Carol Higgins Clark, an actress in several television movies and best-selling author of the Regan Reilly series, passed away on June 12. She was 66.
Her family told The New York Times that she died in Los Angeles after a battle with appendicitis.
The daughter of best-selling suspense author Mary Higgins Clark, who died in 2020 at the age of 92, Clark was born on July 28, 1956 in New York City. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 1978, she went on to study acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
It was later that she found her way to becoming an author. Some of her most successful novels centered around private detective Regan Reilly, including decked out, which was nominated in 1992 for the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Several books in the series have also been made into TV movies, in which she appeared.
She also co-wrote several Christmas-themed novels with her late mother. When not writing, Clark took on roles in a number of television movies based on her mother’s books, including The cradle will fall, While my beautiful sleeps And A scream in the night. She also appeared in Cover the hallways, The Mysterious Cruise And My gal Sunday.
In 2016, Clark was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Her mother, who had been ordained earlier in 2011, introduced her at the ceremony.
She is survived by her siblings, Marilyn, Warren and David Clark. Another sister, Patricia, died before her.
According to her obituary shared online, a vigil is scheduled for Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City. A funeral mass will be held the following day at 10:30 am at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer.