Tanya Roberts had “it.”
Maybe it was the smoky eyes, maybe the smokier voice, but the actress, who passed away at 65 after collapsing on Christmas Eve, had a magnetic pull on the camera.
She spent most of her career as a B-movie star, and The Beastmaster, Sheena, and Tourist Trap remain what they were intended to be, enjoyable romps.
Roberts was on the final season of Charlie’s Angels, played a Bond Girl in A View to A Kill — opposite Roger Moore and a devious Christopher Walken — then wrote her swan song on That ’70s Show.
She won’t be forgotten.
Movie stars never truly die.
Their physical bodies leave this Earth, but thanks to celluloid, the stories they told live forever.
For example, John Wayne passed in 1979, Audrey Hepburn in ’93.
But thanks to VHS tapes and DVDs, streaming channels, or revival theaters, their films are more-accessible to a modern audience than even back in the prime of their career.
The year ending today was the same as any other in one aspect — we lost cinematic legends, both those whose names were in all caps, and those working behind the scenes.
Honor their memories in the best way possible.
Keep watching their films.
“It is by my hand, you will rise from the ashes of this world!”
Hugh Keays-Byrne was so badass he played two completely separate bad guys in the Mad Max universe, and both were three shades of awesome.
In the original 1979 film, he was biker bad boy Toecutter.
Then, 36 years later, he rocked the Kasbah as Immortan Joe, a man mountain cult leader who roared through the desert like a wild beast unleashed.
Keays-Byrne’s death at age 73 Wednesday is sad news, but his legacy in films will live on as long as we huddle around our TV’s and movie screens.