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One Tough Dame: The Life and Career of Diana Rigg (Hollywood Legends)

One Tough Dame: The Life and Career of Diana Rigg (Hollywood Legends)

Current price: $35.00
Publication Date: September 16th, 2024
University Press of Mississippi


One Tough Dame: The Life and Career of Diana Rigg offers a sweeping portrait of the revered performer's life and career. Deemed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994, Diana Rigg (1938-2020) initially found fame as super sleuth Mrs. Emma Peel in the 1960s BBC/ABC-TV espionage series, The Avengers. A classically trained and multi-award-winning thespian, Rigg is known for her diverse body of work -- from her big-screen debut in 1969 as Countess Teresa di Vincenzo, wife of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, to her Tony Award-winning, leading role in Medea on Broadway, culminating with her Emmy-nominated portrayal as Lady Olenna Tyrell on the heralded small-screen gem, Game of Thrones.

This eclectic volume traces Rigg's career as a renowned star of television, film, and the stage. The author includes insights from rare, archived interviews, encompassing both video dialogues conducted by the University of Kent and Oxford Union. The meticulously curated archival material is further complemented by equally rare photos, and retrospections drawn from diverse media sources and hitherto unpublished accounts from the people who knew Rigg best, affording readers an unprecedented, all-encompassing glimpse into her private world.

With exclusive commentary from Rupert Macnee (son of Riggs's Avengers costar and dear friend Patrick Macnee); the show's stunt coordinator/director Ray Austin; actors Samuel West, Bernie Kopell, Barbara Barrie, Juliet Mills, John Schuck, and Damon Evans; director Bruce Beresford; and documentarian David Naylor, among others, One Tough Dame delivers an in-depth perspective of a beloved, brave, brilliant, and trailblazing actor.

About the Author

Herbie J Pilato is an award-winning writer, producer, director, actor, TV personality, and singer/songwriter who has written several acclaimed books about pop culture. In 2019, he hosted and served as a coexecutive producer on Amazon Prime's Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, a classic TV talk show. In 2010, he founded the Classic TV Preservation Society nonprofit organization. He was born and raised in Rochester, New York, and now lives in Los Angeles, California.