Crappy ass news to report as British actress Diana Rigg has passed away today. Her illustrious career spanned 60 years working in film, television, and theater. She passed away in her sleep at her home in London. She was 82.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning,” her agent Simon Beresford said in a statement. “She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”
Her daughter Rachael Stirling said her mother died peacefully in her sleep after she was diagnosed with cancer in March. She said her mother “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession.”
“I will miss her beyond words,” Stirling added.
Rigg was probably best known for portraying secret agent Emma Peel alongside the debonaire Patrick Macnee in the British television series, The Avengers (1965-1968). The series was later adapted for the big screen in 1998 starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.
Another notable role for her was as a Bond girl in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service alongside George Lazenby. She is notable as the only woman in the series to have married James Bond.
Rigg won an Emmy award in 1997 for her performance as Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca and a Tony award for playing the title character in Medea.
She won a special BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award in 2000, alongside Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley, and Linda Thorson, who all appeared in The Avengers. Rigg also won a BAFTA in 1990 for her part in the TV series Mother Love.
Rigg was made a British Dame in 1994 for her services to Drama.
Genre fans know her for appearing alongside Vincent Price in 1973’s Theater of Blood and in Doctor Who (2013).
More recently, Rigg found a new following of fans as Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones. Her final role was in the upcoming horror film, Last Night In Soho, directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver).
It is with great sadness that we now mourn Dame Diana Rigg. She was a great beauty, talent, and ray of sunshine in the world of cinema, television, and stage. She will be greatly missed.
All of us at Horror Patch would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Ms. Riggs family and friends during this time.
Rest In Peace Dame Diana Rigg Born: July 20, 1938 – Died: September 10, 2020