Tanya Leigh Roberts (born Victoria Leigh Blum) is
the daughter of a pen salesman (Irish) and a Jewish mother
(who were divorced before she reached high school). She
dropped out of school at the age of 15, got married and
hitchhiked around the country until her husband's mother
had the marriage annulled.
She later met psychology student, Barry Roberts, in a New
York movie line and they married a few months later. In
her early career, Tanya made a meagre living as a dance
instructor and from commercials, modelling and bit parts
on Broadway. However, she moved with her husband to LA in
1977 and was spotted by Spelling and Goldberg, producers
of the hit TV show Charlie's Angels, which she joined in
1980. She only worked on the show for a year before it was
cancelled, but it gave her a chance to make a move into
the movie business.
Her previous attempts (including The Yum-Yum Girls in 1976
and California Dreaming in 1979) were nothing special, however,
her TV work allowed her to move onto projects such as The
Beastmaster in 1982 and Sheena in 1984.
The highlight of her career came in 1985 when she starred
as Stacy Sutton in the James Bond film "A View To A
Kill". Instead of a springboard to success, Roberts
suffered the curse of the Bond girls and slipped into obscurity,
making only 2 films in the next 4 years.
She finally found work again, this time in the form of
erotic thrillers such as Night Eyes (1990) and Sins of Desire
Roberts has been most recently seen on the new American
sitcom That '70s Show playing Midge Pinciotti.