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Yates was born in Macon, Georgia, United States. Her most high-profile role was probably in Dynasty as Sarah Curtis. Cassie also appeared in the 1981 made-for-television version of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, as Curley's wife – opposite Robert Blake as George, and Randy Quaid as Lennie. She appeared in various television series, including McMillan & Wife, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, The Bionic Woman, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, Quincy, M.E., Vega$, Simon & Simon, Magnum, P.I., Hotel, Cagney & Lacey, Thirtysomething and Murder, She Wrote.
In 1978, she starred as Laura Coe, a Los Angeles disc jockey, in the movie FM. She also played roles in two films directed by Sam Peckinpah: Convoy (1978), and The Osterman Weekend (1983). Her other film credits include Rolling Thunder (1977), F.I.S.T. (1978), The Evil (1978), St. Helens (1981) and Unfaithfully Yours (1984).
- Rolling Thunder (1977) - Candy
- F.I.S.T. (1978) - Molly
- FM (1978) - Laura Coe
- The Evil (1978) - Mary Harper
- Convoy (1978) - Violet
- St. Helens (1981) - Linda Steele
- The Osterman Weekend (1983) - Betty Cardone
- Unfaithfully Yours (1984) - Carla Robbins
- I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore (1992) - Melinda
- Guns and Lipstick (1995) - Shirley (final film role)
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