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Actress Diana Rigg, Star of 60s TV Show The Avengers, Bond, & Game of Thrones Dead at Age 82


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Diana Rigg, a British actress who became a 1960s style icon as secret agent Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers, has died. She was 82.

Rigg's agent, Simon Beresford, said she died Thursday morning at home with her family.


Her daughter, Rachael Stirling, said she died of cancer that was diagnosed in March.

Rigg "spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words," Stirling said.

Rigg starred in The Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee, who played bowler-hatted John Steed. They were an impeccably dressed duo who fought villains and traded quips in a show that provided an enduringly influential mix of adventure and humour.

Rigg's performance earned her the first two of what would be nine Emmy Award nominations, including a supporting actress win in 1997 for the television miniseries Rebecca.

In later life, she played Olenna Tyrell in 18 appearances on Game of Thrones, the Duchess of Buccleuch in Victoria, and starred alongside her daughter in a 2013 Doctor Who episode as well as the British sitcom Detectorists.


On the big screen, Rigg starred in spy thriller On Her Majesty's Secret Service as the only woman ever to marry James Bond, as well as The Great Muppet Caper, Parting Shots and The Painted Veil.

"Our love and thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time," said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the Bond franchise.

George Lazenby, who made his only appearance as Bond in the film, said on Instagram that he was "so sad to hear of the death of Diana Rigg. She undoubtedly raised my acting game when we made On Her Majesty's Secret Service together in 1968-9."


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 A bit of trivia:


Riggs' character in the Avengers was given the name Emma Peel based on M (Man) Appeal....they wanted the character to be a sex symbol and they were successful.


I think my favorite line from Olenna was when she was describing her grandson Loras to Tywin Lannister: "A sword swallower, through and through..."


RIP Diana.

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I recall (from back in the day) that the National Lampoon magazine had an issue related to S&M, or something of the sort. The center spread was a picture of Diana Rigg (as Mrs. Peel) wearing the now famous jumpsuit.


First prise was that she would beat the crap out of you while she was wearing the suit. Second prise was that she would slowing grind the heel of one of her boots into your eye. Third prise was that she would throw the entire set of your favourite china at you.


                                                     regards,  G.

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