The following is a letter to the press from Los Angeles publicist Philip Sokoloff:
Actress, Director, and Teacher Barbara Tarbuck passed away at the age of 74 on December 26th, 2016, after suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Her last work as a director was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. The Cast is so grateful for her talent, wisdom and inspiring direction and remembers her as a wonderful friend and colleague.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will return to the stage on January 28th for a limited engagement until March 12th to honor and celebrate Barbara.
The talented and respected actress appeared on the fourth series of American Horror Story as Mother Superior in the Asylum season, but is most known for playing Lady Jane Jacks on ABC’s General Hospital from 1996 to 2010 as well as Star Trek. She’s also made appearances Cagney & Lacey, Santa Barbara, The Golden Girls, The Waltons, Dallas, M*A*S*H, Glee, and Mad Men. Meanwhile, she was seen on the big screen in movies such as Curly Sue (1991), The Tie That Binds (1995) and Walking Tall (2004). Tarbuck also stepped onto the stage with Broadway roles in Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Water Engine, and she regularly appeared in regional theater.
For the last few years, she had been teaching acting at UCLA.
Before directing Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike she wrote and starred in her own one-woman play, Stopping By, at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. “Teaching and acting and directing all feed one another in me,” Tabuck wrote on her personal website. “ I am as stimulated and questioned by the young people in my life as I am by new material or a famous director’s notes. On stage, before the camera, and in the classroom are the questions, demands, disappointments, delights that feed my soul. Mine is a life of continual change and upheaval. It is freedom and renewal and an underlying belief in the strength and dignity of human expression.”
Ms. Tarbuck was predeceased by her husband, James Denis Connelly, who died in 2005, and is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Lane Connolly, son-in-law Samuel Chawinga and grandsons Cianan and Cuinn Chawinga.
Barbara will be greatly missed!