“It’s with large disappointment that we announce that Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning,” her agent Simon Beresford mentioned in an announcement. “She was at residence along with her household who’ve requested for privateness at this troublesome time.”
Her daughter Rachael Stirling mentioned her mom died peacefully in her sleep after she was identified with most cancers in March. She mentioned her mom “spent her final months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of affection, laughter and a deep delight in her career.”
“I’ll miss her past phrases,” Stirling added.
Rigg, who received an Emmy award in 1997 for her efficiency as Mrs Danvers in “Rebecca” and a Tony award for enjoying the title character in “Medea,” was additionally a Bond woman in 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
Extra not too long ago, Rigg discovered fame with a brand new era of followers as Girl Olenna Tyrell in “Sport of Thrones,” however maybe her most definitive function was undercover agent Emma Peel in “The Avengers,” within the basic sequence that was later tailored into the 1998 film starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.
Rigg was twice Emmy-nominated for her 1965-68 stint enjoying the catsuit-wearing, kickass spy reverse Patrick Macnee’s bowler-hatted and besuited agent John Steed.She received a particular BAFTA (British Academy of Movie and Tv Arts) award in 2000, alongside Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Linda Thorson, who all appeared within the sequence.Rigg additionally received a BAFTA in 1990 for her half in TV sequence “Mom Love.”
‘Flinty, fearless, fabulous’
Daniel Craig, amongst others, known as Rigg’s Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo among the finest Bond women of all time. The one lady to truly marry Bond, di Vicenzo is killed shortly after they tie the knot in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
George Lazenby, who performed James Bond within the film, paid tribute on Instagram to Rigg and the “memorable cinema second” that got here when her character died.
“She undoubtedly raised my appearing recreation after we made On Her Majesty’s Secret Service collectively in 1968-9,” he wrote. “We had enjoyable collectively on the set of the film in Switzerland and Portugal. Her depth of expertise actually helped me.
“As my new bride, Tracy Bond, I wept for her loss. Now, upon listening to of Dame Diana’s dying, I weep once more. My deepest condolences for her household.”
Actor and author Mark Gatiss, who additionally appeared in “Sport of Thrones” and wrote a “Physician Who” episode for Rigg and her daughter, tweeted: “It was my nice pleasure and privilege to have recognized Diana Rigg. From three barely hysterical months on the Previous Vic in ‘All About Mom’ to writing The Crimson Horror for Diana and her fantastic daughter Rachael. Flinty, fearless, fabulous. There’ll by no means be one other. RIP.”
Edgar Wright, who directed Rigg within the upcoming movie “Final Night time in Soho,” tweeted: “What to say about Diana Rigg? I may discuss her unbelievable profession, however for now I am going to simply say as a lifelong fan, it was past a thrill to work along with her on her closing movie. She exceeded all my highest expectations, so blazingly proficient, fiery & humorous. Miss you already Dame D.”
CNN’s Todd Leopold, Vasco Cotovio and Simon Cullen contributed to this report.