Rest in peace Lady Olenna; you’ll be missed!
Actress Dame Diana Rigg, widely known for starring in the 1960s British thriller series The Avengers, died on Thursday at the age of 82 in London. She was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year in March, according to her daughter and actress Racheal Stirling.
“My beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family,” Stirling wrote. “She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and great pride in her profession.”
In the Avengers, Rigg played Emma peel with a particularly dangerous style that fitted with her buttoned-up husband, John Steed, portrayed by Patrick Macnee.
More recently, she was nominated four times for Emmy for her portrayal of Ollenna Tyrell in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Originally, she worked as a stage actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In an interview with NPR in 1991, she said that she loved seeing the faces of her audiences while performing for them.
“They are my inspiration, I absolutely adore it,” she said. “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 was a diversified actor and featured in a variety of movies and series. She portrayed the only woman to get James Bond to the altar in 1969 on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She played the role of Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper. She also won an Emmy for her portal of Mrs. Danvers on the PBS Masterpiece miniseries Rebecca.
Sherlock writer and actor Mark Gatiss remembered working with her, while Stephen Merchant recalled one of his scenes with her from his show Extras.
Edgar Wright, Baby Driver director, said it was “beyond a thrill to work with her on her final film”- the forthcoming Last Night in Soho.
She loved theatre beyond anything! Despite being a popular on-screen actor, she always returned to theatre.
“Her dazzling wit and that inimitable voice made her an unforgettable leading figure in British theater,” said theater director Jonathan Kend.