Tanya Roberts| How Did the Bond Girl and ‘That 70’s Show’ Star Died at 65?

  • AUTHOR: midhat
  • POSTED ON: January 4, 2021

Film and TV actress Tanya Roberts, who starred in “That ’70s show” and several other cult movies, has passed away at age 65.

As per some inside reports including City News, the actress Tanya Robert was hospitalized after having a concussion while she took her dogs for a walk on December 24th. She was taken to Cedar-Sinai Hospital located in Los Angeles, where remained hospitalized since Dec. 24 and died on Sunday, January 3rd 

The cause of death hasn’t been made public yet. Earlier reports suggest that the 70s show actress did not die from COVID-19 complications.  

Mike Pingel, Robert’s close friend and representative, confirmed the death of her passing stating, “I’m devastated. She was brilliant and beautiful and I feel like a light has been taken away. To say she was 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.”

So, how the star died?

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Pingel said the actress was extremely cautious about the pandemic and thoroughly following all the SOPs. She only went out three times during the pandemic, out of which she visited the vet twice for a routine checkup of her beloved dogs, Muttly and Socks.

The actress used to hold weekly online live sessions from her official Facebook account to interact with fans, she last came live on December 19th

Tanya Roberts was born in Victoria Leigh Blum in the Bronx on October 15, 1955. She dropped out of high school when she was 15 and went hitch-hiking across the country. She eventually moved back to New York to start her career as a model and later in movies as an actress. She made her debut in 1976 horror movie “Forced Entry” (later known as the “The Last Victim”).

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She also appeared in the 1984 cult classic, “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle”, playing a titular character and Kiri in 1982’s fantasy adventure movie “The Beastmaster”.

Robert’s most prominent role includes Julie Rogers on ABC’s Charlie’s Angels, where she joined the show in the show’s fifth installment. She was also starred as a Bond girl, playing geologist Stacy Sutton, in 1985’s “A View to a Kill” in Roger Moore’s James Bond.

In 1980, she was starred in an erotic thriller movie “Night Eyes”, Body Slam (an action flick), and Purgatory, a film based on a woman wrongfully incarcerated in Africa.

She was also starred as a mother (ditzy Midge Pinciotti) to Laura Prepon’s Donna (sardonic teenager), in Fox’s That 70’s Show.

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She was part of the show till 2011 when she decided to leave the series to take care of her critically ill husband, Barry Roberts, who later died in 2006. The couple had tied the knot in 1974 after she proposed to him in a subway station. While Barry was pursuing a career as a screenwriter, she resumed her studies at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen under the name Tanya Roberts. The couple did not have any children.

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Roberts’ last screen appearance was in an episode of Barbershop in 2005.

The 65-year-old actress is survived by O’Brien and sister, Barbara Chase.

RIP - Tanya

Updated January 4, 2021
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