Tanya Roberts dies, Bond Lady & That ’70s Present star was 65
Tanya Roberts, the veteran actress who starred in A View to a Kill and That ’70s Show, has passed away. Roberts was reportedly admitted to Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after she collapsed while walking her dogs on Christmas Eve. Roberts then died on Sunday, and while no cause of death was given, it had nothing to do with Covid-19, nor did Roberts feel sick in the days leading up to her breakdown. She was 65 years old.
“I’m devastated,” said Mike Pingel, Robert’s longtime friend and representative. “She was brilliant and beautiful and I feel like a light was taken away. To say she was an angel would be high on the list. She was the cutest person you have ever met and had a big one Heart. She loved her fans and I don’t think she realized how much she meant to them. “
Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in the Bronx on October 15, 1955. After dropping out of high school at 15, she became a fashion and cover model. By 1974 she had married aspiring screenwriter Barry Roberts and began studying acting at the Actors Studio under the professional name of Tanya Roberts. It wasn’t long before roles began to emerge when Roberts made her film debut in the 1975 horror film Forced Entry.
Roberts saw the potential of her acting career and moved to Hollywood in the late 1970s to quickly secure more film roles. Some of these early credits include parts in Fingers, Tourist Trap, and California Dreaming. She took another hiatus in 1980 when she was cast as a replacement for Shelley Hack by Charlie’s Angels in season 5 and played streetwise fighter Julie Rogers. Soon after, she would take on other film roles in The Beastmaster and Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.
One of Roberts’ greatest roles was opposite Roger Moore as geologist Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film A look at a kill. In later years Roberts would regret taking on the role because he felt it “cursed” her career.
“I felt like every girl who had ever been a Bond girl saw her career going nowhere, so I was a little wary,” Roberts told the Daily Mail in 2015. “I remember saying to my agent, ‘Nobody ever works after they get a Bond movie’ and they said to me, ‘Are you kidding? Glenn Close would if she could. “
Roberts would continue to appear in other films such as Body Slam and Inner Sanctum, but her biggest role would come in 1998 when she was cast on the popular sitcom That 70’s show. She played Midge Pinciotti, mother of Donna (Laura Prepon) and wife of Bob (Don Stark). In 2001, Roberts left the series after her husband became terminally ill, although she made special appearances in 2004. Her husband died of his illness in 2005, and Roberts retired from acting that same year.
Roberts is survived by her partner Lance O’Brien; her sister Barbara; and their beloved pets. Our thoughts go to them during this difficult time. May she rest in peace. That news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
Topics: Obituaries, James Bond, That 70s Show