Theater, film, and TV star Diana Rigg dead from cancer at 82: Report

A longtime star of television, film, and stage has died after a battle with cancer, according to reports.

Diana Rigg, 82, died on Thursday, her daughter Rachael Stirling confirmed in a public statement.

A lifetime of entertainment

The New York Times commemorated her storied entertainment career in an obituary, noting that she first gained widespread fame for her portrayal of Emma Peel in the 1960s British crimefighter series The Avengers.

In 1969, she starred in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, portraying the daughter of a crime boss who has the distinction of being the only Bond girl to marry the legendary spy in any of the many 007 films.

Younger fans will remember her for playing Lady Olenna Tyrell for several seasons of the HBO drama Game of Thrones.

Born in the United Kingdom in 1938, Rigg spent part of her childhood in India and returned to the U.K. to attend school. At the age of 17, she enrolled in an academy that sparked her acting career just two years later.

Aside from TV and film roles, Rigg also had starring roles in dozens of theater productions over the years and amassed numerous awards for her performances.

Tributes from fans and costars flood in

In 1988, Rigg was named a commander of the Order of the British Empire. Six years later, she became a dame commander.

Stirling, Rigg’s daughter with second husband Archibald Stirling, confirmed that her mother was diagnosed with cancer in March, noting that she “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession,” according to the BBC.

Fans and colleagues alike offered their condolences and fond memories in response to the news.

The official Twitter account of the James Bond franchise posted a tribute describing her as a “legendary stage and screen actress who was much beloved” by fans of the film in which she starred.

George Lazenby, who portrayed 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, wrote that he was “so sad” to hear of Rigg’s passing, echoing the sentiment of audiences and actors around the world who admired her decades of commitment to the craft. She will certainly be missed.

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