Tanya Roberts of Charlie's Angels and That '70s Show passes away following premature death announcement
The former Bond Girl was 65.
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UPDATE: Roberts was hospitalized after collapsing on December 24, and her passing was erroneously reported on Sunday, January 2. Inside Edition was interviewing her boyfriend on January 3 about the death when he received word that she was still alive. (Watch the video here.) Later that same evening, the hospital phoned to say that Roberts had died, according to TMZ.
Charlie's Angels were a trio, but more than three super investigators cycled through the Charles Townsend Agency. Six women played Angels on the original television series that ran from 1976 to 1981. Farrah Fawcett, perhaps the first name that comes to mind, lasted a mere season as Jill Munroe. Cheryl Ladd took over as her younger sister, Kris.
Following the departure of Kate Jackson as Sabrina after the third season, two gorgeous actors filled her shoes for the final two years. Shelley Hack portrayed Tiffany, and in the final season, Tanya Roberts took over as a tough model with a mean punch named Julie Rogers.
It was a breakthrough role for Roberts, who landed on the cover of People magazine to promote Angels. Most television viewers at the time would have known her from Seventies commercials, as she has popped up in spots for Excedrin headache medicine, Ultra Brite toothpaste, Clairol and Cool-Ray sunglasses.
The New York City native was married to a screenwriter, and the couple moved to Los Angeles to pursue Hollywood careers. Roberts landed roles in B-movies such as the slasher flick Tourist Trap — which featured former Rifleman Chuck Connors as the killer! — California Dreaming, a 1979 beach-party film from the genre's dominant studio, American International Pictures.
A year later, she had landed her gig on Aaron Spelling's Charlie's Angels. Spelling clearly championed Roberts, as she also turned up on his Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. Her time as an Angel lasted just one season, as the show was canceled, but the exposure launched Roberts' career to a new level.
In the early Eighties, she became an icon of fantasy thanks to her roles in the movies The Beastmaster and Sheena. Then, in 1985, the brunette made the ultimate leap to Bond Girl, opposite Roger Moore and Christopher Walken in A View to a Kill.
She would prove herself to be more than a pin-up icon of the 1980s. Around the turn of the millennium, Roberts showed off her comedy chops in the hit sitcom That '70s Show. She played Midge Pinciotti, Donna's mom.
On January 3, Roberts was reported as having passed following a health scare on Christmas Eve, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A day later, in the evening of January 4, Roberts died, as reported by her partner to TMZ.