Across over 40 movies and TV shows, Tanya Roberts has established herself as a name to be reckoned with in Hollywood since she made her debut appearance in 1975. She has starred in movies like A View to a Kill, Racquet, and on shows like Charlie’s Angels, Hot Line and That ‘70s Show.
Tanya Roberts may not have an extensive filmography to her name, but she carved out a solid career by appearing in carefully selected roles and maintaining a reputation as a talented actress. In this article, we take a deeper look into the life of Tanya Roberts, her background, career, and other interesting facts. Read on to learn more about her.
Tanya Roberts’ Biography
Tanya Roberts was born on the 15th of October, 1955 in The Bronx, New York. She was born to a Jewish mother and an Irish father as one of their two daughters, with the other being an older sister named Barbara.
She was born into a modest family and raised in Central Bronx before she relocated to Toronto, Canada, with her mother. In Toronto, Tanya Roberts began the journey to Hollywood to live her dream of working in show business.
Such was the strength of her dream that she dropped out of high school and hitchhiked to the US, finding her way back to New York City where she began a career as a fashion and cover model, appearing in a variety of magazines.
In order to become an actress, she studied acting at the Actors Studio and made her debut appearance in 1975. Aside from acting in movies and TV shows, Tanya Roberts has lent her voice to video games like The Pandora Directive and she has also appeared in theatre plays – Off-Broadway plays like Antigone and Picnic.
Other than acting and modeling, Tanya Roberts, while starting out as an actress, worked as a dance instructor for Arthur Murray. She was married to Barry Roberts for 32 years, from 1974 until his death in 2006. They never had any children while they were together. They met each other on the waiting line for a movie.
Tanya Roberts’ Movies and TV Shows
She started off her career as a model and appeared in a number of TV commercials before she made her first appearance as an actress in the movie, Forced Entry, portraying as Nancy Ulman.
In the same year, she appeared in The Yum Yum Girls as April. After her debut year, Tanya Roberts appeared in a series of movies and TV shows like Zuma Beach, Fingers, Tourist Trap, Greatest Heroes of the Bible, Racquet and Waikiki, before she got her big breakthrough as Julie Rogers on the show, Charlie’s Angels.
She played the iconic character for sixteen episodes, between 1980 and 1981 before she moved on and solidified her status as an actress in the movies, The Beastmaster, where she played Kiri and in the James Bond movie, A View to a Kill, where she played Stacey Sutton.
Following her appearances in the James Bond movie in 1985, Tanya Roberts has gone on to appear in other projects like Legal Tender, Deep Down, Sins of Desire as Kay Egan, and in Hot Line as Rebecca, appearing in twelve episodes between 1994 and 1996.
In another major appearance for Tanya Roberts, she starred in That ‘70s Show as Midge Pinciotti, starring in 81 episodes between 1998 and 2004. After her time on the show, she guest-starred on an episode of Eve, and in two episodes of Barbershop as Elle Palmer.
Having worked actively in the industry since 1975, with over four decades to her name as an actress, one could say that Tanya Roberts’ biggest career achievement is maintaining a career for that long.
However, other than longevity, she also has a couple of award nominations to her name, including the Bravo Otto award from Germany. She has also appeared in major magazines like multiple entries of Playboy magazine, including on the cover of the famous and iconic magazine. She has also appeared in US Weekly magazines and in the Hollywood Reporter.
As mentioned earlier, Tanya Roberts has been able to craft a solid and efficient career by appearing in great projects, and not only has she been rewarded artfully, but also financially, enough to accrue a net worth of $10 million. Some of her high-income projects are That ‘70s Show and A View to a Kill.