Tanya Roberts, who starred in the 1985 James Bond film “A View to A Kill,” as well as classic TV series “Charlie’s Angels” and “That ’70s Show,” has been hospitalized, according to her publicist Mike Pingel, who had incorrectly confirmed the actress’ death Sunday.
Pingel told USA TODAY that Roberts, 65, was taken to Los Angeles’ Cedar-Sinai Hospital when she collapsed after walking her dogs on Christmas Eve.
On Monday, Pingel said the actress’s longtime partner Lance O’Brien had received a call from the hospital saying Roberts “did not pass last night.” Pingel said Roberts is still in the hospital’s intensive care unit and “the situation is dire.”
The publicist said he is awaiting further updates on Roberts’ condition.
Multiple media outlets, including USA TODAY, reported Roberts’ death.
The straight-talking actress has interacted with fans in a weekly online program streamed from her official Facebook page, on which she last participated Dec. 19. But the first show of 2021, scheduled for Jan. 2, was canceled without public explanation.
Born Victoria Leigh Blum in the Bronx, Roberts dropped out of high school at 15 and hitchhiked around the country. She eventually returned to New York City and began a career in modeling, stepping into movies with the 1976 horror film “Forced Entry” (later retitled “The Last Victim”).
She starred as Kiri in the 1982 sword-and-sorcery fantasy adventure “The Beastmaster.” In the 1984 fantasy “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle,” Roberts starred as the titular character, a female version of Tarzan. Shot in Kenya, “Sheena” bombed at the box office and with critics, earning five Golden Raspberry Awards, including worst actress for Roberts. The film would become a campy cult classic.
“The director screwed up everything,” Roberts recalled bluntly in her Dec. 19 fan chat.