First it was Chadwick Boseman, our beloved T’challa, and now the year that will live in infamy has taken Diana Rigg, AKA our beloved Lady Olenna Tyrell as well. According to her daughter, she had been diagnosed with cancer this past March and she spent the last few months of her life reflecting on her accomplishments and genuinely being proud of her career.
And oh, what a career it was!
She was the first bond girl ever to end up as Mrs. James Bond when she married George Lazenby’s incarnation of the character in 1969’s “On her Majesty’s Secret Service”, when Lazenby heard of her passing he was “so sad”.
She also played Emma Peel in The Avengers TV series. But most recently, we knew her as our Lady of Sass in Westeros, Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.
Actress Diana Rigg dies at age 82
Out of all of the scenes that Diana Rigg played Olenna in, the Game of Thrones twitter chose to immortalize “Be a Dragon” on their twitter as their tribute to her. Although, if you look up any of Olenna Tyrell’s scenes in Game of Thrones, you’re finding a goldmine, the woman was a legend.
Not only was she a legend in her field, but she was also made a CBE in 1988 and a Dame in 1994 for her services to drama. In 1957 she made her professional stage debut at the Caucasian Chalk Circle, and in 1959 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Her Broadway debut came in 1971 in the play Abelard and Heloise. In 1989 she wona BAFTA TV Award for her film Mother Love, and in 1997 she won an Emmy for her portrayal of Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca.
She was also known for her othere television role in Dr. Who in the episode “The Crimson Horror” (2013) where she played alongside her daughter, Rachael Stirling. In Feburary of 2018 she returned to Broadway in the non-singing role of Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, which she thought was a “lovely idea”
I think its safe tobsay that they certainly don’t make them like her anymore. She will always be remembered and very sorely missed in Hollywood. Now if 2020 can just… stop, please? Thanks.
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