Tanya Roberts, actress, died

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Tanya Roberts, Bond Girl and 'That '70s Show' star, dies at 65 Roberts was out walking her dogs on Christmas Eve when she collapsed. She was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai hospital where she died.

 Tanya Roberts - Wikipedia

Victoria Leigh Blum (October 15, 1955 – January 3, 2021)[1] known by the stage name Tanya Roberts, 

WikiTree profile: Tanya Roberts
in The Tree House by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (467k points)
edited by Scott Fulkerson

HOLD EVERYTHING - LATEST NEWS FLASH SAYS SHE'S STILL ALIVE!

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/04/entertainment/tanya-roberts-update/index.html

She has now died. Announcement just made this morning (Tuesday, 5 Jan 2021).
This has "Sitcom plot" written all over it.
I think it best if we wait a few days to be certain that there are no more twists and turns in the plot before we open this one back up. I'm thinking by Friday or Saturday, we should be in the clear (I hope).
Scott it's been confirmed.  A friggin' UTI took her out.
That's sad, especially having known older people in my family who have had these issues and I suppose been fortunate to have recovered from them. Something that seems so curable, and yet due to her underlying conditions, it took her out.

I've reopened her profile for editing.

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+6 votes
I went ahead and created an initial starter profile for her. With her birth date, she might be a bit of a challenge, but it will give researchers the opportunity to get started if someone has an interest in her.

I always thought she was a beautiful sexy woman on the screen and it's a shame that she left us so early.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

Thanks for setting her up, Scott. I concur with you.

I was reading her wikipedia entry where it said this about her death: "old age was a contributing factor"

Excuse me!!! She was only 65...

Old age???

On another note, her Wikipedia page says her mother had Jewish ancestry and her father was Irish. It seems odd. It was probably the other way around?
I've done some research and it's probably backwards.

Father's family was from Austria, so he was probably the Jewish side.

Mother was from England, so there's a possibility (unproven at the moment) that there's some Irish in her family's background.
Scott, how'd you find that? I've been poking around with no success. I want to learn from the master... :-)
Parents added. I'll see what I can do to add grandparents on the paternal side. I've run into a bit of a brick wall on the maternal side.
It's different with different people, but I'll show how I figured this one out.

I started with what ethnicelebs.com stated they had found. I didn't take it for fact, so I tried to go to FamilySearch and prove out what they had proposed. I was able to find sources to back up everything they had stated. Depending on who posts things over there, sometimes they're spot on - other times, I've found errors in their assumptions. So far with her ethnicity, they're on the money as far as I can tell.

HOLD EVERYTHING - LATEST NEWS FLASH SAYS SHE'S STILL ALIVE!

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/04/entertainment/tanya-roberts-update/index.html

Several news reports have confirmed her passing. Her profile is back open for editing.
Thank you Scott for setting up her profile. Jillaine, I totally agree with you! She did not die of complications of 'old age'. Heck, I'm 10 years older that she was...what does that make me? A decrepit geezer?
Well, I've added most of the profiles I can for now, but have not found a connection as of yet. There's still a potential connection through her living sister, who was married at one time to psychologist Timothy Leary. I suspect that might be our most likely avenue to a connection than any other. I see a few others are working on his lines, and perhaps when Tim's profile is opened up (it's currently locked for editing), we can connect it to Tanya's sister and his parents and maybe everything will line up.
I was able to get Timothy Leary's profile opened up and connected Tanya's family to Timothy. Fortunately, several have been working on his family recently and it appears he's now connected to the tree, which means Tanya will be connected tonight when the links update.

Thanks to all those who worked hard to find connections for Timothy Leary!
+7 votes
Reports of her death have been greatly exaggerated. https://www.tmz.com/2021/01/04/tanya-roberts-still-alive-rep-saying-shes-dead-70s-show-bond-girl/

I have brought her back to life and locked her profile.

More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanya_Roberts
by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (429k points)
Thanks, Chris! I guess since we have family for her now, we can use the public family to research and connect her, but I'm glad that she's still with us. Not sure how her live-in male partner somehow mistakenly thought she died, but I'm glad that's been clarified for him (and us).
I think her representative who reported this is gonna be SOOOOOO fired. I mean....Wow.

I think the dude might have wanted money.

HOLD EVERYTHING - LATEST NEWS FLASH SAYS SHE'S STILL ALIVE!

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/04/entertainment/tanya-roberts-update/index.html

As if the world isn't weird enough.... sigh.

Glad she's still among us...
To quote Ross from Friends....

"Now she has passed. She apparently died twice."
Several news reports have confirmed her passing. Her profile is back open for editing.
+6 votes
I'm sorry, but is this why we ought not be rushing into creating profiles of media-informed celebrity deaths? Glad Tanya is still with us.  I just watched Beastmaster the other day actually.
by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (160k points)
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That is unusual about her false death.

Just the other day, I was watching the finale of the tv show "Crime Scene Investigation" and at the end of the show they posted a memorial to her. I didn't recognize her name, so I googled her and it said that she died at 71 and that for many years she has been an assistant to the actor, who played supervisor, Gil Grissom, on the tv show.
by N Gauthier G2G6 Pilot (139k points)
Well, when your housemate jumps to conclusions and informs your agent who assumes that he must have been right, and leaps to the decision to send out the press release that they must have been preparing in case this situation might occur... it creates that perfect storm.
Several news reports have confirmed her passing. Her profile is back open for editing.
+7 votes
According to the news this morning (Tuesday, January 5, 2021) she sadly has now died. Newsflash about 10 minutes ago.
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (624k points)

Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 05 January 2021), memorial page for Tanya Roberts (15 Oct 1955–3 Jan 2021), Find a Grave Memorial no. 220572134, ; Maintained by Find A Grave. Burial Details Unknown.

Wikipedia has her death date as Jan 4.

Several news reports have confirmed her passing. Her profile is back open for editing.
Probably caused by the shock of hearing that she was already dead.

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