Tragic Final Twist to Tanya Roberts’ Story as ‘Resurrected’ Star Passes Away — How The Awful Mistake Happened
A day after rumors circulated prematurely regarding her death, the Charlie’s Angels star lost her fight for life.
The happy ending we hoped might be in store for Tanya Roberts turned out to be a cruel twist. Even as some were processing the news that reports of her demise had been inaccurate came word that she had, in fact, passed away.
The sad, strange saga began with an initial report from TMZ saying that the actress — who once auditioned for the role of Kate Roberts on Days of Our Lives before it went to Lauren Koslow — collapsed on Christmas Eve after having taken her dogs for a walk. She was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital, put on a ventilator and slipped away shortly thereafter.
In an update, the site reported that her husband of 18 years, Lance O’Brien, was by her side in the end. “As I held her in her last moments,” he said, “she opened her eyes. I was able to see her beautiful eyes one last time.
“Tanya,” he added, “had the most beautiful eyes.”
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All of this information came, the site reported, from Roberts’ rep, Mike Pingel… who later received a call from the hospital telling him that the actress was, in fact, still alive!
TMZ now reports that a distraught O’Brien mistakenly believed her to have died but left the hospital without speaking to anyone on the medical staff. He later received a phone call from the facility telling him that she remained among the living.
Aside from her role on Charlie’s Angels, Roberts is perhaps best known as Midge, the mom of Laura Prepon’s Donna on the popular sitcom That ’70s Show, appearing in over 80 episodes between 1998 and 2004. She is also known for her roles as Bond girl Stacy Sutton in the spy caper A View to a Kill and Becky in the cult-classic horror flick Tourist Trap.
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As we try and wrap our heads around how this soap-worthy story came about, why not reflect on some of the most shocking plot twists to ever unfold on daytime.
<p>After taking a cruise to get over a failed love, <em>Young and Restless</em>‘ Ashley returned to Genoa City pregnant but she didn’t name the father. She married Brad and let him adopt her daughter, Abby. It was later revealed the baby was fathered by Victor whose sperm Ashley stole. Though the truth started to spread, Victor only found out when little Abby blurted out, “Mama says you’re my daddy” — which she heard from a video Ashley made when she thought she was dying of cancer.</p> <p> </p>
<p>“You just shot your own son!” It’s an exclamation that still rings in the ears of many a <em>General Hospital</em> fan. Olivia’s cries to Sonny while kneeling over her lifeless son, who was working undercover to take down the mob boss, made for a shocking climax to the gripping storyline. It was also one heck of a way for Sonny and Dante to find out they were father and son.</p>
<p>Jake Kositchek (Jack Coleman), a.k.a. The Salem Strangler, had been terrorizing Salem for months in 1982. Then, one Friday episode he killed <em>Days of Our Lives</em>‘ beloved Dr. Marlena Evans who he had been stalking. Quite the cliffhanger! But then, Don came home to find his love, Marlena, very much alive despite him just identifying her dead body. How could that be? Well, that’s where the handy twin thing comes in as Marlena’s lookalike sister Samantha (played by actress Deidre Hall’s real-life twin Andrea Hall) was the woman Jake killed, not Marlena.</p> <p> </p>
<p><em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em>‘s Brooke has never met a relative’s lover she didn’t like. Her daughter’s beaus were no exception. However, in the case of her daughter Hope’s boyfriend Oliver, it was a genuine case of mistaken identity when the two had sex at Hope’s graduation party where everyone wore the same masks and costumes. They kept their illicit tryst secret for a while until a video of their hookup leaked — and then all hell broke loose. </p> <p> </p>
<p>Throwing it back to <em>General Hospital</em>’s defunct spinoff, <em>Port Charles</em>, after Livvie made a wish on Vampire Caleb’s ring for him to have one night of intense, unforgettable love, he did just that. Just not with her. It was with her rival Alison, who turned up pregnant. Caleb told Livvie the truth but he waited until just <em>after</em> they said ‘I do’. Quite the wedding present, Caleb. To make the reveal even more shocking, <em>Port Charles</em> had been canceled so fans were left with the mother of all cliffhangers.</p>
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