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Tanya Roberts, 'A View To A Kill' and 'That 70s Show' star, dies at 65

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
·3-min read

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Actress Tanya Roberts, star of movies like A View To A Kill and US sitcom That 70s Show, has died at the age of 65.

According to reports on TMZ, she collapsed on Christmas Eve after walking her dogs.

She was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital, where she was put on a ventilator, but her condition did not improve and she died yesterday.

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TMZ adds that it's not believed that her death was COVID-19 related, and she was not ill in the days prior.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Actress Tanya Roberts arrives for the 23rd Annual Night Of 100 Stars Black Tie Dinner Viewing Gala held at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Tanya Roberts (Credit: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

“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 realised how much she meant to them,” her representative and friend Mike Pingel told The Hollywood Reporter.

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 14:  CHARLIE'S ANGELS - "Island Angels" - Season Five - 12/14/80 Julie (Tanya Roberts) and Bosley pose as a reporter and photographer, Kelly assists a police lieutenant , and Kris is a bartender as the Angels go undercover at a Hawaiian resort to find an assassin's cohort.  (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
CHARLIE'S ANGELS - "Island Angels" - Season Five - Julie (Tanya Roberts) and Bosley pose as a reporter and photographer. (Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

Born Victoria Leigh Blum in New York, she began a modelling career as a teenager, before moving into off-Broadway productions after studying at the iconic Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen.

She made her movie debut in the 1975 horror movie Forced Entry, alongside Carrie and Robocop star Nancy Allen, before taking on the role of Julie Rogers for the fifth season of Charlie's Angels in 1980, replacing the departing Shelley Hack on the show.

Roger Moore entoure de Tanya Roberts et Grace Jones sur le plateau du tournage du film 'Dangereusement vôtre' (A view to a kill) mis en scene par John Glen le 16 aout 1984 en France. (Photo by Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Roger Moore with Tanya Roberts and Grace Jones in A View To A Kill (Credit: Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Roberts then went on to play Kiri in Don Coscarelli's cult fantasy The Beastmaster in 1982, followed by roles in movies like fantasy movies Hearts and Armour and Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, though the latter earned her Razzie nomination at the time.

In 1985, she starred opposite Roger Moore's 007 in A View To A Kill, playing geologist and whistle-blower Stacey Sutton, who locked horns with Christopher Walken's maniacal industrialist Max Zorin.

Actress Tanya Roberts on the set of "View To Kill". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Tanya Roberts on the set of "View To Kill". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

She was perhaps best known for her work on TV, however, having notched up roles in shows like Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and Burke's Law.

In 1998, she began a long-running role as Midge Pinciotti in That 70s Show, alongside emerging talents like Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Laura Prepon.

THAT '70S SHOW - Top row L-R: Wilmer Valderrama, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon. Center L-R: Don Stark, Tanya Roberts, Mila Kunis, Lisa Robin Kelly, Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith.  (Photo by FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)
Wilmer Valderrama, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Don Stark, Tanya Roberts, Mila Kunis, Lisa Robin Kelly, Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith in That 70s Show (Credit: FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)

Initially portrayed as the ditzy, hippy mom, and subject of the teen fantasies of Topher Grace’s Eric and his friends, she later became something a feminist role model.

She left the show in 2001, after her husband, screenwriter Barry Roberts, who she had met and married while studying acting in New York in 1974, became ill.

He died in 2006.

Coscarelli, who directed her in The Beastmaster, is among those who have paid tribute.

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