Tanya Roberts, Bond Girl and ‘That ’70’s Show’ Star, Dies at 65

She also starred in the fifth and final season of ABC’s ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and appeared in the cult movies ‘The Beastmaster,’ ‘Body Slam’ and ‘Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.’

Tanya Roberts, the actress finest known for taking part in a Bond girl in A View to a Kill and Midge Pinciotti on That ’70’s Show, has died. She was 65.

The actress collapsed while out walking her dogs on Dec. 24 and was admitted to Cedar-Sinar Hospital in Los Angeles. She died on Sunday her longtime pal and rep Mike Pingel told The Hollywood Reporter. It was not COVID-19 related, no cause of demise has been given but Roberts was not ill in the days leading up to her demise.

“I’m devastated. She was brilliant and beautiful and I really feel like a light has been taken away. To say she was an angel could be on the high of the checklist. She was the sweetest individual you’d ever meet and had a huge heart. She cherished her fans, and I do not think she realized how a lot she meant to them,” Pingel told THR.

Born Victoria Leigh Blum, Roberts had a career modeling and appearing in tv adverts before turning to movie performing in 1975 with the horror flick Forced Entry. She had quite a lot of roles in movies that would later have a cult following including the 1977 comedy Racquet and the 1982 fantasy epic The Beastmaster. She was additionally the lead in Columbia Pictures’ 1984 journey film Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, a feminine model of the Tarzan story that regardless of its reported $25 million finances was an enormous flop on the field workplace, although it went on to realize cult standing.

Roberts’ most notable main movie position was within the 1985 Bond movie A View to a Kill. The movie, which was to be Roger Moore’s final outing as 007, noticed her play Stacey Sutton, an American geologist who becomes a goal of villain Max Zorin performed by Christopher Walken.

Despite the global media consideration that follows each Bond launch, her film career did not take off as she had hoped and in interviews lately, Roberts has discussed the so-called “curse” of being a Bond woman earlier than she accepted the position. “I form of felt like each woman who’d ever been a Bond woman had seen their profession go nowhere, so I used to be a bit of cautious,” Roberts instructed the Daily Mail in 2015. “I keep in mind I said to my agent, ‘Nobody ever works after they get a Bond film’ they usually said to me, ‘Are you kidding? Glen Shut would do it if she might,” she added.

After A View to a Kill, her different notable film credits had been the Roddy Piper-led comedy Physique Slam in 1987 and the 1990 erotic thriller night Eyes

As well as film, Roberts found success in tv. After small roles in telefilms, she received the coveted position of taking part in an Angel in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels. Roberts replaced Shelley Hack, showing as Julie Rogers within the fifth and closing season of the present in 1980. She also appeared in episodes of Fantasy Island and Love Boat.

Her tv career ramped up within the 90s simply as the film roles dried up. Trendy audiences will keep in mind her for a recurring supporting position in Fox’s That ’70’s Present, wherein she performed Midge Pinciotti, Donna’s dim-witted mom.

Although her final notable tv credit score was in Showtime’s Barbershop: The Collection in 2005, Roberts loved a loyal following and spent a great deal of time instantly speaking with followers, together with a collection of dwell chats during the pandemic.

Roberts is survived by her companion of 18 years Lance O’Brien, her sister Barbara and her beloved pet animals.

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