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Dallas star Pat Colbert dies aged 77

Former Dallas star Pat Colbert has died aged 77, sources confirmed on Wednesday. 

The actress, best known for her role as Dora Mae in the iconic American drama, had previously suffered three strokes over a ten-year period prior to her death. 

She passed away at home in Compton, Los Angeles, on June 23, with her death confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by her sister, Tami Colbert. 

Colbert also starred alongside Lee Majors in ’80s action series The Fall Guy and American soap opera Capitol, in which she played Cora Mullens. 

Her role in Dallas spanned 67 episodes between 1983 and 1991, with Colbert famously playing Dora Mae, the host and manager of the Dallas Oil Baron’s Club. 

Former Dallas star Pat Colbert has died aged 77, sources confirmed on Wednesday

Former Dallas star Pat Colbert has died aged 77, sources confirmed on Wednesday

The actress, best known for her role as Dora Mae in the iconic American drama, had previously suffered three strokes over a ten-year period prior to her death

The actress, best known for her role as Dora Mae in the iconic American drama, had previously suffered three strokes over a ten-year period prior to her death

The character, who featured on a periodic basis, was never given a prominent storyline but was acknowledged by Dallas fans for her grace, elegance and sense of style. 

Notably, Colbert was the only Afro-American actress to feature on the show during its 13-year history.  

Reflecting on her role, Shaun Chang of the movie and TV blog said: ‘As the only recurring African-American character on the series, Dora Mae never had a storyline, because she never tried to pretend to be anything more than the saga of the Ewing family, but she played the role with elegance and intelligence.’ 

A Los Angeles native, she was born Sandra Patricia Colbert in the southern California city on January 16, 1947 and raised in a property built by her own father, LeRoy. Her mother, Eula, worked in foster care. 

She later attended Centennial High School in Compton before enrolling at junior college and subsequently launching a career in acting and modelling. 

She is survived by her brother Aaron, sisters Johnetta and Tami, and her son, Michael.

She passed away at home in Compton, Los Angeles , on June 23, with her death confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by her sister, Tami Colbert

She passed away at home in Compton, Los Angeles , on June 23, with her death confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by her sister, Tami Colbert