July 20, 2014

DIANA RIGG AT 76

Happy Birthday to Diana Rigg. Born on this day in 1938, Rigg spent her early years in India. She returned to England at age eight and began her training at RADA in 1955. Her first big break on television was in a 1963 episode of Sentimental Agent. Broadcast two years prior to her debut as Mrs. Emma Peel on The Avengers, the young actress already displayed her trademark gravitas and irresistible intelligence and charm. Following her seasons on The Avengers (1965-1968), Rigg has appeared in numerous stage productions, films, and television shows, including her own series, Diana (1973-1974), and her famous role as a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). She has appeared most recently in Game of Thrones and Doctor Who, and has expressed an interest in returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company. At age  76, she shows no signs of slowing down. "I don't want to retire," she said. "I never want to retire. What's the point of it?" She published a book, No Turn Unstoned, in 1983, and her biography was published in 2004 by Kathleen Tracy. See Spy Vibe's post about Diana Rigg's Shakespeare productions here. Many Happy Returns! 


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