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Tanya Roberts, Bond Girl and Charlie’s Angel, Dies One Day After Premature Announcement | Movie


Tanya Roberts, the glamorous actress who starred opposite Roger Moore in the 1985 Bond film A View to a Kill, has died at 65, it was reported. Roberts’ death had been mistakenly announced by his representative Mike Pingel on Sunday, prompting several news organizations, including The Guardian, to report it, before a retraction was issued a day later.

Now Roberts partner Lance O’Brien is reported having said that staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles informed him that Roberts died Monday night. O’Brien had allegedly wrongly reported Pingel of his death on Sunday, leading to inaccurate media reports.

The Sun quoted O’Brien saying Roberts died of an unspecified illness that began with a urinary tract infection and subsequently affected his kidneys, liver and gallbladder. He also said that Roberts had collapsed at his home in Los Angeles.

O’Brien said she believed Roberts had died Sunday after visiting her in hospital, and told Pingel, who announced it to the media. However, while it was being filmed by the TV show Inside EditionO’Brien received a call Monday from the hospital saying Roberts was alive.

Cedars-Sinai Hospital has not commented, citing patient confidentiality.

Roberts’s best-known film role was in A View to a Kill, where she played geologist Stacey Sutton, Bond’s main love interest and a key ally in the battle against Christopher Walken’s industrial villain, Max Zorin. By then he had solidified his on-screen appeal by appearing in the 1980-81 season of the detective series Charlie’s Angels, replacing Shelley Hack as one of the three main characters.

Born Victoria Leigh Blum, Roberts built a modeling career before moving to Hollywood with her husband, screenwriter Barry Roberts. He landed a number of small roles, including the 1978 James Toback drama Fingers and Tourist Trap. After winning the role of Charlie’s Angels, her profile rose, and she was cast as the Kiri slave in the fantasy horror cult The Beastmaster (1982) and as the lead role in the Tarzan-style adventure Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, released in 1984 and which has also become a cult film despite its disastrous initial reception.

Roberts didn’t like the “Bond girl” label, telling the Daily Mail that he pigeonholed her as a “glamorous silly aunt” and that “the reason most Bond girls don’t pursue careers [is] because people just don’t take them seriously. ” But she said she had no regrets taking on the role: “At the time I didn’t know what I know now, and to be honest, who would turn down that role, really? Nobody would do it … I was very young and I made what I felt was the right decision ”.

A View to a Kill, as Roberts correctly suggested, did not lead to a professional transformation: he found himself playing in “erotic thrillers” like Night Eyes, Inner Sanctum and Sins of Desire, and TV series like Hot Line (also with a bias ” erotic”).

However, in 1998 she was cast in a full-length role on the retro comedy That ’70s Show, as Midge Pinciotti, appearing in more than 80 episodes. Her husband’s terminal illness and subsequent death in 2006 led her to retire from acting.

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