Friday, January 7, 2011

Tanya Roberts who played Julie Rogers on the TV show "Charlie's Angels"

Tanya Roberts was born October 15, 1955 in New York City.  She is probably best known for playing the role of Julie Rogers on the TV show "Charlie's Angels".  She has also played notable roles in movies during the 1980's that made her one of the top sex symbols of that time.

Tanya Roberts played Julie Rogers on the TV show "Charlie's Angels" from 1980 to 1981

Tanya, like many of the other angels, began with a career doing TV commercials.  She also starred in a few off Broadway productions such as "Antione" and "Picnic".  In 1975, she got her on-screen debut with a starring role in the film "Forced Entry" co-starring Ron Max and Nancy Allen.  This was followed with other appearances in "The Yum-Yum Girls" co-starring Michelle Dawn, Harlan Cary Poe and Barbara Tully (1976); "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover" with Broderick Crawford, James Wainwright, Celeste Holm, José Ferrer, Rip Torn, and Michael Sacks (1977); "Fingers" co-starring Harvey Keitel, Tisa Farrow and Jim Brown (1978); "Zuma Beach" co-starring Suzanne Somers, Steven Keats, Mark Wheeler, Delta Burke, Timothy Hutton, Rosanna Arquette, and Michael Biehn (1978); and in 1978, Robert starred in her first TV series "Greatest Heroes of the Bible" co-starring Victor Jory, Brad Crandall and Peter Mark Richman (1978);

Tanya Roberts in her younger years

Tanya finished out the '70s with "Tourist Trap" co-starring Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Robin Sherwood, and Jon Van Ness (1979); "Pleasure Cove" Tom Jones, Constance Forslund, Melody Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Shelley Fabares, and Barbara Luna (1979); "California Dreaming" co-starring Glynnis O'Connor, Seymour Cassel, Dennis Christopher, and Dorothy Tristan (1979); and "Racquet" co-starring Bert Convy, Edie Adams, Lynda Day George, Patrick Cranshaw, and Joey Aresco (1979);

Tanya Roberts in the 1970s
Tanya Roberts

Roberts began the '80s appearing in a couple of episodes of "Vega$" starring Robert Urich, Bart Braverman, Greg Morris, Tony Curtis, Judy Landers, and Phyllis Davis (1980); and "Waikiki" co-starring Dack Rambo, Darren McGavin, Steve Marachuk and Donna Mills (1980).

It was in 1980 that Tanya Roberts landed the role of Julie Rogers on "Charlie's Angels" co-starring Jaclyn Smith (Kelly Garrett), Cheryl Ladd (Kris Munroe), and David Doyle (Tom Bosley).  Tanya filled a gap left in the show when Shelley Hack (Tiffany Welles) left the show after a short stay when she replaced Kate Jackson (Sabrina Duncan) when she departed the show.  Tanya was with the show for sixteen episodes until the show ended in 1981.  This was the shortest run of any of the Angels on the show including Farrah Fawcett-Majors who left after the first season, but returned as a guest star throughout the life of the show.

"Charlie's Angels" in the last year on the air: Tanya Roberts (Julie Rogers), Jaclyn Smith (Kelly Garrett), and Cheryl Ladd (Kris Munroe)
Tanya Roberts played Julie Rogers in "Charlie's Angels"
Tanya Roberts (Julie Rogers) and Cheryl Ladd (Kris Munroe) in "Charlie's Angels"

After "Charlie's Angels", Roberts guest starred on "The Love Boat" starring Gavin McLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Lauren Tewes, Jill Whelan, and Ted Lange (1982); "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize and Carol Lynley (1982); also in 1982 Tanya starred as the sex Kiri in "The Beastmaster" with Marc Singer, John Amos, and Rip Torn (1982);

Tanya Roberts as Kiri in "The Beastmaster" 1982

Marc Singer and Tanya Roberts  in "The Beastmaster" 1982

Marc Singer and Tanya Roberts  in "The Beastmaster"

Tanya went on to star in "Murder Me, Murder You" co-starring Stacy Keach, Delta Burke, Don Stroud, Lisa Blount, and Michelle Phillips (1983); "Hearts and Armour" Zeudi Araya Cristaldi, Barbara De Rossi, Ronn Moss, and Rick Edwards (1983).  The following year Tanya starred as the sexy Sheena in "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle" co-starring Ted Wass, Michael Shannon, and Donovan Scott.  Tanya then became a 'Bond Girl' in 1985 with a role in "A View to a Kill" co-starring Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, and Patrick Macnee (1985).

Tanya Roberts as "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle" 1984
Tanya Roberts as "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle"

Tanya Roberts as "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle"
Tanya Roberts in a look that fits her role as Sheena in  "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle"
Tanya Roberts in "A View to a Kill" 1985
Tanya Roberts, Roger Moore, and Grace Jones in "A View to a Kill" 1985
Tanya Roberts became a Bond girl in "A View to a Kill" 1985
Tanya Roberts in 1985

Roberts topped out the decade with "Body Slam" co-starring Dirk Benedict, Roddy Piper, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Kellie Martin (1986); and "Purgatory" co-starring Julie Pop, Adrienne Pierce, and Hal Orlandini (1988).

In 1990, Tanya starred in "Twisted Justice" co-starring David Heavener, Erik Estrada, Jim Brown, Karen Black, and Shannon Tweed (1990); "Night Eyes" co-starring Andrew Stevens, Veronica Henson-Phillips, Cooper Huckabee, and Stephen Meadows (1990); "Legal Tender" with Robert Davi, Morton Downey Jr., and Eva La Rue (1991); the racy "Inner Sanctum" with Margaux Hemingway, Valerie Wildman, and Joseph Bottoms (1991); "Almost Pregnant" co-starring Jeff Conaway, Joan Severance, Dom DeLuise, and John Calvin (1992); "Sins of Desire" co-starring Gail Harris, Jay Richardson, Delia Sheppard, Jan-Michael Vincent, Carrie Stevens, Becky LeBeau, and Monique Parent (1993); "Deep Down" co-starring George Segal, Judith Scarpone and Roderick Thorp (1994); "Burke's Law" starring Gene Barry, Peter Barton and Dom DeLuise (1994); "Silk Stalkings" starring Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture and Charlie Brill;

Tanya Roberts in "Night Eyes" 1990

In 1994 Tanya landed a role as Rebecca in the risqué series "Hot Line" co-starring Shannon Tweed.  She stayed with the show for it's full two year run of thirteen episodes.  Roberts went on to star her voice in "The Blues Brothers Animated Series" co-starring Lauren Tom, Robert Picardo, April Winchell, Tim Curry, and B.J. Ward (1997); and "High Tide" with Rick Springfield, Yannick Bisson and Mary Ann Schmidt (1997).

In 1998, Tanya began playing the role of Midge Pinciotti on "That '70s Show" co-starring Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, Danny Masterson, and Mila Kunis.  Roberts played the role until the show ended in 2006.

Tanya Roberts in 2003
Tanya Roberts

During her time on "That '70s Show", Tanya did other performances such as "The Angry Beavers" co-starring Richard Steven Horvitz, Nick Bakay and Charlie Brissette (voice, 1998); "Off Centre" starring Eddie Kaye Thomas, Sean Maguire, Jason George, and Lauren Stamile (2002); "Fillmore!" co-starring Orlando Brown, Lauren Tom, Wendie Malick, Tara Strong, and Horatio Sanz (voice, 2003); "Eve" starring Ali Landry, Natalie Desselle, Jason George, and Eve (2005); and  "Barbershop" starring  Omar Gooding, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Toni Trucks, and Wes Chatham (2005).

Tanya Roberts today

We'll be seeing more of Tanya soon with works in production for 2011 on the horizon.

Tanya Roberts now


  1. worst angel ever!!! tanya looked pretty cheap in the show, a dime-a-dozen and rather ordinary-looking starlet hoping to hitch a ride to the stars via a teeny-weeny bikini. too bad for the show but really she lacked the beauty, glamour and sophistication of kate, farrah, jaclyn, cheryl and shelley. now, those girls were stars!

    1. whatever, dope head

    2. I'm with "Anonymous" #2 on this one. Whatever, dude. She's beautiful.

    3. I'm with "Anonymous" #2 on this one. Whatever, dude. She's beautiful.

  2. i’ll take her as a soft-porn performer! but she was no tv actress or glam celeb in the vein of the other beautiful angels before her...

  3. Anonymous #1. D-i-c-k-h-e-a-d.
    Probably the most beautiful woman ever. Her career didn't pan out as well as the early promise would seem to show, but to suggest she was the worse of the six just makes you look plain stupid. Either that or you're not into girls...
    Personally think you fancy her from her early career, but you are disappointed she didn't do more serious stuff. Get over it.

  4. I think she was quite beautiful but Kelly,Jill, and Sabrina were a hard act to follow. When that show was a hit it was the dynamic between those three original cast members that captured the audience. Theshow tooka big hit when Fawcett defected then Jackson split and it just wasn't the same anymore. I don't think it was Roberts fault, the show just wasn't the same.

  5. She is one of my all time favorites, Drop dead beautiful. I re-watch sheena and marvel at her sex appeal. I know everyone has different hot buttons. She pushes mine best!

  6. How can anyone not look at this woman and not see a very beautiful woman? I look at her current photos and still see a very amazing, beautiful, woman.

  7. Most gorgeous woman ever, and yes, she has talent too! For me she was/is the best angel because she got the worst season and did her best to fit in, who says the contrary is really ignorant. She tops all the other angels in terms of beauty and action. I can´t get enough of her beauty and charm and if I was a producer/director she sure would have a TV show of her own, even now she is stunningly gorgeous. We miss you on TV and movies Tanya!

  8. Stunningly beautiful, perhaps producers only took that in consideration and that,s why she could not develop a better career but she was, and she is near from perfect.

  9. Tanya Roberts was a beautiful girl. I think she just got type cast as a sex object right from the start. But her eyes are seriously gorgeous.

  10. Pretty yes, beautiful perhaps, talented NOT. Interesting that she actually studied at Actors Studio and still shows no talent as an actress. I sure would have given her a ride when she was hitching across the US at 16 years!