Barbara Tarbuck is a character actress who has maintained a full slate of film and television roles for over 30 years in the business. Tarbuck studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright scholarship, before moving to New York to work extensively on stage. In 1978, she began her television career, and over the next few years she earned parts on such classics as the superhero action series "The Incredible Hulk", the soap opera "Dallas", and the frontier western "Little House on the Prairie". In the early 1980s, Tarbuck landed recurring roles on such crime mystery hits as "Quincy, M.E." with Jack Klugman, and "Cagney and Lacey". By 1986, she began appearing in films, most notably the sci-fi comedy "Short Circuit" as Senator Mills. That same year, she would take on the recurring role of Dr. Randall on the successful prime-time soap "Falcon Crest", appearing in seven episodes over the 1986-87 season. Tarbuck's longest-running role would begin 10 years later on a daytime soap, as Jane Jacks on the soap opera institution "General Hospital". Her Jacks character began in 1996, had a peak string of multiple consecutive episodes in 2007, and continued into 2010. On screen, meanwhile, Tarbuck gained modest attention for her role in the action-thriller blockbuster "Walking Tall", as Connie Vaughn, the mother of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Chris Vaughn.