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Acting legend Dame Diana Rigg dies at the age of 82


Acting legend Dame Diana Rigg, who starred in The Avengers and was a Bond girl on Her Majesty's Secret Service, dies at the age of 82

  • Dame Diana Rigg has died at the age of 82
  • The British actress made a name for herself in Hollywood films such as The Avengers
  • Perhaps best known for playing as a Bond girl on Her Majesty's Secret Service

Dame Diana Rigg has died at the age of 82.

The British actress made a name for herself in the original 1961 television series The Avengers, as well as All Creatures Great and Small and Game of Thrones.

She also received worldwide recognition for her role as a Bond girl on Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969.

Last year Dame Diana announced that she had a “me too moment” early in her career from a “powerful” film director.

On Newsnight, the actress said she welcomed the rise of the #MeToo movement in recent years based on her own experience as a young actress.

Dame Diana – who also starred in the original 1961 television series The Avengers – also spoke about how she felt like a "lonely voice" after discovering she was paid less than her male co-stars.

The British actress made a name for herself in films like The Avengers

Hard times: Diana Rigg announced that she had a "Me Too-Moment" at the beginning of her career from a "powerful" film director

Hard times: Diana Rigg announced that she had a "Me Too-Moment" at the beginning of her career from a "powerful" film director

In 2019, Dame Diana, who played Tyrell matriarch Olenna on Game Of Thrones, spoke to the BBC: “I had an experience I won't talk about but when I was very young with a director who was very powerful.

“I just barely acknowledged that it happened. I think contempt is a pretty powerful tool. I would urge women to disdain whenever possible because it kind of scorches the gentleman. & # 39;

"I am everything for the women who speak up, and I am very happy that they now have a platform to speak up."

Rough: Speaking on Newsnight, she said, "I had an experience that I won't talk about, but when I was very young with a director who was very powerful."

Rough: Speaking on Newsnight, she said, "I had an experience that I won't talk about, but when I was very young with a director who was very powerful."

During her time with the Avengers – when she played Emma Peel from 1965 to 1968 – the star was stunned to find she was being paid significantly less than her male co-stars and threatened to quit unless the producers gave her one Raise.

Bosses on the show signed up thanks to the show's incredible following in America.

She added, “I was a lonely voice in the wilderness, no one supported me. Pat Macnee held his head well under the parapet when I stepped forward and said, "I think it's totally wrong that I'm paid less than the cameraman."

“Of course I was then painted as that kind of mercenary, stubborn and greedy and all the rest of it. But it felt unfair, so I spoke out.

"I've always thought that with equal pay you are far from being treated equally by a man."

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