Tanya Roberts: Sheena, Bond Girl, Angel & ‘That ’70’s Show’ Star Has Died

Tanya Roberts. Photo credit: David Edwards

 

Tanya Roberts, 65, best known for playing a Bond girl in A View to a Kill and Midge Pinciotti on That ’70’s Show, has been hospitalized after falling at her home. The actor had mistakenly been reported dead by her publicist earlier Sunnday morning — and now she has in fact died, according to reports.

 

Her partner of 15 years, Lance O’Brien, told both TMZ and Fox News that he got a call from one of Roberts’s doctor’s on Monday night at about 9 p.m. PT saying that she had died. She had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since Dec. 24 when she collapsed at her home.

 

 

American actress Tanya Roberts (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Getty Images)

 

 

Pingel said Robert’s husband, Lance O’Brien, told him that he held his wife and she “seemed for him to slip away.”

No cause of death had been given but Roberts was not ill in the days leading up to her death.

 

 

 

Roberts’ most notable major film role was in the 1985 Bond film A View to a Kill. The film, which was to be Roger Moore’s last outing as 007, saw Roberts play Stacey Sutton, an American geologist who becomes a target of villain Max Zorin played by Christopher Walken.

 

 

After A View to a Kill, Roberts’ other notable film credits were the Roddy Piper-led comedy Body Slam in 1987 and the 1990 erotic thriller Night Eyes.

As well as film, Roberts found success in television. After small roles in telefilms, she won the coveted role of playing an Angel in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels. Roberts replaced Shelley Hack, appearing as Julia Rogers in the fifth and final season of the show in 1980. She also appeared in episodes of Fantasy Island and Love Boat.

 

Her television career ramped up in the 90s just as the movie roles dried up. Modern audiences will remember her for a recurring supporting role in Fox’s That ’70’s Show, in which she played Midge Pinciotti, Donna’s dim-witted mother.

 

Multiple media outlets, including the AP, reported Roberts’ death. The AP removed its obituary and sent an advisory noting that the actor was still alive. Bleeding Fool initially published an article reporting Roberts’ death also.

The entire staff at Bleeding Fool Media, LLC offers our sincerest condolences to her family, friends, loved ones, and fans

 

 

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