Written by Anita Gates
Tanya Roberts, the breathy-voiced actress who discovered fame within the Eighties as a detective on Charlie’s Angels and as a courageous earth scientist within the James Bond movie A View to a Kill, has died in Los Angeles. She was 65.
Her dying, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, was confirmed by her companion, Lance O’Brien, on Tuesday morning. He mentioned she had died in a single day. Her publicist, who was given misguided info, had introduced her dying to the information media early Monday, and a few information organizations revealed obituaries about her prematurely.
The publicist, Mike Pingel, mentioned Roberts had collapsed on December 24 after strolling her canine close to her Hollywood Hills dwelling and was placed on a ventilator on the hospital. He didn’t give the reason for dying, however mentioned it was not associated to COVID-19. He mentioned she had not been noticeably in poor health earlier than she collapsed.
Tanya Roberts’ huge appearing break got here in her mid-20s when she was forged within the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels, ABC’s drama collection that, buying and selling on its stars’ intercourse enchantment, adopted the exploits of three enticing former cops who typically fought crime carrying brief shorts, low-cut blouses and even bikinis.
The present was a direct hit in 1976, however Farrah Fawcett, its breakout star, left after one season, changed by Cheryl Ladd. Kate Jackson give up in 1979, and her substitute, Shelley Hack, was gone after only one season. Roberts changed Hack. Jaclyn Smith appeared all through the collection run.
There have been excessive hopes for Roberts when she joined the forged. Her character, Julie, had a few of Jackson’s character’s street-wise perspective; Julie was recognized to knock a handgun proper out of a troublesome felony’s hand. Her half couldn’t save the present’s plummeting rankings, however it did result in an energetic decade for her in Hollywood.
Most notably, she was a “Bond lady,” taking part in a geologist threatened by a microchip-monopolist madman (Christopher Walken) in A View to a Kill (1985), Roger Moore’s final look as Agent 007.
Roberts additionally appeared in The Beastmaster (1982), a fantasy movie. And she or he performed the title position in Sheena (1984), a extremely publicized journey movie impressed by a queen-of-the-jungle comedian e-book character. Sheena, a feminine Tarzan kind, wore skimpy fur outfits with decolletage, rode a zebra, talked to animals and shape-shifted. The movie flopped on the field workplace, and Roberts started fading from public view.
She returned to the highlight in 1998 on the sitcom That ’70s Present because the glamorous, youngish Midwestern mother of a teenage lady (Laura Prepon). In that position she was stunning, slim and attractive — and delightfully dimwitted. The comedian thriller, yr after yr, was how her brief, dumpy husband, performed by Don Stark with frighteningly overgrown sideburns, had ever received her coronary heart. Roberts appeared on the present for 3 seasons and later made visitor visits.
She was born Victoria Leigh Blum in New York Metropolis on Oct. 15, 1955, the second of two daughters of Oscar Maximilian Blum, a fountain pen salesman, and Dorothy Leigh (Smith) Blum. In line with some sources, Tanya was her nickname. She spent her childhood within the Bronx and lived briefly in Canada after her mother and father’ divorce. She started her profession by operating away from dwelling to grow to be a mannequin when she was 15.
Again in New York, she studied appearing, appeared in some off-Broadway productions and labored as a mannequin and a dance teacher to make ends meet. Her modeling profession included work for Clairol and Extremely-Brite toothpaste. She made her display screen debut within the horror thriller The Final Sufferer (1976), a couple of serial rapist-murderer.
After Charlie’s Angels, Tanya Roberts acted in each tv and movies. Her roles included the non-public eye Mike Hammer’s secretary within the tv film Homicide Me, Homicide You (1983), a detective working undercover at a intercourse clinic in Sins of Need (1993) and a talk-radio host on the erotic anthology collection Sizzling Line (1994-96). Her remaining display screen look was on the Showtime collection Barbershop in 2005.
Even in her heyday, Roberts appeared to not take pleasure in being interviewed. Chatting with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Present in 1981, she laughed nervously, gave brief solutions and flirted with Michael Landon, her fellow visitor. At one level, Carson talked about a canopy article about her in Folks journal, prompting Ed McMahon, the host’s sidekick, to counsel, “Possibly there’s one thing within the journal that’d be fascinating.”
Tanya Roberts was a young person when she married in 1971, however the union was rapidly annulled on the insistence of her new mother-in-law. In 1974, she met Barry Roberts, a psychology pupil, whereas each have been standing in line at a movie show. They married that yr. Barry Roberts turned a screenwriter and died in 2006 at 60.
Her survivors embrace her companion, Lance O’Brien, and a sister, Barbara Chase, who was Timothy Leary’s fourth spouse.
Tanya Roberts was all the time a New Yorker at coronary heart, she contended, and never simply because she hated driving.
“L.A. drives you loopy,” she mentioned within the 1981 Folks journal article. “I’m used to climate and strolling and individuals who say what they imply.”