UPDATED: January 4, 2021 13:36 IST
Tanya Roberts, the actress best known for playing a Bond girl opposite Roger Moore’s 007 in A View to a Kill and Midge Pinciotti on That ’70’s Show, has died at the age of 65.
TMZ was told by Tanya’s representative that she was walking her dog on Christmas Eve and collapsed upon returning home. She was then hospitalised and put on a ventilator. The actor died on Sunday.
HOW DID TANYA ROBERTS DIE?
The actress collapsed while she was out walking her dogs on December 24, and was then admitted to Cedar-Sinar Hospital in Los Angeles. Her longtime friend and representative Mike Pingel confirmed her death. It was not COVID-19 related and no cause of death has been given. According to her close friends, the actress was not ill in the days leading up to her death.
Mike told a news agency, “I’m devastated. She was brilliant and beautiful and I feel like a light has been taken away. To say she was an angel would be at the top of the list. She was the sweetest person you’d ever meet and had a huge heart. She loved her fans, and I don’t think she realized how much she meant to them.”
TANYA ROBERTS’ CAREER
Born Victoria Leigh Blum, Tanya Roberts had a career in modeling and appeared in television adverts before entering the world of films with 1975 horror flick Forced Entry. She was also a part of several B movies such as Night Eyes, Inner Sanctum, Legal Tender and Almost Pregnant, among others.
Tanya Roberts’ most notable film role remains the 1985 Bond film A View to a Kill in which she played Stacey Sutton, an American geologist who is targetted by the villain Max Zorin, played by Christopher Walken. She was then seen in the comedy Body Slam in 1987 and the 1990 erotic thriller Night Eyes. Tanya alo starred in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels.
Tanya Roberts was last seen in the Showtime comedy TV show Barbershop in 2005. Her last film was 1994’s Deep Down. She is survived by her partner of 18 years Lance O’Brien, her sister Barbara and her beloved pet animals.