Diana Rigg first beguiled baby boomers in the ’60s as Emma Peel on The Avengers. Half a century later she was charming millennials as “Princess Olenna Tyrell” on Game of Thrones. Rigg, who died of cancer September 10 at the age of 82, had not only the ability to transcend generations but genres as well, moving effortlessly from the stage to film and then to television, making those transitions all her life. Respected on the stage, famous on screens large and small, but never troubled by the constraints of celebrity—her private life remained pretty much just that, and she never suffered from overexposure, never wore out her welcome. It’s strange that people ever asked, “What happened to Diana Rigg?” although over five decades the question did arise, and more than once. Strange, because she was there the whole time. As recently as 2018, she was doing both theater and television at the same time—playing Henry Higgins’ mother in the Broadway production of My Fair Lady and portraying the cunning yet engaging Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones on HBO. In and out of the shadows, on and off stage, she was always turning up in unexpected places, as when she… Read full this story
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