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Actress Tanya Roberts dies at 65, after initial false report

Hollywood star with Jewish roots was best known for roles in ‘A View to a Kill,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘That ’70s Show’; her death was erroneously announced prematurely Monday

Tanya Roberts stars as Kiri in the adventure movie The Beastmaster, December 16, 1981. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
Tanya Roberts stars as Kiri in the adventure movie The Beastmaster, December 16, 1981. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)

LOS ANGELES — Former Bond actress and “That ’70s Show” star Tanya Roberts has died in Los Angeles at the age of 65, her family confirmed Tuesday.

Roberts had been hospitalized since December 24 after she collapsed while walking her dogs.

Her death was confirmed on Tuesday by her partner Lance O’Brien. Her publicist had erroneously announced her death to the media on Monday, before admitting to have received mistaken information.

Roberts, whose mother was Jewish, was best known for her role as geologist Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film “A View to a Kill,” which starred Roger Moore in his last appearance as 007.

Beside her Bond outing, Roberts starred in the 1982 sword-and-sorcery fantasy “The Beastmaster” and as the title character in “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle,” a female version of Tarzan which was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards and has gone on to become a cult classic.

British actor Roger Moore poses as James Bond with New York-born actress Tanya Roberts, August 16, 1984. (AP Photo/Alexis Duclos)

Other notable movie appearances included “Body Slam” and “Night Eyes.”

Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1955, Roberts did some modeling and commercial work before getting her big acting break on the final season of “Charlie’s Angels,” where she played private investigator Julie Rogers helping the team of female crime fighters.

“It was my first steady job, and it launched my career,” Roberts said on her website.

Nowadays Roberts is probably best known for her role in the sitcom “That ’70s Show,” where she played Midge Pinciotti, the dim-witted mother of Donna, played by Laura Prepon.

“‘That ’70s Show’ was her favorite show, she really loved doing comedy,” Roberts’ publicists Mike Pingel told USA Today.

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