Diana Rigg

20 Jul 1938

Actor

She is more properly known as Dame Diana Rigg, the female equivalent of the title "Sir" when knighted. In June 1994, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her long contributions to theater and film. Earned Tony nominations as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Abelard and Heloise" (1972) and for "The Misanthrope" (1975). She won the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award in 1994 for her performance in the title role of "Medea." In recent years, her performances in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Mother Courage and Her Children" have led critics to proclaim her one of the greatest actresses on the British stage. A savage review from John Simon for her performance in "Abelard and Heloise" led her to collect devastating theatrical reviews throughout history. The result was her book "No Turn Unstoned," published in 1982. Rigg is Chancellor of Stirling University in Scotland. Was recently voted the sexiest-ever TV star by TV Guide in the USA. Mother of Rachael Stirling (born 1977). Measurements: 34-25-36 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). 20 October 2003 - British courts awarded her $63,832 and $134,000 in court expenses in her libel suit against Britain's "Evening Standard" and "Daily Mail" newspapers. They had written that she was an embittered woman who held British men in low regard. She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actress for her performances in both "Britannicus" and "Ph├Ędre.". She was nominated for 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Play of 1996 for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". She was awarded the 1992 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Medea.". She was awarded the 1996 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performances in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Mother Courage.". Born in Yorkshire, the daughter of a railroad engineer, she moved with her family to India at the age of two months and lived there until she was 8. (She learned to speak Hindi.). The first major actor (along with co-star Keith Michell) to appear nude on stage in the production of "Abelard and Heloise" in 1970. Became an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967 and was the first as such to join the National Theatre of Great Britain (1971). Received honorary degrees from Stirling University in 1988 and Leeds University in 1992. Became a Member of the RADA Council. Graduated from RADA. Was forced to turn down the role of Elizabeth in Paint Your Wagon (1969) with Clint Eastwood, due to illness. Jean Seberg replaced her. Father: Louis Rigg. Mother: Beryl Helliwell. Her ex-husband, Archibald Stirling, is the nephew of Colonel Sir David Stirling, founder of the Special Air Service (SAS).

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Filmography (19 titles)

(movie, 2017)
···Breathe
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Lady Neville)
(movie, 2006)
···The Painted Veil
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mother Superior)
(movie, 2001)
···Victoria & Albert
Genre: Drama, Biography, History
Role: Actor (as Baroness Lehzen)
(movie, 1998)
···The American
Role: Actor (as Madame de Bellegarde)
(movie, 1997)
···Rebecca
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Mrs. Danvers)
(movie, 1992)
···Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mme. Colbert)
(mini-series, 1989)
···Mother Love
Role: Actor (as Helena Vesey)
(movie, 1987)
···A Hazard of Hearts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Lady Harriet Vulcan)
(movie, 1987)
···Snow White
Genre: Fantasy, Family, Musical
Role: Actor (as Evil Queen)
(movie, 1986)
···The Worst Witch
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Miss Constance Hardbroom)
(movie, 1982)
···Evil Under the Sun
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Arlena Stuart Marshall)
(movie, 1981)
···The Great Muppet Caper
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Role: Actor (as Lady Holiday)
(series, 1980)
···Mystery!
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Host (1989-2004))
(movie, 1977)
···A Little Night Music
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Charlotte Mittelheim)
(movie, 1975)
···In This House of Brede
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Philippa)
(movie, 1973)
···Theatre of Blood
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Edwina Lionheart)
(movie, 1971)
···The Hospital
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Barbara Drummond)
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Tracy Di Vicenzo)
(movie, 1969)
···The Assassination Bureau
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sonya Winter)