Diana Rigg, star of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Avengers,’ passes away at 82

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Diana Rigg, star of 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Avengers,' dies at 82

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Emmy acclaimed British starlet Diana Rigg, who starred as Olenna Tyrell in “Game of Thrones” and Emma Peel in “The Avengers” TELEVISION series, has actually passed away, her child validated Thursday. She was 82.

“My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family,” Rachael Stirling stated in a declaration. “She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words.”

Diana Rigg gets the Icon Award in Cannes, France, on April 5, 2019.Valery Hache / AFP through Getty Images file

Calling her “an icon of theater, film, and television,” Simon Beresford, Rigg’s representative, stated in a declaration that she was “a much loved and admired member of her profession, a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors.”

He included that Rigg would be “greatly missed.”

Rigg was chosen for 9 prime-time Emmy Awards, winning exceptional supporting starlet in a miniseries or unique in 1997 for her function as Mrs. Danvers in “Rebecca.” The Emmy came 7 years after she won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for her efficiency in the four-part drama “Mother Love.”

Rigg, a well-known phase starlet, was likewise chosen for 3 Tony awards, winning finest lead starlet in a play in 1994 for her function in “Medea.”

She was produced a dame — the equivalent of knighthood for guys — in 1994 for services to drama.

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel in the tv series “The Avengers” in 1964.Hulton Deutsch / Corbis through Getty Images

Early in her profession, Rigg ended up being popular for her function as Emma Peel in the TELEVISION series “The Avengers.” She likewise played Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, James Bond’s spouse, in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” It is the only time the imaginary British spy has actually been wed.

More just recently, Rigg played Olenna Tyrell in “Game of Thrones.”

Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell in “Game of Thrones.”HBO

John Bradley, who starred together with her, explained Rigg as “just wonderful” in a homage on Twitter.

“You all knew that already,” he composed. “Everybody did. Very sad news.”

Playwright Tom Stoppard likewise paid homage.

“For half her life, Diana was the most beautiful woman in the room but she was what used to be called a trooper,” he stated in a declaration. “She went to work with her sleeves rolled up and a smile for everyone.”

His fellow playwright David Hare stated in a declaration that Rigg “had a dazzling change of direction in middle age as a great classical actor.”

He included that “her talent was luminous.”

Catie Monteiro contributed.



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