‘Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Diana Rigg Dies at 82
Diana Rigg, British icon of the 1960s, has died at the age of 82.
Rigg is best remembered for her turn as no-nonsense secret agent Emma Peel in the 1965 series “The Avengers,” as well as a memorable role as Olenna Tyrell on “Game of Thrones.” The actress was diagnosed with cancer in March and her agent released a statement to the BBC saying she was surrounded by friends and family when she passed.Rigg came to define the era known as the “Swingin’ Sixties” in London, both in terms of fashion and for the characters she played.
Her role as Emma Peel came to be one of the first depictions of feminism for many, though Rigg often courted controversy later in life for her comments decrying the feminist movement and refusing to participate in it.
Regardless, her turn as Emma Peel, as well as her later performance as James Bond’s only wife,
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