Diana Rigg(1938-2020), Actress
Dame Diana Rigg
Sitter in 6 portraits
Rigg spent her early years in Jodhpur, India, and at the age of eight was sent to school in England. Upon leaving school she enrolled at RADA, then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959. She found success in theatre, film and television. In 1965 she captured the popular imagination as Emma Peel in the British television series The Avengers. Rigg's performances in Medea at Wyndham's Theatre (1992), in Mother Courage at the National Theatre (1995) and in Phèdre and Britannicus at the Albery (1998) won her great critical acclaim. She was created a Dame in 1994.
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by Frank Oglesbee
vintage print, 1960s
- Rachael Stirling (daughter)
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