It was initially revealed that after her publicist made a false statement, she died on Sunday.
In the 1985 Bond film “A View to a Kill,” Tanya Roberts, the glamorous actress who starred alongside Roger Moore, died at the age of 65, reports said.
On Sunday, her representative Mike Pingel had mistakenly confirmed the death of Roberts, leading many news organisations, including the Guardian, to report it until a retraction was released a day later. Now Roberts’ partner Lance O’Brien is reported to have said that he was informed by workers at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles that Roberts died Monday night. O’Brien is quoted by The Sun as saying that Roberts died of an unidentified disease that began with an inflammation of the urinary tract and then attacked her kidneys, liver and gallbladder. O’Brien said that he believed that Roberts had died in the hospital on Sunday after visiting her and told Pingel, who told the media. But while being filmed by the TV show Inside Edition, O’Brien got a call from the hospital on Monday claiming Roberts was still alive.Cedars-Sinai Hospital has not spoken on the matter, citing patient confidentiality.Roberts’ best-known film role was in A View to a Kill, where she played geologist Stacey Sutton, Bond’s main love interest and a key ally in the fight against Christopher Walken
She had already improved her on-screen appeal by this time, starring in the 1980-81 season of the Charlie’s Angels detective series, replacing Shelley Hack as one of the three title characters. Born Victoria Leigh Blum, Roberts had a career as a model before moving with her partner, screenwriter Barry Roberts, to Hollywood.
She secured a variety of smaller roles, including Fingers, the 1978 drama by James Toback, and Tourist Trap, the waxwork slasher.
Her popularity rose after winning the role in Charlie’s Angels, and she was cast in the cult fantasy horror The Beastmaster (1982) as slave girl Kiri and as the title character in the Tarzan-like adventure Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1984), which, despite its disastrous initial reception, also became a cult film. Roberts didn’t like the “Bond girl,” name, telling the Daily Mail that it pigeonholed her as a “silly, glamorous broad” and that “the reason most Bond girls don’t have careers is that people just don’t take them seriously.”
But she said she didn’t regret taking the job, “I didn’t know then what I know now, and to be honest, who would turn down that role, really?” she said. As Roberts rightly guesses, A View to a Kill did not lead to a career jump: she starred in’ romantic thrillers’ such as Night Eyes, Inner Sanctum and Sins of Lust, as well as TV series such as Hot Line (also with an “erotic” twist). However, in 1998, as the dimwitted Midge Pinciotti, in which she starred in more than 80 episodes, she was cast for a permanent part in the retro sitcom The ’70s Show. The terminal disease of her husband and his 2006 death forced her to retire from acting.