Tanya Roberts, Bond lady and Charlie’s Angel, dies day after untimely announcement | Movie


Tanya Roberts, the glamorous actor who starred reverse Roger Moore within the 1985 Bond movie A View to a Kill, has died aged 65, it has been reported. Roberts’ loss of life had been mistakenly introduced by her consultant Mike Pingel on Sunday, resulting in a number of information organisations, together with the Guardian, to report it, earlier than a retraction was issued a day later.

Now Roberts’ accomplice Lance O’Brien is reported to have mentioned he was knowledgeable by workers at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles that Roberts died on Monday night. O’Brien had reportedly mistakenly knowledgeable Pingel of her loss of life on Sunday, resulting in inaccurate media stories.

The Solar quoted O’Brien as saying Roberts died from an unspecified sickness that started with a urinary tract an infection, and subsequently affected her kidneys, liver and gall bladder. He additionally mentioned Roberts had collapsed at residence in Los Angeles.

O’Brien mentioned that he believed Roberts had died on Sunday after visiting her in hospital, and instructed Pingel, who introduced it to the media. Nevertheless, whereas being filmed by the TV present Inside Version, O’Brien acquired a name on Monday from the hospital saying that Roberts was alive.

Cedars-Sinai Hospital has not commented, citing affected person confidentiality.

Roberts’ best-known movie function was in A View to a Kill, the place she performed geologist Stacey Sutton, Bond’s principal love curiosity and a key ally within the battle in opposition to Christopher Walken’s villainous industrialist Max Zorin. By then she had already consolidated her on-screen attraction by showing within the 1980-81 season of detective collection Charlie’s Angels, taking on from Shelley Hack as one of many three title characters.

Born Victoria Leigh Blum, Roberts carved out a profession as a mannequin earlier than shifting to Hollywood along with her screenwriter husband, Barry Roberts. She secured a string of small roles, together with James Toback’s 1978 drama Fingers and waxwork slasher Vacationer Lure. After profitable the Charlie’s Angels function her profile elevated, and he or she was solid as slave lady Kiri in cult fantasy-horror The Beastmaster (1982) and because the title function within the Tarzan-style journey Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, launched in 1984 and which has additionally develop into a cult movie regardless of its disastrous preliminary reception.

Roberts disliked the “Bond girl” label, telling the Every day Mail that it pigeonholed her as a “dumb, glamorous broad” and that “the reason most Bond girls don’t go on to have careers [is] because people just don’t take them seriously”. However she mentioned she didn’t remorse taking the function: “At the time I didn’t know what I know now, and to be honest, who would turn that role down, really? Nobody would … I was very young and I did what I felt was the right choice to make.”

A View to a Kill didn’t, as Roberts accurately recommended, result in a profession transformation: she discovered herself taking part in in “erotic thrillers” similar to Evening Eyes, Interior Sanctum, and Sins of Need, and TV collection similar to Sizzling Line (additionally with an “erotic” slant).

Nevertheless, in 1998 she was solid in a long-running function in retro sitcom That ’70s Present, as dim-bulb Midge Pinciotti, showing in additional than 80 episodes. Her husband’s terminal sickness, and subsequent loss of life in 2006, led her to retire from appearing.

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