Tanya Roberts, Bond Girl and That '70s Show Star, Is Not Dead Despite Publicist's Statements

Actress Tanya Roberts, who starred as Midge on That '70s Show and appeared in Roger Moore's final James Bond film, has not died at the age of 65, despite her publicist's prior statements.

By Ryan Gajewski Jan 04, 2021 3:33 AMTags
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UPDATETanya Roberts has not died, this according to her publicist, who erroneously confirmed her passing to multiple outlets on Jan. 3. 

Mike Pingel told NBC News on Monday, Jan. 4 that she is still alive, but remains hospitalized in Los Angeles. Get the latest update here


Actress Tanya Roberts, known for the James Bond film A View to a Kill and the hit TV comedy That '70s Show, has died at age 65.

Her rep confirmed to TMZ that the star passed away Sunday, Jan. 3 after she collapsed in her home on Dec. 24 following a walk with her dogs. She was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator but did not recover from the health issue that was not related to the coronavirus, according to her team.

Tanya, née Victoria Leigh Blum, starred as Bond girl Stacey Sutton opposite Roger Moore's 007 in the 1985 flick A View to a Kill.

She appeared in a number of campy genre films and comedies throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, including 1979's Racquet, 1982's The Beastmaster, 1984's Sheena: Queen of the Jungle and 1986's Body Slam.

She is perhaps best known for her role on That '70s Show as Midge Pinciotti, mom to Laura Prepon's character Donna. Midge was written out of the show in 2001 after the third season, and Tanya later explained that she left to care for her now-late husband Barry Roberts, who had fallen ill. 

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The actress returned to play Midge as a recurring character in the sixth and seventh seasons.

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Her other notable TV work included joining the main cast of Charlie's Angels for its final season that began in 1980, following the departures of original stars Farrah Fawcett and Kate Jackson.

She also made appearances on Vega$, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Silk Stalkings and Eve

Tanya, who was born in the Bronx in New York City, started modeling and later segued into acting with commercial work and live theatre. Her successful modeling career included landing the cover of Playboy for the October 1982 issue.

Her rep told The Hollywood Reporter that Tanya is survived by partner of 18 years Lance O'Brien and sister Barbara.