The world has lost a legend.
The news has just come in that Dame Diana Rigg has sadly passed away.
via: GettyShe was eighty-two-years-old.
The English actor was known for her incredible range...
via: GettyAnd was most famous for her roles in James Bond, The Avengers, and Game of Thrones.
Diana dedicated her life to the arts.
via: GettyUpon leaving school in 1955, she trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
But her big on-screen break wasn't to happen until 1965.
via: GettyDiana screen-tested for the part of John Steed's female companion in the iconic TV series The Avengers, a role that would ultimately catapult her to international fame.
And the rest was history.
via: GettyFollowing her success on The Avengers, which she admitted having initially struggled to cope with, Diana swiftly moved onto 007.
Starring in Her Majesty's Secret Service opposite George Lazenby...
via: GettyDiana famously became the only Bond girl to make it down the aisle.
Even to this day, Diana is still known as a 007 girl...
via: GettyBut, despite her on-screen success, her heart still remained in theater.
For the next few decades, Diana took on a number of leading roles with the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic...
via: GettyAnd gained a second Tony nomination for her performance as Celimene in The Misanthrope.
She won a number of awards throughout her dazzling career...
via: GettyIn 1990, she won a Bafta for the role of an obsessive mother in the BBC drama, Mother Love. And, 4 years later, she won a Tony for best actress in one of her most acclaimed roles, that of Medea.
But, in more recent years...
via: IMDBShe became known as the wickedly blunt Lady Olenna in the HBO fantasy epic, Game of Thrones, gaining an Emmy nomination.
She was truly a timeless actress...
via: IMDBAnd her role in the fantasy series gained her a whole new fanbase altogether.
So, of course, the news of her death has hit hard.
via: GettyIt was confirmed today that the eighty-two-year-old actress had sadly passed away.
Since the devastating news broke, the tributes have been flooding in.
@Independent The woman had presence. And let's not forget, she was the only Mrs Bond.... https://t.co/ZN4ilR3KHi— llyoungster (@llyoungster)1599744868.0
Sad to hear about the death of Dame Diana Rigg. She played one of my favourite characters in Game of Thrones. Lady… https://t.co/5geg2rJ3A2— Jak Ball (@Jak Ball)1599745204.0
RIP Dame Diana Rigg. One of our greatest. https://t.co/GqncQTO03Z— James Dreyfus 🟥🍷🚬 (@James Dreyfus 🟥🍷🚬)1599744794.0
RIP Dame Diana Rigg. Great actress and good sport - lest we forget, she let Daniel Radcliffe flick a condom on her… https://t.co/mXOQJxo1gD— Stephen Merchant (@Stephen Merchant)1599748731.0
Dame Diana Rigg has died at age of 82. From The Avengers to Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to Game of Th… https://t.co/X6lTYYtAeA— lizo mzimba (@lizo mzimba)1599744265.0
"We are very sad to hear of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, the legendary stage and screen actress who was much bel… https://t.co/pxHju00JtX— James Bond (@James Bond)1599748404.0
Sad to say goodbye to Bond, Avengers and Game of Thrones legend Dame Diana Rigg, gone at 82. “I used to get a lot o… https://t.co/zJUmqzVoN4— Marshall Julius (@Marshall Julius)1599746222.0
What to say about Diana Rigg? I could talk about her incredible career, but for now I'll just say as a lifelong fan… https://t.co/lnzgVl0W4H— edgarwright (@edgarwright)1599747125.0
Initially, the details surrounding her death remained unclear...
via: GettyBut now, her family have spoken out.
It turns out that Diana had passed away after a brief battle with cancer.
via: GettyHer daughter, Rachel Stirling, confirmed the news in a statement obtained by MirrorOnline. “My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family," the statement read.
The statement continued:
via: Getty"She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words."
Rest in peace, Dame Diana Rigg.
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