Tanya Roberts’ Obituary


A film and TV star who rose to fame as one of “Charlie’s Angels” and starred in A View to a Kill as a Bond girl opposite Roger Moore.

Tanya Roberts, who died at the age of 65, was already a movie and TV star when she was cast in A View to a Kill as “Bond girl” Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore (1985).

At the point, Moore was 58 and looked a little creaky as he climbed the Golden Gate Bridge in his final appearance as James Bond, while Roberts was 30 and had the time of her life commanding a fire truck during a car chase through San Francisco, but with a little support from bluescreen technology. She was the second choice for the part after the producers of the film were unable to attract Priscilla Pres Press When she was cast in 1981 to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth season of ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ the hit television series featuring a trio of glamorous female crime fighters, Roberts had already made a name for herself. She told talk show host Johnny Carson, “That’s the way it is with any job,” when he asked about the series’ personnel changes. Her fee was $12,000 an episode, and her co-star Cheryl Ladd greeted her enthusiastically: “Her fee was $12,000 an episode, and she was greeted enthusiastically by her co-star Cheryl Ladd: ” Roberts identified herself as ” Roberts described herself as ” I’m saying what I think, but I believe that I’m sensitive. “What she had boarded, however, was a sinking ship. With only Jaclyn Smith left of the original trio, the series was canceled within a year of Roberts joining, though she was positive about the whole experience. “It gave me my first break. The only challenging part was going into a situation where the other two girls were sick and wanted out of the performance, and I was completely excited. “She was born to Irish Jewish parents in the Bronx, New York, to Victoria Leigh Blum. “I look very Irish, but I have a Jewish brain,” said Roberts, who called herself Tanya Leigh occasionally. Her mother was Dorothy (née Smith), a pen salesman of her father Oscar Blum.

She described herself as a “wild, rebellious kid” and told People magazine in 1981 that at 15 she dropped out of school, married “some guy” and “hitchhiked around until his mother had the marriage annulled.” A year later, she met Barry Roberts, a psychology student who later became a television writer, in New York on a movie theater line; she suggested him in a subway station, and they stayed there.

She studied acting with Uta Hagen and Lee Strasberg and performed at the Off-Off-Broadway Theater and in advertisements.

She landed a variety of film roles after moving to Los Angeles in 1977, including J Edgar Hoover’s The Private Files (1977) and James Toback’s thriller Fingers (1978), as well as a few unpromising TV pilots. It was not until after her departure from Charlie’s Angels that she briefly established herself with two roles in the fantasy genre in the cinema. The first was The Beastmaster (1982). She agreed to a nude photo shoot in Playboy to promote the film (“The photos are full-body shots draped over tigers, not trashy at all”), and in the film she played second violin to star Marc Singer. She landed the lead role in Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1984), in which, at least telepathically, she could speak to the animals.

Abandoned as a child in the jungle and raised by African warriors, Sheena rode a zebra that was obviously a horse painted black and white. What she really wanted was “a commercial hit,” she explained in 1984.

All of a sudden, when you’re in a success, you’re a star, whether you’ve played well or not,” but Sheena wasn’t. Janet Maslin in the New York Times said of Roberts, “She’s in really good shape. In the New Yorker, Pauline Kael noted that she ” Pauline Kael in the New Yorker noted that she ” but praised her for having ” but praised her for having ” That’s the best you can tell about her performance, I’m afraid.

With eyes as exquisitely blank as though they had been drawn over with light blue chalk, she stares into space.

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