Tanya Roberts, James Bond girl and That 70s Show star, passes away at 65 years of age


Tanya Roberts, James Bond girl and That 70s Show star, passes away at 65 years of age

  • The veteran actress collapsed after a walk on Christmas Eve
  • She was hospitalized and put on a ventilator but died on Sunday; family says her death was not related to COVID-19
  • Roberts started as a model before moving into acting, gaining roles in Charlie’s Angels and becoming a ‘Bond girl’ in A View to a Kill
  • Later, the actress played Midge on That 70s Show 

The acting community is in mourning as beloved actress Tanya Roberts, best known as a former Bond girl and star of That 70s Show, has passed away at 65 years of age.

The actress went out for a walk with her dog on Christmas Eve and came home and  suddenly collapsed, according to TMZ. 

Roberts was then taken to a local hospital and put on a ventilator, but she ‘never got better’ and passed away on Sunday, though her death was not related to COVID-19.

R.I.P.: The acting community is in mourning as beloved actress Tanya Roberts, best known as a former Bond girl and star of That 70s Show, has passed away at 65 years of age

Collapsed: The actress went out for a walk with her dog on Christmas Eve and came home and suddenly collapsed, according to TMZ

Collapsed: The actress went out for a walk with her dog on Christmas Eve and came home and suddenly collapsed, according to TMZ 

Mike Pingel, who moderated live Q&A sessions with Roberts for her fans, took to her official Facebook page on Sunday to confirmed she had passed away.

‘I am very sad to have to post this. Yes, Tanya passed away today. I’m heart broken. Mike Pringel,’ he said. 

Before her collapse, sources told TMZ that she seemed ‘perfectly healthy’ and was participating in video chats with her fans. 

Confirmed: Mike Pringel, who moderated live Q&A sessions with Roberts for her fans, took to her official Facebook page on Sunday to confirmed she had passed away

Confirmed: Mike Pringel, who moderated live Q&A sessions with Roberts for her fans, took to her official Facebook page on Sunday to confirmed she had passed away

Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in October 1955 in the Bronx, starting her career as a fashion model in her late teens.

She married Barry Roberts when she was just 19, and started studying to become an actress at The Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen, where she started using her stage name Tanya Roberts.

Roberts made her film debut in 1975’s Forced Entry followed by The Yum Yum Girls in 1976 and The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover in 1977. 

Early days: Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in October 1955 in the Bronx, starting her career as a fashion model in her late teens

Early days: Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in October 1955 in the Bronx, starting her career as a fashion model in her late teens

As Roberts’ screenwriting career started to advance, the couple moved to Los Angeles in 1977, which paid off in a big way three years later.

Roberts was picked over 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth season of Charlie’s Angels, playing Julie Rogers.

She would go on to play the title character in Sheena before she was elevated to ‘Bond girl’ status in 1985’s A View To A Kill.

New Angel: Roberts was picked over 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth season of Charlie's Angels, playing Julie Rogers

New Angel: Roberts was picked over 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth season of Charlie’s Angels, playing Julie Rogers

Sheena: She would go on to play the title character in Sheena before she was elevated to 'Bond girl' status in 1985's A View To A Kill

Sheena: She would go on to play the title character in Sheena before she was elevated to ‘Bond girl’ status in 1985’s A View To A Kill

She played geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in his seventh and final James Bond movie.

Roberts continued to work regularly with roles in films such as Body Slam, Twisted Justice, Purgatory and Legal Tender, written by her husband Barry Roberts, who passed away in 2006.

She returned to the small screen in the late 1990s, playing Rebecca in Hot Line and Midge Pinciotti in the hit Fox series That 70s Show. 

Bond girl: She played geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in his seventh and final James Bond movie

Bond girl: She played geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in his seventh and final James Bond movie

Midge: She returned to the small screen in the late 1990s, playing Rebecca in Hot Line and Midge Pinciotti in the hit Fox series That 70s Show

Midge: She returned to the small screen in the late 1990s, playing Rebecca in Hot Line and Midge Pinciotti in the hit Fox series That 70s Show

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