‘General Hospital,’ ‘American Horror Story’ Actress Barbara Tarbuck Passes Away At 74

Longtime General Hospital actress Barbara Tarbuck has passed away according to her daughter, producer Jennifer Lane Connolly. Tarbuck was 74 years old and died on December 26 after a battle with a rare neurological disease known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disorder. News of the General Hospital alum’s death spread slowly on Thursday following the more publicized deaths of actress Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds along with pop star George Michael.

Barbara Tarbuck was on General Hospital from 1996 to 2010, playing the character of Lady Jane Jacks, the mother of Jasper Jacks. Tarbuck’s character only appeared in 41 episodes of General Hospital over the course of that period. Along with General Hospital, Barbara also appeared for a short time in the soap opera Santa Barbara.

According to NBC News, Barbara Tarbuck began her career at the age of 9 on the radio show Storyland. Acting on Storyland until the age of 13, Tarbuck was able to glean lots of tricks of the trade from fellow voice actors of shows like The Lone Ranger. Barbara went on to study acting at Wayne State University and was a Fulbright Scholarship recipient who attended the London of Music and Dramatic Arts.

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Barbara Tarbuck who had roles on 'General Hospital' and 'American Horror Story' passed away Monday at the age of 74. [Image by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP Images.]

Barbara Tarbuck joins the ever-growing list of celebrity deaths for the year 2016. The sudden deaths of actors Carrie Fisher, Alan Thicke, Garry Shandling, and more have put many film and television fans on edge as they brace themselves for news of the next celebrity to go. Though Tarbuck’s acting resume is lengthy with many bit roles going back to the 1970s, her most prominent role was on General Hospital.

Tarbuck’s contribution to General Hospital may not be as substantial as Anthony Geary or Genie Francis, but Barbara’s acting career spanned multiple decades and Tarbuck emerged as a frequent guest star on several other notable shows including NYPD Blue, Nip/Tuck, NCIS, Dexter, and Glee. More recently, Tarbuck had the recurring role of Mother Superior Claudia on American Horror Story: Asylum.