Tanya Roberts, the actor who starred as Bond girl Stacey Sutton opposite the late Roger Moore in 1985’s A View to a Kill, has died aged 65.
Roberts collapsed near her home in the Hollywood Hills while walking her dogs on 24 December and was admitted to Ceder-Sinar Hospital in Los Angeles, her friend and representative Mike Pingel told The Hollywood Reporter.
She died on Sunday 27 December.
No cause of death has been disclosed and it was not Covid-19 related. Roberts was not ill in the days leading up to her death.
Born Victoria Leigh Blum, Roberts had an early career in modelling and TV adverts before appearing in the 1975 horror film Forced Entry.
Her most notable film role was as Stacey Sutton, an American geologist who becomes targeted by villain Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), in 007 film A View to a Kill.
The film marked Moore’s last performance as 007.
A number of her other films achieved cult status, such as 1982’s fantasy The Beastmaster, and adventure film Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, a version of the Tarzan story with Roberts as the female lead.
Roberts later said she believed there was a “curse” attached to the Bond girl role, telling the Daily Mail in 2015 that she suggested to her agent: “No one ever works after they get a Bond movie.”
However, she had success in a number of TV performances, including a year as Julie Rogers in the fifth season of ABC’s Charlie’s Angels, and in the recurring role of Donna’s mother, Midge Pinciotti, on That ‘70’s Show.
Pingel told THR he was “devastated” at the loss of his “brilliant and beautiful” friend.
“I feel like a light has been taken away,” he said. “To say she was an angel would be at the top of the list. She was the sweetest person you’d ever meet and had a huge heart. She loved her fans, and I don’t think she realised how much she meant to them.”
Roberts is survived by her partner Lance, and her sister Barbara.