The new year may have just gotten off the ground, but the entertainment world is already mourning the loss of one of its own. TMZ reports former Charlie’s Angel and Bond girl Tanya Roberts has died at the age of 65. A rep for Roberts told TMZ she collapsed after she went for a walk with her dog on Christmas Eve. She was hospitalized and put on a ventilator, but never recovered. In reporting her passing, TMZ also said she appeared healthy in the days before the collapse, and the death was reportedly not related to COVID-19.
Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in the Bronx, New York. She dropped out of high school when she was just 15, according to NNDB, got married, and hitchhiked across the U.S. until her then mother-in-law had the marriage annulled. She met her next husband, Barry Roberts when she was in line to watch a movie and they were married a few months later, after she proposed to him in a subway station. Before her big break, Roberts was best known for her work as a model for brands like Clairol and headache reliever Excedrin (via Showbiz Cheat Sheet).
Tanya Roberts was at her peak in the '70s and '80s
Depending on when you were born and what shows you might have been addicted to, you might remember actress Tanya Roberts who, at her peak, played a Bond girl in A Vew to a Kill alongside Roger Moore. Perhaps you remember her as Julie Rogers in the 1970s classic Charlie’s Angels, or more recently as Midge Pinciotti in That ’70s Show (via IMDb). TMZ also credits Roberts for her appearances in 1980s fantasy flicks like Sheena and The Beastmaster.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet says Tanya Roberts left her last regular gig, That ’70s Show to take care of Barry, who she remained married to from 1974 until his passing in 2006. TMZ reports that Roberts is survived by her current husband Lance, and her sister Barbara.
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