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Diana Riggs,star of “Game of Thrones” dies at 82

British actress Diana Rigg, famous for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones has died at the age of 82.

Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell

Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said she died of cancer, after being diagnosed in March.

“She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession,” she added.

Rigg, who won an Emmy award in 1997 for her performance as Mrs Danvers in Rebecca and a Tony award for playing the title character in Medea, was also a Bond girl in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.She was the only woman to ever marry James Bond.
George Lazenby, who played James Bond in the movie, paid tribute on Instagram to Rigg and the memorable cinema moment that came when her character died.

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I'm so sad to hear of the death of Diana Rigg. She undoubtedly raised my acting game when we made On Her Majesty's Secret Service together in 1968-9. I remember the press conference at the Dorchester in London, knowing she was going to play my wife. We had fun together on the set of the movie in Switzerland and Portugal. Her depth of experience really helped me. We were good friends on set. Much was made of our supposed differences but that was the Press looking for a news story. I was sorry to have lost my wife in the film at the end. The death of Contessa Teresa di Vincenzo Draco created a memorable cinema moment over 50 years ago. As my new bride, Tracy Bond, I wept for her loss. Now, upon hearing of Dame Diana's death, I weep again. My deepest condolences for her family. Love George xx

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Her most definitive role would have to be as  secret agent Emma Peel in The Avengers series that was later adapted into the 1998 movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.
Rigg won a special BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award in 2000, alongside Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Linda Thorson, who all appeared in the series.
Rigg also won a BAFTA in 1990 for her part in TV series Mother Love.
Patrick Macnee as John Steed and Rigg as Emma Peel in The Avengers (pictured in 1965)
She is survived by her daughter Racheal Stirling
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