Former Bond Girl Tanya Moore, whose real name is Victoria Leigh Blum, has reportedly died after returning home from a walk with her dog on Christmas Eve, where she suddenly collapsed adn was rushed to hospital. She was 65-years-old.
Her rep confirmed to US news outlet TMZ that she was “put on a ventilator” after arriving at hospital, but she “never got better”.
The actress passed away on Sunday in California, but her death was not related to COVID-19.
Before her collapse, sources told TMZ that she seemed “perfectly healthy” and was participating in video chats with her fans.
Mike Pingel, who ran the live Q&A sessions for the actress, also confirmed her death in a touching Facebook post.
“I am very sad to have to post this. Yes, Tanya passed away today.
“I’m heart broken,” he penned before signing off.
Roberts was best known for appearing alongside Roger Moore on A View To Kill in 1985 as geologist Stacey Sutton.
She once said of her memorable experience as a Bond girl: “At the time I didn’t know what I know now, and to be honest, who would turn that role down, really?
“Nobody would. All you have to think to yourself is, ‘Could I have been better in the part?’ That’s all you can say to yourself because turning the part down would have been ridiculous, you know? I mean nobody would do that, nobody.”
Roberts is also hugely credited for her role as Donna Pinciotti’s mom Midge, on That 70s Show.
Tanya was portrayed as a “dumb blonde” when she joined the cast in 1998, but left the series in 2001 because her husband Barry Roberts, whom she married aged just 19, had become terminally ill, passing away in 2006.
She was chosen in 1980 to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth season of Charlie’s Angels on ABC, and has more than 40 acting credits to her name dating back to the 70s, including appearances in Sheena and The Beastmaster.
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She also featured in some raunchy comedies and slashers movies such as Night Eyes, Sins of Desire, Inner Sanctum, Legal Tender, Deep Down, Almost Pregnant, Favorite Deadly Sins and Tourist Trap.
Born in New York City, Roberts’ career began when she appeared as a model in TV ads before her first film debut came in 1975’s horror film Forced Entry, closely followed by the comedy film The Yum-Yum Girls the year after.
Following the news of her death on 3 January, fans took to social media to share their condolences.
One wrote on Twitter: “2021 is off to a rocky start. RIP the VHS queen #TanyaRoberts.”
“Was heading to sleep and just found out that Tanya Roberts passed away. Completely shocked and saddened, another great loss,” a second said.
A third remembered: “She was so funny as Midge in That 70s Show. I’ll always remember her in A View To A Kill, The Beastmaster, and Sheena. I was shocked to see that she died. May she rest in peace. #TanyaRoberts.”
“Damn you 2021!!!! RIP Tanya Roberts!” someone else condemned the new year.