July 20, 2012


Happy Birthday to Dame Diana Rigg. Diana was born on this day in 1938. At twenty-seven, she began filming a two-year television role as Mrs Peel on The Avengers. Bringing her delectable charm and panache to the program, she defined mid-1960s style and liberation. Incidentally, her character's name, Emma Peel, stood for "M-an appeal." Her gravitas as an actress also won her the lead female role in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), often chosen by 007 fans as the best film in the series. Diana has had a long and successful stage and screen career since the spy boom of the 1960s. Making a return to cult TV, she will appear next year with her daughter on Doctor Who. Today is Avengers day on Spy Vibe. Check out our post about fashion designer John Bates, who defined Rigg's look starting in the 1965-1966 season. Many happy returns, Diana!

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