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Also Known As: Tanya Boum Died:
Born: October 15, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, model, dance instructor

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A former Bond girl and "Charlie's Angel" who was typecast for her physical attributes, actress Tanya Roberts became something of a cult icon thanks to feature roles in "The Beastmaster" (1982) and "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle" (1984), only to relegate herself to erotic thrillers that bordered on soft-core pornography in the early 1990s. Throaty and lithe, Roberts exuded a sexuality that was innate and allowed her to land roles as superficial characters in a variety of low-budget films and television movies, before she hit her stride by taking over for Shelley Hack on the popular "Charlie's Angels" (CBS, 1976-1981) for its final season. Despite her likeability, the iconic show hit a low point in the ratings and was summarily canceled. Undeterred, Roberts gained cult status in "The Beastmaster" and "Sheena," before landing what could have been a career-altering role as the Bond girl in "A View to a Kill" (1985). Unfortunately, the last 007 movie starring an aging Roger Moore was considered one of his worst and Roberts was criticized for her character's lack of depth. By the late 1980s, she began treading water in steamy thrillers like "Night Eyes" (1990) and Deep Down" (1994), before she surged once...

A former Bond girl and "Charlie's Angel" who was typecast for her physical attributes, actress Tanya Roberts became something of a cult icon thanks to feature roles in "The Beastmaster" (1982) and "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle" (1984), only to relegate herself to erotic thrillers that bordered on soft-core pornography in the early 1990s. Throaty and lithe, Roberts exuded a sexuality that was innate and allowed her to land roles as superficial characters in a variety of low-budget films and television movies, before she hit her stride by taking over for Shelley Hack on the popular "Charlie's Angels" (CBS, 1976-1981) for its final season. Despite her likeability, the iconic show hit a low point in the ratings and was summarily canceled. Undeterred, Roberts gained cult status in "The Beastmaster" and "Sheena," before landing what could have been a career-altering role as the Bond girl in "A View to a Kill" (1985). Unfortunately, the last 007 movie starring an aging Roger Moore was considered one of his worst and Roberts was criticized for her character's lack of depth. By the late 1980s, she began treading water in steamy thrillers like "Night Eyes" (1990) and Deep Down" (1994), before she surged once again as the foxy, free-thinking mom Midge Pinciotti on "That '70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006). Though she had to leave due to her husband's terminal illness, Roberts proved that she was capable of delivering a quality performance on a critically acclaimed project.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hot Line 2 (1996)
2.
 Deep Down (1995)
3.
 National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins (1995) Herself ("Greed")
4.
 Sins of Desire (1992) Kay
5.
 Almost Pregnant (1992) Linda
6.
 Legal Tender (1991) Rikki Rennick
7.
 Inner Sanctum (1991) Lynn Foster
8.
 Night Eyes (1990)
9.
 Purgatory (1989) Carly Arnold
10.
 Body Slam (1987) Candace Van Der Vegen
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1972:
At age 17, began appearing in television commercials (date approximate)
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Appeared onstage in productions including "Antigone", "Picnic", "Bus Stop" and "Born Yesterday"
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Moved from NYC to Hollywood
1975:
Starred in the thriller "Forced Entry"
1977:
Played a stewardess in "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover" and appeared in James Toback's "Fingers"
1978:
Acted in the NBC TV-movie comedy "Zuma Beach"
1979:
Appeared in the romantic comedy TV-movie "Pleasure Cove" (NBC)
1980:
Featured in the ABC detective drama TV-movie "Waikiki"
1980:
Appeared in a special two-hour episode of the crime drama "Vega$"
1980:
Played Julie Rogers, one of the replacement "Charlie's Angels" in the fashion-conscious ABC police drama's final season
1982:
Had a starring role in the horror feature "The Beastmaster"
1982:
Posed nude for PLAYBOY magazine
1984:
Starred as "Sheena", queen of the jungle
1985:
Was Bond girl Stacey Sutton in Roger Moore's final entry "A View to a Kill"
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Appeared in several direct-to-video releases
1991:
Played a poker dealer on the run in the direct-to-video release "Legal Tender", written by husband Barry Roberts
1991:
Starred as a sexy nurse with a shady past in the erotic thriller "Inner Sanctum"
1992:
Starred in the direct-to-video release "Almost Pregnant", directed by Michael DeLuise
1994:
Guest starred on an episode of the mystery remake TV series "Burke's Law"
1995:
Played herself in a segment of the Showtime TV-movie "National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins"
1998:
Played forward-thinking mom Midge Pinciotti on "That 70s Show" (Fox)
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Notes

"Having been a Bond girl was never a stigma for me. Once you've been typecast as a Charlie's Angel, you're set for life." --Tanya Roberts to Empire, December 1999

Roberts on her feature film past, typecasting, and returning to series television: "I've played in a lot of crummy movies. In this business, they see women in terms of sexual and nonsexual, which is pathetic. When you get the sexual roles, they think that's all you can do . . .

"I wanted to go back to TV, where there are more roles for women of all ages. I wanted to do a sitcom.

"['That 70's Show'] is the stability I've been looking for since 'Charlie's Angels'. Also, it's a chance to prove I can do comedy--and something other than those crummy movies." --quoted to USA TodaY, July 12, 1999

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husband:
Barry Roberts. Screenwriter. Married since c. 1974.

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