Her wrinkles are on full display, and she's otherwise covered from chin to toe in medieval costume. You cannot take your eyes off her when she's on screen. She's strong and in control without ever raising her voice, this one.
|Diana plays a woman to be reckoned with. Source.|
Diana Rigg started acting in film in 1959, but took her ride to international fame as Mrs. Peel on The Avengers television series from 1965 to 1968. While unmistakably alluring, Mrs. Peel was also brilliant and capable. From Wiki:
[Mrs. Peel]is a heroine; she is rarely bested in any fight and is capable of rescuing [her partner John]Steed if he is in trouble. She is a master of martial arts and a formidable fencer. A certified genius, she specializes in chemistry and other sciences.
Her wardrobe is remembered mainly for black leather catsuits, but she only wore them for her first season. She later wore stretchy jersey jumpsuits in a variety of colors, as well as cutting-edge 60's fashions. A line of jumpsuits called "Emma-peelers" was created to capitalize on her popularity.
|She told the show's costume designer she didn't like wearing leather, so they switched to stretch jersey.|
|Wearing some very cool 60's mod styles. Check the boots. With her co-star, Patrick Macnee|
|At 75, she's still lovely. She's said she had her eyes "done" in her 40's, but no|
plastic surgery since. Photo: Heathcliff O'Malley for the Telegraph.
She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, so she's more properly addressed as Dame Diana Rigg. I love that. She's worked steadily on stage, in films, and on television to the present, and I hope to watch her for many more years.
Her thoughts about quitting: "I don't want to retire. I never want to retire. What's the point of it?"
And my favorite Mrs. Peel quote, still applicable in any dire circumstance: "Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds"
Cheers to a fabulous actress, still working her craft and making waves.