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Tanya Roberts has passed away. Michael Tran/FilmMagic
- Actress Tanya Roberts died on Sunday, January 3, aged 65.
- Roberts' death is not believed to be COVID-19-related. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor collapsed on Christmas Eve after going for a walk with her dogs.
- She made her name starring alongside Roger Moore in 1985's James Bond film "A View to a Kill."
- She is also remembered for playing Midge Pinciotti on "That '70s Show."
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Tanya Roberts, the actor who starred as Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film "A View to a Kill" alongside Roger Moore, has died aged 65.
It was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Roberts, who also starred on "That's '70s Show," collapsed on Christmas Eve after going for a walk with her dogs and was admitted to Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles where she died on Sunday, January 3.
No cause of death has been given yet, but THR also reports that her death was not COVID-19-related and Roberts did not show any signs of illness in the days leading up to her collapse.
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Tanya Roberts starred alongside Roger Moore in "A View to Kill." Joe Kohen/WireImage for Ketchum
Her longtime friend and spokesperson Mike Pingel released a statement shortly after the news broke. He said: "I'm devastated. She was brilliant and beautiful and I feel like a light has been taken away. 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 realized how much she meant to them."
Roberts, who was born Victoria Leigh Blum, started her career as a model before making her screen debut in the 1975 horror film "Forced Entry." Thereafter, she appeared in several cult films such as "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle" - the 1982 female-led adaptation of the classic Tarzan story, and the fantasy drama "The Beastmaster."
But Roberts took on her most famous role in the 1985 Jame Bond film "A View to a Kill." She played the role of Stacey Sutton, an American scientist who becomes a target of villain Max Zorin played by Christopher Walken. The film was Roger Moore's last outing as 007.
Following her role as a Bond girl, Roberts found success on the small screen with recurring roles on the popular comedy "That '70's Show" and an appearance on ABC's "Charlie's Angels" reboot.
However, during an interview with the Daily Mail later in her career, Roberts voiced her regrets about taking the role of a Bond girl and said that she believed the title was a curse.
"I sort of felt like every girl who'd ever been a Bond Girl had seen their career go nowhere, so I was a little cautious," she said.
"I remember I said to my agent, 'No one ever works after they get a Bond movie' and they said to me, 'Are you kidding? Glen Close would do it if she could.'"
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