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Tanya Roberts In 1981
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Victoria Leigh Blum (born October 15, 1955), known professionally as Tanya Roberts, is an American actress best known for her role as Julie Rogers on the fifth and final season of Charlie's Angels (1980-1981) and as Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show (1998-2001).
Her career began as a model in TV ads for Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses. She played serious roles in the Off-Broadway productions, Picnic and Antigone. She also supported herself as an Arthur Murray dance instructor. Her film debut was the 1975 thriller, Forced Entry, followed by the 1976 comedy The Yum-Yum Girls. In 1978, Roberts participated in the drama, Fingers. Roles in the 1979 cult-movie, Tourist Trap, Racket and California Dreaming followed.
Roberts was chosen in 1980 from some two-thousand candidates to replace Shelley Hack in the television series, Charlie's Angels. Roberts played the sultry Julie Rogers. Today Roberts' beauty and charisma have been favorably compared to former Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett. She starred in the films The Beastmaster, A View to a Kill, and Sheena. Roberts was groomed as a Hollywood sex symbol during the early 1980s.
Roberts played Kiri in the 1982 film The Beastmaster. She was featured in Playboy in October 1982. In 1983 Roberts filmed the Italian-made adventure fantasy film Hearts and Armour (also known as Paladini-storia d'armi e d'amori and Paladins - The Story of Love and Arms), based on the medieval novel, Orlando Furioso. She portrayed Velda, secretary to private detective, Mike Hammer, in the television movie, Murder Me, Murder You. The two-part pilot spawned the syndicated television series, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. She declined to continue the role in the series to work on Sheena: Queen of the Jungle in 1984. Her subsequent appearance as Bond girl Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill (1985), provided her a number of scenes with Roger Moore's James Bond. Other 1980s films include Night Eyes, an erotic thriller; Body Slam (1987).
Roberts starred in the 1991 erotic thriller, Inner Sanctum alongside Margaux Hemingway. In 1992 she played Kay Egan in Sins of Desire. She appeared on the cable TV series, Hot Line, in 1994; and in the video game, The Pandora Directive, in 1996.
In 1998 Roberts took the role of Midge Pinciotti on the successful television sitcom, That '70s Show. Roberts told E! True Hollywood Story that she left the series in 2001 because her husband had become terminally ill. Barry Roberts died in 2006. Tanya Roberts wrote the foreword to the 2008 book, The Q Guide to Charlie's Angels.
February 19th, 2013
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