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      Barbara Tarbuck

      Barbara Tarbuck

      Highest Rated: 61% Short Circuit (1986)

      Lowest Rated: 26% Walking Tall (2004)

      Birthday: Jan 15, 1942

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      Prolific actor Barbara Tarbuck was perhaps best well known for her portrayal of Jane Jacks on the long running soap opera "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963-). Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1942, Tarbuck began her career as a performer at the tender age of nine, when she joined the cast of the children's radio program "Storyland" on her local Detroit station WWJ. She would go on to earn her bachelor's in acting at Wayne State University and a master's in theater from the University of Michigan, before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Scholarship. She eventually moved to New York and launched her professional acting career, performing mostly in regional theater, though she would finally break through to Broadway as an understudy to three separate roles in a 1972 production of "The Crucible." TV work would soon follow, with Tarbuck racking up countless guest appearances on shows like "Lou Grant" (CBS, 1977-1982), "Newhart" (CBS, 1982-1990), "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), and "Police Squad!" (ABC, 1982). Tarbuck would continue to work in theater as well, appearing in the original Broadway cast of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in 1983. She would also take on increasingly prominent TV work, memorably portraying the recurring character of Dr. Randall on "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990). She eventually joined the cast of "General Hospital" in 1996, sticking with the show for fourteen years. She then switched gears and took on the role of Mother Superior Claudia on the massively popular series "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011-) in 2010. Tarbuck would make her final appearance in the comedy "Come Simi" (2015) before she died in 2016. She was 74 years old.

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      Walking Tall

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Horses Becks (Character) - 2013
      26% 59% Walking Tall Connie Vaughn (Character) $45.9M 2004
      No Score Yet 80% The Tulse Luper Suitcases Part 1: The Moab Story Unknown (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 67% Just Ask My Children Marilyn Kniffen (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eye of the Stalker: A Moment of Truth Movie Judge Paula Castanon (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Dora Ferro (Character) - 1993
      61% 67% Short Circuit Sen. Mills (Character) $39.0M 1986

      TV

      Credit
      71% 81% Dexter Sussman's Mother (Guest Star) 2013
      94% 96% Mad Men Hazel Tinsley (Guest Star) 2013
      77% 67% American Horror Story Mother Superior Claudia (Guest Star) 2012-2013
      70% 71% Glee Nancy Bletheim (Guest Star) 2011
      50% No Score Yet Smith Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      65% No Score Yet Close to Home Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 81% CSI: New York Vivian Claven (Guest Star) 2005
      75% 82% Nip/Tuck Mrs. Declan (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Mrs. Donaldson (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 93% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      83% 83% NYPD Blue Barbara Colohan (Guest Star) 2003
      81% 96% Six Feet Under STD Clinic Doctor (Guest Star) 2002
      55% 79% Star Trek: Enterprise Chancellor Kalev (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 84% ER Alice Presley (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Doctors Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Judge Kaplan (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 86% Quantum Leap Esther (Guest Star) 1992
      92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Governor Leka Trion (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She-Wolf of London Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet 100% 21 Jump Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Judge Ruth Loomis (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet 90% The Golden Girls Martha McDowell (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Marie Briggs (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 90% M*A*S*H Maj. Judy Parker (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      90% 88% Police Squad! Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Beth Tomkins (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet 75% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1979