Famously known for her roles in ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Diana Rigg died of Cancer at 82 age on Thursday. Her daughter Rachel Stirling confirmed the news and said that earlier this year she was diagnosed with Cancer.
Her Daughte Rachel on confirming the news wrote that “My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family. She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession.”
Diana Rigg played the famous role of Emma Peel in Avenger which involve some dangerous flair to it. She played the role opposite John Steed which was played by Patrich Macnee. She also played Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones for which she grabbed 4 Emmy Nominations Recently.
Her initial career started as a Stage actor in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In an old interview with NPR, she told that being in front of the audience and seeing their reactions and faces makes her a good actor. In the interview, she further added “They’re my inspiration. I absolutely adore it. Obviously, sometimes they aren’t when they’re scratching themselves or falling asleep, but largely, I think you can’t beat a live audience.”
She played a variety of roles on-screen from the love interest of James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969 to the role of Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper. She did the lady holiday role for her daughter only. In another interview with NPR she told “If you’re an artist, you draw pictures for your children. If you’re a writer, you write the odd little story for them. If you’re an actress, you can read bedtime stories brilliantly. As far as she was concerned, it was the best thing that ever happened, to see her mother … with Miss Piggy.”
For her role as Mrs Danver (Lady Holiday), she even won Emmy Award in category PBS Masterpiece miniseries Rebecca.
With all the movies or television work she was doing, no one can stop her to return to the theatre. Jonathan Kent a theatre director said “Diana Rigg’s combination of force of personality, beauty, courage and sheer emotional power, made her a great classical actress. Her dazzling wit and that inimitable voice made her an unforgettable leading figure in British theatre.”
Playwright David Hare wrote in the statement provided to NPR that
“Diana Rigg had a dazzling change of direction in middle age as a great classical actor. When Emma Peel played Euripides’ Medea, Albee’s Martha, and Brecht’s Mother Courage she swept all before her.”
Rest in Peace Diana Rigg. Our Condolences to the Family and Friends