‘Game of Thrones’ actress Diana Rigg passes away at 82

In the tragic death spree of celebrities in 2020, the unfortunate news comes from the demise of Game of Thrones actress Dame Diana Rigg.

The news broke out on Thursday from various social media accounts, including the official Game of Thrones account.

Her daughter and actress Rachael Stirling said that Rigg was diagnosed with cancer back in March, according to a report by BBC.

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

Furthermore, Rigg is the only actress who played the role of Mrs. James Bond. Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid their tribute to the late actress via Twitter, respectively.

Samuel West, who worked alongside the veteran actress in All creatures Great and Small, said that thinking of his friend dying does not make any sense as she lived the “hell out of everyone.”

Dame Diana Rigg: early life and career

According to articles by BBC, Rigg was born on July 20, 1938, near Doncaster, England. As a child, she traveled to colonial India with her father, who worked as a railway engineer for the Maharaja of Bikaner.

After leaving school in 1955, she trained as an actress at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She made her professional debut in a production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, which was a part of the 1957 York Festival.

In 1965, she played the role of Pussy Galore in the TV series The Avengers. She got this life-changing role after Honor Blackman departed from the program.

Her role in The Avengers was a defining moment for her career: she became an icon for the feminist movement while gathering a lot of male admirers as well.

Rigg was always a shy and private person who doesn’t like to be around in crowds and paparazzi.

Apart from exuding excellence on her first project, she is known for her roles in hit movies in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and even today.

Dame Diana Rigg: achievements

The veteran actress bagged several Best Actress awards to her feat, like the British Academy Television Award, Tony Award, Prime Time Emmy Award, and many more.

In 2019, concerning her role in Game of Thrones series as Olenna Tyrell, Rigg said in an interview that she liked playing the evil character and being disliked by the audience more than her kind-hearted roles.

Rigg is indeed a legend in the entertainment industry, leading for her several co-actors took to social media in the past few days to share their experiences with the actress.

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