A miscommunication led to erroneous early reports about the 65-year-old actress, known for her roles in “A View to Kill” and “That ’70s Show.” She later died in a hospital.
Who Is Tanya Roberts?
Tanya Roberts, who starred in the 1985 James Bond film “A View to A Kill,” as well as classic TV series “Charlie’s Angels” and “That ’70s Show,” died Monday, a day after her publicist Mike Pingel incorrectly announced the actress’ death.
Roberts’ longtime partner Lance O’Brien told USA TODAY on Tuesday that the actress died Monday night. “I’m devastated,” O’Brien said.
Tanya Roberts Death News
“I can confirm Tanya Roberts passed away last night at 9:30 p.m.,” Pingel told USA TODAY on Tuesday. He said the actress died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she was taken when she collapsed after walking her dogs on Christmas Eve.
In a statement, Pingel said the cause of death stemmed from complications of a urinary tract infection “which spread to her kidney, gallbladder, liver and then bloodstream.”
Tanya Roberts Early Life
Born Victoria Leigh Blum in the Bronx, Roberts dropped out of high school at 15 and hitchhiked around the country.
She eventually returned to New York City and began a career in modeling, stepping into movies with the 1976 horror film “Forced Entry” (later retitled “The Last Victim”).
Tanya Roberts Career
Tanya Roberts starred as Kiri in the 1982 sword-and-sorcery fantasy adventure “The Beastmaster.” In the 1984 fantasy “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle,” Roberts starred as the titular character, a female version of Tarzan.
Shot in Kenya, “Sheena” bombed at the box office and with critics, earning five Golden Raspberry Awards, including worst actress for Roberts. The film would become a campy cult classic.
“The director screwed up everything,” Roberts recalled bluntly in her Dec. 19 fan chat.