10:26 AM PT — Tanya’s husband of 18 years, Lance O’Brien, says he was unable to visit her in the hospital because of COVID restrictions. However, hospital staff made an exception when they realized the actress likely wouldn’t pull through.
Lance tells us, “As I held her in her last moments, she opened her eyes. I was able to see her beautiful eyes one last time. Tanya had the most beautiful eyes.”
Tanya Roberts — a one-time Bond girl and cult classic ’80s star — has died … TMZ has learned.
Tanya’s rep tells TMZ, she was on a walk with her dogs on Christmas Eve and when she returned home she collapsed. She was taken to the hospital and put on a ventilator but never got better. We’re told it was NOT COVID-related. Tanya died Sunday.
In the days leading up to her collapse, we’re told Tanya appeared perfectly healthy … even doing video chats for her fans.
Tanya was a go-to model and actress in her heyday — so much so, she even appeared as one of the Bond girls, Stacey Sutton, in “A View to a Kill,” opposite Roger Moore.
She also starred in campy adventure fantasy flicks like “Sheena” and “The Beastmaster,” plus a bunch of raunchy comedies, slashers movies and action/erotica B-films like “Sins of Desire,” “Legal Tender,” “Deep Down,” “Inner Sanctum,” “Night Eyes,” “Almost Pregnant,” “Favorite Deadly Sins” and “Tourist Trap,” plus several others. All-in-all, she has 41 acting credits to her name dating back to ’70s.
Speaking of that era, she might best remembered as Donna Pinciotti’s mom, Midge, on “That ’70s Show” — who was always getting ogled by the boys in the neighborhood. Tanya was portrayed as a dumb blonde, who eventually left her TV family and the show entirely to deal with her hubby’s real-life illness.
Tanya also had a year-long stint on the old “Charlie’s Angels” show, in which she played Julie Rogers … a side character who helped the Angels solve crimes. She also helped launch the TV series ‘Mike Hammer’ after starring as a secretary in the made-for-TV movie, but declined a part in the show that followed.
Of course, Tanya was also a successful model. She’d posed for Playboy, as well as for a ton of TV commercials. She did ads for Excedrin, Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses.
She was married to Barry Roberts for several years before his death in 2006. They didn’t have any children. Tanya is survived by her current husband, Lance, and her sister Barbara Chase.
She was 65.