Thursday, May 30, 2024

RIP Diana Rigg, the Once and Forever Emma Peel from “The Avengers,” Star of “Game of Thrones,” Great Stage Star


Diana Rigg, the gifted and beloved stage, TV and movie star has died in the UK at age 82.

Rigg is permanently lodged in the firmament of the culture playing Emma Peel, lady spy, in “The Avengers”
TV series from the 60s. There was nothing like her knee high leather boots, carrying her Lugar.

More recently, she was the sensationally evil Olenna Tyrell on “Game of Thrones,” making life hell for everyone.

In between, there was an incredible career full of awards and performances of all kinds. She was a Bond girl in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

In America she had nine Emmy nominations and one win in 1997. She won a Tony Award in 1994 for “Medea” and had three other nominations for her work on Broadway. Her British awards are endless.

Here’s her BBC obit.

What do we owe to Diana Rigg? Everything from Chrissie Hynde in her Pretenders video for “Don’t Get Me Wrong” to Anna Devane on “General Hospital.” What a life, what a career!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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