: The Moab Story Ma Fender [6]
2004 Walking Tall Connie Vaughn [3]
2007 Gone Cassandra Windemere [6]
2008 Wednesday Again Rose
2009 S. Darko Agatha [6]
2014 Postcard from the Palace Archduchess Paula
2015 Come Simi Lisa (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Waltons Saleslady Episode: "The Parting"[1]
1979 The Incredible Hulk 3rd Nurse 2 episodes
1979 Charlie's Angels Frau Himbeere Episode: "Rosemary, For Remembrance"[3]
1979 Dallas Agnes 3 episodes[3]
1980 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Marion Episode: "Lost in Death Valley"
1980 Knots Landing Sales clerk Episode: "Courageous Convictions"
1981 Little House on the Prairie Beth Tomkins Episode: "The Lost Ones - Part 2"[7]
1982 M*A*S*H Maj. Judy "Parallel" Parker Episode: "Run for the Money"[1]
1982 Police Squad! Mrs. Twice Episode: "A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)"[1]
1982 Newhart Ms. Fletcher Episode: "No Tigers at the Circus"[7]
1982–1986 Dynasty Dr. Holton 2 episodes
1983 St. Elsewhere Agnes Najinksy Episode: "All About Eve"
1983 Cagney & Lacey Mrs. Grady Episode: "Hopes and Dreams"[3]
1985 The Twilight Zone Sarita Rosenthal Episode: "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty"[7]
1985 Cagney & Lacey Thelma Samuels 2 episodes[3]
1986–1987 Falcon Crest Dr. Randal 7 episodes[1]
1987 The Golden Girls Martha McDowell Episode: "To Catch a Neighbor"[3]
1987 Knots Landing Mrs. Schumacher Episode: "Missing Persons"
1988 Hunter Judge Ruth Loomis Episode: "Boomerang"
1989 L.A. Law Dr. Nagel Episode: "His Suit Is Hirsute"
1989 Moonlighting Maddie's Classmate Episode: "Eine Kleine Nacht Murder "
1989 21 Jump Street Judge Irene Pagota Episode: "Come from the Shadows"
1990 The Outsiders Tim's mother Episode: "Only the Lonely"
1990 Dragnet Martha Episode: "Copy Cat"
1990 Santa Barbara Sister Allegra 9 episodes[1]
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Governor Leka Trion Episode: "The Host"[7]
1991–1992 Civil Wars Unknown 2 episodes
1992 Quantum Leap Esther Episode: "Roberto! - January 27, 1982"[7]
1992 Picket Fences Myra Episode: "Remembering Rosemary"
1996–2010 General Hospital Lady Jane Jacks 41 episodes[3]
1997 The Practice Judge Emily Strong Episode: "Part V"
1999 ER Alice Presley Episode: "Choosing Joi"
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Paige Harmon 2 episodes[7]
2001 Judging Amy Dr. Cody Episode: "Hold on Tight"[1]
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Chancellor Kalev Episode: "Shadows of P'Jem"[1]
2002 Six Feet Under STD Clinic Doctor Episode: "In the Game"[7]
2003 NYPD Blue Barbara Colohan 3 episodes[7]
2003 Without a Trace Unknown 2 episodes
2003 Cold Case Helen Holtz Episode: "A Time to Hate"[7]
2004 NCIS Mrs. Donaldson Episode: "UnSEALeD"
2004 Nip/Tuck Mrs. Declan Episode: "Naomi Ganes"[3]
2005 Medium Carol Waller Smith Episode: "Time Out of Mind"
2005 CSI: NY Vivian Claven Episode: "Dancing with the Fishes"[7]
2007 Journeyman Grandmother Vasser Episode: "Home by Another Way"
2010 Glee Nancy Bletheim Episode: "The Purple Piano Project"[3]
2012–2013 American Horror Story: Asylum Mother Superior Claudia 5 episodes[3]
2013 Mad Men Hazel Tinsley Episode: "The Doorway, Part 2"[3]
2013 Dexter Sussman's mother Episode: "Every Silver Lining..."[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Landscape and Silence [3]
1978 The Water Engine [6]
1984 Brighton Beach Memoirs Kate Jerome [3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Barbara Tarbuck, 'General Hospital' and 'American Horror Story' Actress, Dies at 74".
  2. ^ a b c "Barbara Tarbuck – Actor-Writer-Teacher". Archived from the original on 2016-12-29. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Maslow, Nick (December 30, 2016). "General Hospital and AHS actress Barbara Tarbuck dies at 74". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Elber, Lynn (December 30, 2016). "Barbara Tarbuck of 'General Hospital' dies at 74". Associated Press. Retrieved December 30, 2016 – via Chicago Tribune.
  5. ^ Brounstein, Diane (December 30, 2016). "GH's Lady Jane – Actress Barbara Tarbuck – Dead at 74". Soap Hub. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Roshanian, Arya (December 30, 2016). "Barbara Tarbuck, 'General Hospital' and 'American Horror Story' Actress, Dies at 74". Variety. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Barbara Tarbuck - Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved December 30, 2016.

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