Tanya Roberts, Bond Girl and ‘That ‘70s Show’ Star, Dies at 65

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Actress Tanya Roberts has died at the age of 65, TMZ reports. Roberts, a former Bond girl, was best known as Roger Moore’s love interest in the 1985 classic A View to a Kill and for her recurring role as Midge Pinciotti on That ’70s Show.

According to her representative, Roberts suddenly collapsed after taking her dogs for a walk on Christmas Eve. She was taken to the hospital and put on a ventilator, but did not improve. TMZ reports that she died on Sunday, January 3. Roberts’ cause of death has yet to be determined — the actress “appeared perfectly healthy” in the days leading up to her collapse, the outlet repots — but it is not believed to be related to COVID-19.

Born Victoria Leigh Blum in the Bronx, Roberts made her film debut in 1975 horror film Forced Entry. She appeared in various TV movies and films over the next few years before breaking out in the fifth season of Charlie’s Angels, in which she replaced Shelley Hack, in 1980. The series was canceled a year later, but it provided Roberts a launch pad to more high-profile projects, including 1982 adventure fantasy The Beastmaster and Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, and B-movies like Sins of DesireNight Eyes, and Almost Pregnant.

In 1985, Roberts made herself known to a wider audience as geologist Stacey Sutton in Bond film A View to a Kill, in which she starred opposite Roger Moore. The action-adventure was a box office success, grossing more than $50 million domestically.

Roberts continued to act throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and in 1998, she landed the role of Midge Pinciotti, the mother of Donna (Laura Prepon), in sitcom That ’70s Show. Roberts appeared in almost 80 episodes of the sitcom from 1998 to 2001, when she left after her first husband, Barry Roberts, was diagnosed with an illness. She returned for a few episodes as a guest star in 2004, but did not appear in the comedy’s final season.

Rest in peace, Tanya Roberts. You will be missed.

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