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Acting Great Dame Diana Rigg Passes On

Acting Great Dame Diana Rigg Passes On

“I’m all for the women who speak out, and I’m very glad that they now have a platform to speak out.” Diana Rigg

I first fell in love with Diana Rigg in The Avengers. Emma Peale was the girl who had it all; smarts, looks and the ability to kick butt, with class. She walked away with Bafta’s, Emmy’s and Tony awards for her contributions.

I had the greatest of pleasure seeing her on stage as Medea, Albee’s Martha, Abelard And Heloise and Brecht’s Mother Courage. I followed her as Lady Olenna Tyrell, on Game of Thrones. I missed seeing her in the National Theatre, where she played major roles in Phedre, Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers, The Misanthrope, Pygmalion, Antony And Cleopatra and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.

I still have Mrs Pumphrey in the 2020 adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small – which aired last night on Channel 5 to look forward to watching. Rigg also won worldwide acclaim for her turn as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969, which I some how missed. 

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Ms Rigg joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1959. She was immediately cast in The Taming Of The Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and King Lear.

Made a dame in 1994, she revealed that early in her career at the hands of a powerful’ film director she was abused and was paid less than her male counterparts.

Taking aim at the non too kind reviews Ms Rigg produced a book of the worst-ever theatrical reviews, entitled No Turn Unstoned. It was a best-seller.  

Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning, with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time. She was 82 and had been battling cancer since March.  

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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