Do you think Dame Diana is jealous of Dame Maggie's career?
No. I saw Rigg in an hour-long interview on British TV and she said she would have liked a more substantial feature film career like Smith's but she always considers herself contented and happy with what she's done onstage and on TV. She singled out Mother Love and Medea as personal favorites. She said she would have loved it if the film of A Little Night Music was a success but it wasn't and she was grateful to have gotten to spend time with Elizabeth Taylor.
Here's the interview which was actually done in 1997. Of course she gave it way before Downton Abbey but I doubt she's grown jealous of Dame Maggie over it.
Rigg said that she never wanted a career that would end with her knighthood (damehood?)
She had admitted that she has taken chances with her career; some of her friends told her to turn down the role of Emma Peel on the Avengers.
Others questioned her taking the role in a James Bond film.
Julie Christie, Jacqueline Bissett, Susannah York, Samantha Egger, etc. were her contemporaries along with Maggie Smith
After the Avengers, I think Rigg's best work is as Dame Phillippa Talbot, a Benedictine nun in the telefilm "In This House oF Brede."
Dame Diana will forever be remembered as an icon of the 1960s - a woman who defined beauty for the late-60s.
When TV GUIDE named the best dramatic actress and role fot each decade of the magazine's publication (I think it was an anniversary issue). Diana Rigg/Emma Peel were chosen to represented the 1960s.
Among the other actress and their roles chosen were Loretta Young for her anthology series in the 1950s; and Tyne Daly for Cagney and Lacey in the 1980s
And January Jones for this last decade.
She calls George Lazenby a bad word in the linked interview. She speaks well of everybody else.
I loved Diana in the cheesy "Theatre of Blood" with Vincent Price.
not even one nomination for Diana Rigg? Wow how does one hold their head up?
I wonder if her TV success hurt her chances at a film career.
She was quite simply superb in " Mother Love". In an interview in Australia, she was asked why she, unlike so many well known actors, never appeared in a Harry Potter film. Her typically Rigg reply was . . . . " nobody asked me".
I wonder if she is unpopular with other "dames" ?
P.S. Her daughter, Rachael Stirling, is a chip of the old block; another damn fine (young) actor.
R9 The M stuff is really getting stale.
Well, I doubt she's maintained a friendship with former RSC chum, Vanessa Redgrave...
Thank you for mentioning IN THIS HOUSE OF BREED. Stunning little TV movie and Rigg and Judi Bowker are marvelous. Rigg doesn't strike me as someone who would be jealous of anyone else's career. She's had a pretty impressive career of her own.
[quote] THE one and only Mrs Peel, She Ruled!
Why, thank you!
Didn't she star in the TV series Get Smart?
No, that was Stefanie Powers
Sorry to be pedantic, but in case people are looking for the movie, it is called "in this house of BREDE" And, yes r17, a damn good movie.
Maggie was always a character actress. Character actresses get second and third acts. Diana Rigg was kind of a sex symbol. They just get old and people lament that they don't look as good as they used to.
Barbara Feldon was in Get Smart
Dame Diana is classic. She was a true beauty in the 60's and aged very nicely. I loved her and Dame MAggie in "Evil Under the Sun".
My favorite line is Dame Diana's: "The bitch Daphne!"
How the fuck do you dream up these topics??
Yes, R3, et al. LOVED "In This House of Brede" Is it still available?
Diana Rigg has quite a delicious part in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Can't wait!
I've always wanted to see "Mother Love" again but have never gotten my hands on a copy.
I'm keen on Mother Love: The Musical. Glenn Close is my obvious choice for the lead.
[quote]She was a true beauty in the 60's and aged very nicely
Bitch please, get your eyes fixed