That ’70s Show was a huge success. Stars like Mila Kunis, who played the role of Jackie Burkhart, and Ashton Kutcher, who was the greatest Michael Kelso started their careers from this show. Fans do remember Topher Grace as Eric Forman and one and only Laura Prepon as nasty Donna Pinciotti. Together with their friends Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde, and of course Wilmer Valderrama as Fez. The great romance between Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher had its roots in this show, and who would have known that Mila Kunis’ family would someday be with Ashton Kutcher.
Much has been discussed about these cast members, but how about Tanya Roberts? Was she loved or loathed by the cast of That ’70s Show? Tanya is one of the actresses who left the project for personal reasons. She portrayed Midge Pinciotti in the series. Her character left when she grew tired of her marriage and wanted to expand her horizons. In reality, the actress left the project because her husband, Barry Roberts, was diagnosed with a terrible illness, and she wanted to spend as much time with him as possible. Unfortunately, Barry died five years after that, at 60, and the actress decided to quit her acting career.
‘That 70’s Show’ Cast: What Do They Really Think About Tanya Roberts?
Tanya Roberts had a chance to sparkle when she was cast in 1998 in the sitcom That ’70s Show. However, Roberts retired from acting when her husband was diagnosed with a severe illness. She spent the following years of her life taking care of Barry Roberts, hoping he would somehow beat the disease. Sadly, he passed away in 2006, leaving Tanya devastated and crushed. She would later follow her husband when she passed away at the age of 65 due to an illness.
That ’70s Show cast mourned the loss and took to social media to express their condolences and how much they loved the actress. Danny Masterson, who played Steven Hyde in the comedy series, shared his feelings regarding Tanya’s loss. The actor tweeted, “We lost a great one. Rip #tanyaroberts, you were a wonderful person to work with, and we all loved you very much. Godspeed. #midgepinciotti @ Wisconsin.”
The Truth About Tanya Roberts’ Rise To Fame
Tanya Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in 1955 in the Bronx, New York City. She came from an Irish Jewish family that emigrated to New York in 1904. During an interview, Tanya spoke about her heritage, saying that although she looks Irish, she has a Jewish way of thinking. In 1956 Tanya and her sister moved to Scarsdale, New York, in a home built in the 50s, still standing 70 years later.
Later in life, Tanya relocated from New York to Ontario to live with her mother for several years. She started forming a modeling portfolio and laying plans for a modeling career. When the young star turned 15, she left high school. Tanya described herself as a wild, rebellious kid. She told People Magazine that she had dropped out of school at 15 because she had a teen romance with some guy and frequently traveled with him until his mother tried everything to stop them from traveling and eventually separated them.
After earning a good modeling reputation for herself in Ontario, she decided to return to New York City and become a fashion and cover model. During this time of her life, Tanya met psychology student Barry Roberts while waiting in line for a movie with her friends. The pair hit it off, and he soon proposed to her in a subway station. In a matter of months, the couple got married. Both of them remained together until the end of their lives. While Barry pursued a career as a screenwriter, Tanya herself started studying at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg.
What Was Tanya Roberts’ Most Memorable Role?
After getting married, Tanya started working as a dance teacher and a model. After moving to Los Angeles in 1977, along with her husband, many offers came her way, including the movies The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover and Fingers, as well as some unpromising TV pilots.
Her acting was good enough in the first few films for her to be cast in Charlie’s Angels, the hit series about a trio of glamorous female crime fighters. At this time, the actress’ average fee was $12,000 per episode. And she was welcomed enthusiastically by her co-star Cheryl Ladd, who said she had a lot of ‘street’ in her, which acted as an edge that’s really fun to play off of. Tanya also described herself as a real sensitive New Yorker that expresses whatever comes to her mind. What she had joined, however, was a sinking ship. With only Jacqueline Smith remaining from the original trio, the series was canceled within a year of Roberts joining though she remained buoyant about the whole role. Even though the series was canceled, Tanya was thankful for it, saying it gave her the big break she was looking for as an actress.
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