Her longtime friend and talent agent, Lionel Larner recently revealed that she gave up peacefully this morning.
According to Lionel, Rigg had been “at home in England with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”
She added that Diana was a beautiful, kind, and generous human being who enhanced the lives of all that knew her.
Her words, “She was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that knew her as well as a great actress. She leaves a great void in my heart.”
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Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, DBE (20 July 1938 – 10 September 2020) was an English actress. She played Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers (1965–1968); Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, wife of James Bond, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969); and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones (2013–2017).
She also enjoyed a career in theatre, including playing the title role in Medea, both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She was made a CBE in 1988 and a Dame in 1994 for services to drama.
Rigg was born in Doncaster which was then in the West Riding of Yorkshire, now in South Yorkshire, in 1938, to Louis Rigg (1903–1968) and Beryl Hilda (née Helliwell; 1908–1981); her father was a railway engineer born in Yorkshire.
Between the ages of two months and eight years, Rigg lived in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, where her father was employed as a railway executive in the Bikaner State Railway. She spoke Hindi as her second language in those years.
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