Actress Tanya Roberts, known for her role as Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, has left her entire estate — including her US$3 million (approx. $3.97 million) home and pension — to her common-law husband, Lance O’Brien, who she said didn’t love her.
Roberts passed away earlier this year at the age of 65, one day after her death was announced prematurely.
Per court documents filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles, obtained by Page Six, Roberts’ handwritten will ensures her two dogs and pet goldfish are taken care of, and specifically cuts out notable close relations while leaving everything to O’Brien.
“I know you don’t love me but you have been a true friend and for that I’m gratefull [sic]” the documents show she wrote to O’Brien, and she added that he was her “best friend.”
The papers also say that “nothing will go to [Roberts’] sister Barbara Leary or [Roberts’ newphew] Zack Leary”, both of whom filed paperwork at the same time on Wednesday contesting the will.
Roberts, whose real name was Victoria Leigh Blum, was an animal rights activist. In the will, she said she wanted O’Brien to take care of her two dogs, Muttley and Sox.
The That ’70s Show actress also stipulated that if O’Brien was to sell their home, then he needs to find a new home with a “fish lover who won’t throw cigarettes [sic] in the pond” for their pet fish.
“The dogs and fish take care of them like I do,” the actress wrote in the will to O’Brien.
Roberts asked O’Brien to give the fish to “Steve Fish Care” if he cannot properly provide for the fish.
The Charlie’s Angels star said in the will that “[she has] no reason to live” and told O’Brien to “have a good life and don’t blame this on yourself. I was always [too] sensitive to live in this world.”
O’Brien and Roberts had been together for 15 years. Prior to her relationship with O’Brien, Roberts was married to Barry Roberts from 1974 until his death in 2006.
O’Brien was with her after she collapsed on a hike, and was hospitalised on December 24 last year. She was put on a ventilator, but never recovered, and she passed away from an infection on January 4 this year.
Per Page Six, Roberts’ longtime publicist, friend and manager Mike Pengel verified her handwritten will, known as a “holographic will” under California’s state law.
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