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Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg (Contessa Teresa de Vicenzo) in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (film) (1969).
Birth name Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg
Born 20 July 1938 (1938-07-20) (age 69)
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
Spouse(s) Archibald Stirling 1982-1990
Menachem Gueffen 1973-1976

Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg DBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She is probably best known for her portrayals of Emma Peel in The Avengers and Tracy Bond in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Image File history File links Diana3. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... For other places with the same name, see Doncaster (disambiguation). ... South Yorkshire is a metropolitan and ceremonial county in the Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region of England, in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The 2000 British Academy Television Awards were held on Sunday May 14, 2000. ... The Avengers is a British 1960s television series featuring secret agents in a fantasy 1960s Britain. ... An Emmy Award. ... This is a list of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winners: 1979: Esther Rolle - Summer of My German Soldier 1980: Mare Winningham - Amber Waves 1981: Jane Alexander - Playing for Time 1982: Penny Fuller - The Elephant Man 1983: Jean Simmons - The Thorn Birds... Rebecca is a 1997, Emmy Award-winning TV film directed by Jim OBrien, based on a novel by the same name by Daphne Du Maurier. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... The Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play is awarded to the actress who was voted as the best actress in a play, whether a new production or a revival. ... This article is about the Greek mythological figure. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Image:AvengersBook1. ... The Avengers is a British 1960s television series featuring secret agents in a fantasy 1960s Britain. ... Tracy Bond (born Teresa Draco, aka Countess Teresa di Vicenzo) is a fictional character in the James Bond film and novel On Her Majestys Secret Service (OHMSS). ... // Cannes Film Festival opens, but closes in support of a French general strike without awarding any prizes. ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

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Early life

Rigg was born in the South Yorkshire town of Doncaster[1], to Louis Rigg and Beryl Helliwell; her father was a railway engineer who had been born in Yorkshire. She lived in India between the ages of two and eight[1] and then attended the Moravian school in Fulneck, near Pudsey. Rigg spent many years of her childhood in Bikaner, India, where her father was employed as a Railroad Executive. Rigg still speaks fluent Hindi. South Yorkshire is a metropolitan and ceremonial county in the Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region of England, in the United Kingdom. ... For other places with the same name, see Doncaster (disambiguation). ... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Fulneck school is a private, boarding school situated in the Fulneck Moravian Settlement in Pudsey in Leeds, England. ... Fulneck Moravian Settlement is a Moravian village near Pudsey in the city of Leeds, England. ... Photo of Pudsey Parish Church For other uses, see Pudsey (disambiguation). ... , Bikaner is a city in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan in western India. ...


Career

Rigg is particularly known for her role in the British 1960s television series The Avengers, where she played the sexy secret agent Emma Peel. Her career in film, television and the theatre has been wide-ranging, including roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1959 and 1964. Her professional debut was in The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1955, aged 17. A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Avengers is a British 1960s television series featuring secret agents in a fantasy 1960s Britain. ... Image:AvengersBook1. ... Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a British theatre company. ... The Caucasian Chalk Circle is one of Bertolt Brechts most important plays and one of the most regularly performed German plays. ...


Rigg tried out for the role of Emma Peel on a whim, without ever having seen the programme. Although she was hugely successful in the role, she did not like the lack of privacy that television brought. She also did not like the way that she was treated by ABC Weekend TV; after a dozen episodes she discovered that she was being paid less than the cameraman. Associated British Corporation (otherwise known as ABC Television or ABC Weekend TV) was one of a number of commercial television companies set up in the 1950s by cinema chains in an attempt to safeguard their business by getting involved in television which was taking away their cinema audiences. ...


For the second series she held out for a raise in pay (from GB£90 to GB£180 weekly), but there was still no question of her staying for a third year. Patrick Macnee, her co-star in the series, noted that Rigg had later told him that she considered Macnee and her driver to be her only friends on the set.[2] After leaving The Avengers she appeared as the title character in the telemovie The Marquise, which was based on a play by Noel Coward. “GBP” redirects here. ... “GBP” redirects here. ... Patrick Macnee (born Daniel Patrick Macnee on February 6, 1922 in London) is an English born American actor. ... Noël Peirce Coward (December 16, 1899 – March 26, 1973) was an Academy Award winning English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music. ...


She also returned to the stage, including playing two Tom Stoppard leads, Ruth Carson in Night and Day and Dorothy Moore in Jumpers. A nude scene with Keith Michell in Abelard and Heloise led to a notorious description of her as 'built like a brick mausoleum with insufficient flying buttresses', by the crude and acerbic critic John Simon. Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE (born as Tomáš Straussler on July 3, 1937)[1] is an Academy Award winning British playwright of more than 24 plays. ... Night and Day was a 1978 play by Tom Stoppard. ... Keith Michell (born 1 December 1928) is an Australian actor. ... John Simon (born Ivan Simon on May 12, 1925, in Subotica, Serbia) is a Serbian-American author and literary, theater, and film critic. ...


In 1982, she appeared in a musical called Colette, based on the life of the French writer and created by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, but it closed during an American tour en route to Broadway. In 1986, she took a leading role in the West End production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies. The Black Crook (1866) is considered the first musical comedy Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Colette Colette [1] [2] was the pen name of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (January 28, 1873 – August 3, 1954). ... Tom Jones (born in 1928 in Texas) is lyricist of musical theatre, best known for the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks, which has been running off-Broadway since 1960. ... Harvey Schmidt (born Texas, 1929) is a writer of musical theatre, best known for the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks, which has been running off-Broadway since 1960. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. ...


On the big screen she became a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), playing Tracy Bond, James Bond's only wife. Throughout the filming of the movie, there were rumors that the experience was not a happy one, owing to a personality clash with Bond actor George Lazenby. The rumors may have arisen from a reporter witnessing her tell Lazenby she was eating garlic for lunch, before a love scene between the two; however, both Diana and Lazenby have denied the claims, and both wrote off the garlic comment as a joke. Her other films include The Assassination Bureau (1969), The Hospital (1971), Theatre of Blood (a film she considers to contain her best work) (1973), and A Little Night Music (1977). She also appeared as Lady Holiday in the 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper. A Bond Girl is a character or actress portraying a love interest or sex object of James Bond in a film, novel or video game. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Tracy Bond (born Teresa Draco, aka Countess Teresa di Vicenzo) is a fictional character in the James Bond film and novel On Her Majestys Secret Service (OHMSS). ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... George Robert Lazenby (born September 5, 1939) is an Australian actor best known for portraying James Bond only once in the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majestys Secret Service. ... The Assassination Bureau is a tongue-in-cheek film made in 1969 based on an unfinished book, by Jack London. ... The Hospital is a 1971 black comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller and starring George C. Scott as Dr. Herbert Bock. ... DVD cover of Theatre of Blood Theatre of Blood was a 1973 horror film starring Vincent Price as vengeful actor Edward Lionheart and Diana Rigg as his daughter Edwina Lionheart. ... A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. ... The Great Muppet Caper is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ...


In the 1980s, after reading stinging reviews of a stage performance she had given, Rigg was inspired to compile the worst theatrical reviews she could find into a tongue-in-cheek (and best-selling) compilation, entitled No Turn Unstoned. In 1982 she received acclaim for her performance as Arlena Marshall in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun. In 1984, she appeared in a public television production of King Lear, starring Sir Laurence Olivier in the title role, as as Regan, the king's treacherous second daughter. In 1988, she played the Wicked Queen in the Cannon adaption of Snow White. In 1989, she played Helena Vesey in Mother Love for the BBC; her superb portrayal of an obsessive mother who was prepared to do anything, even murder, to keep control of her son won Diana the 1989 BAFTA for best actress. No Turn Unstoned is a collection of the worst theatrical reviews in history compiled by Diana Rigg, most famous as Mrs. ... King Lear and the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce (1806-1864) King Lear is a play by William Shakespeare, considered one of his greatest tragedies, based on the legend of King Lear of Britain. ... Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, (IPA: ; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Snow White is a 1987 film based on the classic fairytale and released as part of the Cannon Movie Tales series. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...


In 1986, she presented the Scottish Television series Held in Trust, which focused on the work of the National Trust for Scotland and some of its most famous treasures. STV is the brand used by both ITV licensees in Northern and Central Scotland, formerly known as Grampian TV (now legally STV North Ltd. ... The standard of the NTS The National Trust for Scotland, or NTS, describes itself as The conservation charity that protects and promotes Scotlands natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy. ...


In the 1990s, she had triumphs with roles at the Almeida Theatre in Islington, including Medea in 1993 (for which she received the Best Actress Tony Award), Mother Courage in 1995 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1996. On television she has appeared as Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca and as the brilliant amateur detective Mrs. Bradley in The Mrs Bradley Mysteries. Founded in 1980, the Almeida Theatre has become one of the key theatres in London. ... , Islington is the central district of the London Borough of Islington. ... Medea is a tragedy written by Euripides, based on the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC. Along with the plays Philoctetes, Dictys and Theristai, which were all entered as a group, it won the third prize (out of three) at the Dionysia festival. ... Mother Courage (German Mutter Courage) is a character from a Grimmelshausen novel Lebensbeschreibung der Ertzbetrügerin und Landstörtzerin Courasche (The Runagate Courage) dating from around 1670. ... For the 1966 film adaptation, see Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (film) Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play by Edward Albee that opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater on October 13, 1962. ... Rebecca is a 1997, Emmy Award-winning TV film directed by Jim OBrien, based on a novel by the same name by Daphne Du Maurier. ... The Mrs. ...


In this series, first aired in 2000, she played Gladys Mitchell's detective, Dame Beatrice Adela Le Strange Bradley, an eccentric old woman who worked for Scotland Yard as a pathologist. The series was not a critical success and did not return for a second season. Gladys Mitchell (April 19, 1901 – July 27, 1983) was an English author best known for her creation of Mrs. ... New Scotland Yard, London New Scotland Yard, it blowwsssss often referred to simply as Scotland Yard or The Yard, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for policing Greater London (although not the City of London itself). ...


From 1989 until 2003, she hosted the PBS television series Mystery!, taking over from Vincent Price, her co-star from Theatre of Blood. Her TV career in America has been varied; most famously she starred in her own series Diana, but it was not successful. Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Mystery! (also written MYSTERY!) is a long-running television series in the USA, which airs on PBS and is produced by WGBH. The show has brought a large number of detective series and television movies - most of them British productions from the BBC or various ITV companies - to air on... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ...


Rigg has continued to perform on stage in London, the latest play being a drama entitled Honour which had a limited but successful run in 2006.


Although she does not consider herself a singer, her performances in A Little Night Music, Follies and other stage musicals have been well received by audiences and critics alike. She made a highly memorable appearance with Morecambe and Wise in 1976, in which she played Nell Gwynne in a musical pastiche, joining Eric and Ernie to sing “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life?”. A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. ... Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. ... Morecambe and Wise Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe OBE and Ernie Wise OBE. The act lasted four decades until Morecambes retirement, shortly before his death in 1984. ... Nell Gwyn (or Gwynn or Gwynne), was born Eleanor Gwynne, (February 1650 - 14 November 1687), the most famous of the many mistresses of King Charles II, was called pretty, witty Nell by Samuel Pepys. ... Eric and Ernie are the first names of legendary British comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, popular on UK Television during the 1960s and 1970s. ...


She also appeared in the second season of Ricky Gervais' hit comedy, Extras, alongside Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. Ricky Dene Gervais (IPA: ) (born June 25, 1961) is an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning British comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire. ... Not to be confused with Extra (TV series). ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... Daniel Jacob Radcliffe[3] (born 23 July 1989) is an English film, television and stage actor. ...


She is currently appearing as Huma Rojo in the Old Vic's production of All About My Mother, adapted by Samuel Adamson and based on the film of the same title directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The exterior of the Old Vic from the corner of Baylis Road and Waterloo Road. ... All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) is a 1999 film written and directed by the Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, starring Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan and Penélope Cruz. ... Perico Almodovar Pedro Almodóvar Caballero (pronounced ) (born September 24, 1949 in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain) is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer. ...


Private life

  • Diana Rigg is a Patron of International Care & Relief and was for many years the public face of the charity's child sponsorship scheme.

Philip Saville (sometimes credited as Philip Savile) (born 1929) is a British television director, active in the genre since the late 1950s. ... Archibald Hugh Stirling of Keir (more commonly known as Archie Stirling) is laird of the Keir estate in Perthshire. ... The Scots Guards are a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division, and have a long and proud history stretching back hundreds of years. ... Stirling as the vicars wife in the 2004 TV adaptation of Agatha Christies The Murder at the Vicarage Rachael Atalanta Stirling (born May 30, 1977 in London) is a British actress best known for her performance as Nancy Astley in the BBC drama Tipping the Velvet and also... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Patrick Macnee (born Daniel Patrick Macnee on February 6, 1922 in London) is an English born American actor. ... The Avengers is a British 1960s television series featuring secret agents in a fantasy 1960s Britain. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 4. ... International Care & Relief is an International development charity, based in Tunbridge Wells, England. ... The University of Stirling is a campus university, founded in 1967, in Stirling, Scotland. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Meet... Dame Diana Rigg, BBC South Yorkshire. accessed on 14 July 2006.
  2. ^ J.G. Lane, Diana Rigg Biography, accessed 15 December 2006

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Awards
Preceded by
Greta Scacchi
Rasputin
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
1997
Rebecca
Succeeded by
Mare Winningham
George Wallace

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Dame Diana Rigg (born July 20, 1938) is a British actress.
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Of course, much of the program's appeal derived equally from Macnee's performance as the suave and unflappable John Steed, but he was never better than when paired with Rigg; it is hard to remember or care about the women who preceded and followed her in various incarnations of the series.
As is often the case when a performer abandons a perfect role, Rigg's career after she left The Avengers seems disorganized and unsatisfying.
She was well employed in Theatre of Blood, helping her father Vincent PRICE murder the critics with demure efficiency; and she later proved a serviceable villainess as a witch in The Worst Witch and as the Wicked Queen in a film version of Snow White.
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