Beloved actress Tanya Roberts is still alive, her rep revealed on Monday – just hours after he and her husband announced that she had died. Roberts is pictured in 2017
Tanya Roberts’ partner learned that she was still alive during an interview hours after he and her rep announced that the beloved actress had died.
Lance O’Brien, who has identified himself both as Roberts’ boyfriend and husband, was filming an interview for Inside Edition on Monday morning when he received a phone call which he says was from the hospital where the former Bond girl is being treated.
Video shows a look of shock washing over O’Brien’s face as he cries into the phone: ‘Now, you are telling me she’s alive?’
He then breaks down in tears and tells the interviewer: ‘The hospital is telling me she is alive. They are calling me from the ICU team.’
The bizarre saga kicked off on Sunday when Roberts’ rep, Mike Pingel, issued a press release saying that the actress – best known for appearing opposite Roger Moore in the 1985 Bond film A View To Kill – had died aged 65 the day before.
Pingel said Roberts was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve after collapsing at her home in Hollywood Hills.
The rep said he’d learned the tragic news of Roberts’ death from her ‘husband’ O’Brien, who told TMZ that he visited her at the hospital before she passed.
‘As I held her in her last moments, she opened her eyes. I was able to see her beautiful eyes one last time. Tanya had the most beautiful eyes,’ O’Brien said Sunday.
Then on Monday Pingel announced that the hospital had called O’Brien just after 10am and informed him that his wife was still alive – as seen in the Inside Edition video.
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Lance O’Brien, who has identified himself both as Roberts’ boyfriend and husband, was filming an interview for Inside Edition on Monday (pictured) when he received a phone call which he says was from the hospital where the former Bond girl is being treated
Video shows a look of shock washing over O’Brien’s face as he cries into the phone: ‘Now, you are telling me she’s alive?’ He then breaks down in tears and tells the interviewer: ‘The hospital is telling me she is alive. They are calling me from the ICU team’
Roberts’ rep, Mike Pingel (left with her), issued a press release on Sunday saying that the actress had died aged 65 on Saturday. But in a bizarre twist on Monday, Pingel announced that Roberts’ husband informed him that she was still alive
Roberts is best known for appearing opposite Roger Moore as Stacey Sutton in the 1985 Bond film A View To Kill. She is pictured in a promotional photo for the film in 1984
Neither O’Brien nor Pingel offered an explanation for the confusion, with the latter merely saying: ‘Lance truly believed Tanya had died’.
O’Brien said hospital staff told him she ‘had no hope to live’.
‘When she saw me and I was there, I saw her eyes open up. I felt good. I said: “Hey, her eyes are opening. Her eyes are opening.” They told me that’s just a reflex,’ he said.
Pingel also said that Roberts’ condition is ‘dire’, telling People: ‘Currently, it’s not looking good. Hold her in your prayers.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Pingel and Cedars-Sinai for clarification on how O’Brien was apparently led to believe that his wife had died.
Pingel (left with Roberts) did not explain what sparked the confusion over her health status
TMZ said it heard from several sources close to the family who claimed O’Brien called them with news of Roberts’ death on Sunday.
The outlet had originally reported that Roberts collapsed after she returned home from walking her dog on December 24.
She was rushed to a hospital and placed on a ventilator but ‘never got better’, Pingel said, adding that her ‘death’ was not related to COVID-19.
Before her collapse, insiders said Roberts seemed ‘perfectly healthy’ and was participating in video chats with her fans.
In his original statement to TMZ, O’Brien said he had not been allowed to visit his wife in the hospital due to coronavirus protocols, but that staff made an exception when her condition took a turn for the worse on Saturday.
It’s unclear when O’Brien and Roberts tied the knot but reports indicated that the pair lived together at her home in Hollywood Hills.
Public records indicate that it was the same home Robert’s shared with her first husband, screenwriter Barry Roberts, who died in 2006. Tanya and Barry had been married for 32 years and had no children.
Roberts appeared to be looking healthy and in good spirits late last year. She is pictured with Pingel in a recent photo
Roberts frequently uploaded photos to Instagram, including a snap that showed her wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic as she signed fan photographs
In addition to being a Bond Girl, Roberts starred in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels between 1980 and 1981.
She is also famous for playing Midge Pinciotti in the hit sitcom, That 70s Show, appearing alongside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in October 1955 in New York City, before starting her career as a fashion model in her late teens.
She married Barry Roberts when she was just 19 in 1974, and started studying to become an actress at The Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen.
The leggy blonde made her film debut in 1975’s Forced Entry.
Roberts tied the knot with screenwriter Barry Roberts in 1974. She was just 19 years old at the time. The pair are pictured together in 1981
Roberts played geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore (above together) in his seventh and final James Bond movie in 1985
Roberts was chosen above 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels, which aired between 1980 and 1981. She is pictured left
In 1998, Roberts returned to the small screen to play Midge in That 70s Show. She is pictured front row second from left. The show also starred Ashton Kutcher (back row second from left) and Mila Kunis (front row third from left)
Roberts and her husband relocated permanently to Los Angeles in 1977, which paid off in a big way three years later.
The beauty was chosen above 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels, which aired between 1980 and 1981.
However, she became a global sensation several years later, when she was elevated to ‘Bond girl’ status in 1985’s A View To A Kill.
In that film, she starred as sultry geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in his seventh and final James Bond movie.
Afterward, Roberts continued to work regularly with roles in films such as Body Slam, Twisted Justice, Purgatory and Legal Tender, which was written by her husband.
Roberts is is best known for appearing opposite Roger Moore in the 1985 Bond film A View To Kill (pictured)
Roberts and her husband, Barry, are pictured in 1985. Barry tragically passed away in 2006, leaving Roberts a widow after 32 years of marriage
In 1998, she returned to the small screen to play Midge in That 70s Show.
The hit Fox sitcom also starred Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama and Topher Grace.
She left the show in 2004 to take care of her husband who was terminally ill at the time. He tragically passed away two years later.
Roberts did not appear in any more films or television shows following her first husband’s death.
However, the beauty appeared to be looking healthy and in good spirits late last year.
She frequently uploaded photos to Instagram, including a snap that showed her wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic as she signed fan photographs.
Roberts is pictured with her dogs in a photo shared on her Instagram page last year. She had taken one of her canines out for a walk before she returned to her Hollywood Hills home and collapsed
Roberts starred as sultry geologist Stacey Sutton in the hit spy thriller