Avengers Star Diana Rigg Dies at 82

Avengers Star Diana Rigg Dies at 82

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British actress Diana Rigg, who came to fame in the cult 1960s TV show "The Avengers" and enjoyed a distinguished and varied career on stage and screen from James Bond to "Game of Thrones", died on Thursday aged 82.

"She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this hard time", he added, calling her "an icon of theatre, film and television". Succeeding Julie Stevens and Honor Blackman as Steed's sidekick, Emma Peel became an instant sex symbol in the 60's.

Diana Rigg played the famous role of Emma Peel in Avenger which involve some unsafe flair to it.

Many, of course, will know her from the great role of her later years: the sly, peevish Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones.

The acclaimed classical actress, loved by millions as the catsuit-wearing, karate-kicking Emma Peel, was diagnosed with cancer in March. "The realm will always remember Diana Rigg".

"I will miss her beyond words", she added.

The award-winning actress was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

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Star Trek icon George Takei declared on Twitter, "The screen and stage has lost a giant, Dame Diana Rigg, at age 82".

Rigg's technical range and indeed the length of her career were remarkable.

"As Emma Peel in The Avengers in the mid 60s, she was my first great crush".

A Doncaster native, Diana Rigg was born Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg on the 20th of July in 1938.

James Bond, played by George Lazenby, pictured marrying Tracey played by Diana Rigg during the filming of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" Estoril, Portugal, 30th April 1969.

She won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role in Medea, an Emmy Award for her role as Mrs Danvers in a 1997 adaptation of Rebecca, and a Bafta for Best Actress for her work in BBC miniseries Mother Love (1989). Eventually, she got her mother to reply to the more lascivious ones with: "My daughter's far too old for you". Ever ready with a cutting remark and seemingly two steps ahead of even her most conniving rivals, Rigg's performance balancing humour and that penchant for a pitch-perfect delivery of the sassiest responses Westeros could offer instantly made her a fan-favourite, right until her final appearances.

She has also appeared in episodes of popular shows like Doctor Who and Victoria, and has starred in a variety of TV movies.

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