Tanya Roberts, That '70s Show and Bond star, reportedly still alive

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That ‘70s Show actress and former Bond girl Tanya Roberts is reportedly still alive, after TMZ revealed widespread reports of her death were ‘greatly exaggerated’.

The outlet had previously claimed a representative for the star said she collapsed on Christmas Eve after returning home from a walk with her dogs, before being told by Tanya’s partner Lance O’Brien she had passed away at the age of 65.

THAT '70S SHOW Wilmer Valderrama,Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon. Center L-R: Don Stark, Tanya Roberts, Mila Kunis, Lisa Robin Kelly, Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith
Tanya Roberts played Donna Pinciotti's mum, Midge Pinciotti, in That ‘70s Show. Photo: Getty Images

However, now it’s been revealed that despite sending out a press release, Tanya had in fact not died, even though her partner at the time was quoted as saying: “As I held her in her last moments, she opened her eyes.”

The representative told TMZ, her partner had truly believe she had died, with friends of the family also reportedly telling the publication Lance had called them to share the new of his wife’s death.

Now in an video published by Inside Edition today, Lance can be seen receiving a call in the middle of his interview with the reporter, telling him that Tanya was still alive.

He broke down into tears upon hearing the news, revealing: “The hospital has told me she’s alive.... I’m so happy.”

Lance O'Brien breaks down
Lance O'Brien breaks down mid interview as he receives the news. Photo: Youtube/Inside Edition

Tanya Roberts rushed to hospital but still alive

Tanya was rushed to hospital and put on a ventilator, the publication stressing previously it was not COVID-19 related and she had reportedly not been ill in the lead up.

Tanya, born Victoria Leigh Blum, became well known in the ‘80s after appearing as Julie Rogers in the fifth and final season of the Charlie’s Angels TV series.

Actress Tanya Roberts attends the 27th annual "Night Of 100 Stars" black tie dinner viewing gala at The Villa Aurora on February 26, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California.
Tanya Roberts is seen in California in 2017. Photo: Getty Images
Actor Roger Moore and actress Tanya Roberts on the set of "View To Kill".
Roger Moore and Tanya Roberts on the set of "View To Kill". Photo: Getty Images

Then, in 1985, she appeared as Bond Girl Stacey Sutton in Roger Moore's A View To A Kill, which she allegedly beat Priscilla Presley and Sharon Stone for the role.

In 2015, she spoke to the Daily Mail about life after being a Bond Girl, saying: “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.

“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'.

American actress Tanya Roberts stars as Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film 'A View To A Kill', 1984. She is holding Bond's trademark Walther PPK.
Tanya Roberts stars as Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film 'A View To A Kill'. Photo: Getty Images
American actresses Tanya Roberts, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd, stars of the American TV show 'Charlie's Angels', circa 1980.
Tanya Roberts, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd, stars of the American TV show 'Charlie's Angels', circa 1980. Photo: Getty Images

“And I thought to myself, well you can have regrets if you wish, but what's the point?”

In 1998, Tanya became a TV staple as she made her debut as Donna Pinciotti's mum, Midge Pinciotti, in That ‘70s Show.

According to E! True Hollywood Story Tanya left the series in 2001 because her husband, actor Barry Roberts, had become terminally ill. The couple were married in 1974 and sadly Barry died in 2006.

Tanya started off as a model, appearing in TV ads for brands like Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses.

Her acting career took off in the ‘70s, with credits on horror movie Tourist Trap and romance California Dreaming.

Throughout her career, she also featured in cult TV show The Love Boat and starred in 1984 film Sheena.

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