Dame Diana Rigg, of James Bond and “The Avengers” fame, has died “peacefully” at 82.
The acclaimed actress recognized for her place as Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, the one Bond lady to ever marry 007, Rigg was bestowed her “Dame” title in 1994 for her contributions to all points drama.
The enduring Brit suffered from most cancers and died surrounded by her family Thursday morning.
“My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at residence, surrounded by family,” her daughter, “Bletchley Circle” actress Rachael Stirling, suggested the Solar. “She died of most cancers acknowledged in March, and spent her remaining months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep enjoyment of her occupation. I’ll miss her previous phrases.”
Mastering every film and theater, Rigg earned Emmy, Tony, British Academy of Movie and Tv Arts (BAFTA) and Night Commonplace awards in her prolonged tenure on the stage and show.
Regardless of her intensive stage experience, Rigg was possibly best recognized for her star-making place inside the television sequence “The Avengers” starting in 1965. There’s hardly a male little one boomer alive whose coronary coronary heart did not beat faster at the sight of Emma Peel, her whip-smart, cat-suited character inside the mod espionage romp.
“It was a bit horrifying,” Rigg, who was in her mid-20s inside the swinging ’60s, suggested The Submit in 2018. “Keep in thoughts, it was 50 years prior to now. I did not know pretty what to do with that diploma of lust. I’d been in London to drama school and I was [by] no means naive. However to be provided that diploma of notoriety was a bit of a shock.”
Most not too way back, Rigg carried out fan favorite Olenna Tyrell on HBO’s “Recreation of Thrones” from 2013 to 2015. The character went down in “GoT” historic previous after she admitted to murdering King Joffrey merely sooner than being killed herself. She was nominated 4 situations for the Visitor Actress in a Drama Emmy for her work on the current.
She moreover starred on Broadway in “Abelard and Heloise” in 1971. (Her nude scene inside the play and critic John Simon’s bitchy analysis of her physique generated boatloads of publicity, Selection reported.) She later headlined a revival of Molière’s “The Misanthrope” in 1975 and “Medea” in 1994. She earned a Tony nod each time for best actress in a play — and gained for “Medea.”
(*82*) shucking her “Avengers” catsuit in 1968, Rigg grew to turn out to be a Bond lady — the one one who landed the spy and grew to turn out to be Mrs. Bond, whereas clad in an ahead-of-its-time white jumpsuit. The film was 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” throughout which George Lazenby carried out 007 for his first and remaining time. Rigg did not seem to have thought rather a lot of him.
“George was untried, unschooled … he was a model, a male model,” Rigg suggested The Submit. “I was launched on board to help him and to supply him gravitas.” Alas, she took that gravitas to the grave: Mrs. Bond was swiftly dispatched by the minions of arch villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Rigg’s completely different film credit score embody the Paddy Chayefsky satire “The Hospital” (1971), Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night time’s Dream” (1968), “The Assassination Bureau” (1969), “Julius Caesar” with Charlton Heston (1970), “A Little Night time Music” with Elizabeth Taylor (1977), “The Nice Muppet Caper” (1981), and Bruce Beresford’s “A Good Man in Africa” reverse Sean Connery (1994).
She moreover hosted PBS’ “Masterpiece Thriller” from 1989 to 2004.
Rigg is survived by a daughter she had alongside along with her ex-husband, theater producer Archibald Stirling, actress Rachael Stirling.