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PostDiana Rigg of "The Avengers": RIP (from Ric Mauricio) (John Eipper, USA, 09/14/20 3:22 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
"We're needed, Mrs. Peel." This was the opening line of John Steed, played by the late Patrick Macnee, to Mrs. Emma Peel. On September 10th we lost Dame Diana Rigg, who played the absolutely beautiful and sexy Emma Peel on the 1960s TV series, The Avengers. What really made her appealing to me was that she was an independent woman, who could stand on her own (and, of course, beat the heck out of the bad guys). This attitude was actually Diana Rigg's real personality and she always played a strong woman in all her acting parts up to Game of Thrones. I really can't stand the depiction of women as a weaker sex, some of them stumbling or screaming and needing help from her male counterparts. Current actors Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) carry on with that strength. Thank you, Dame Diana, for setting the standard. We will miss you.
Late last month, we lost Chadwick Boseman in his prime. Boseman played Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court justice, singer James Brown, the great Jackie Robinson, the first black athlete to play in Major League Baseball, and of course, the iconic T'Challa, king of Wakanda and the mighty Black Panther. It is challenging to see anyone else playing the Black Panther. Thank you, Chadwick, for bringing joy and adventure into our lives. RIP.
I recall the studios finishing up Bruce Lee's last (and unfinished) film, the Game of Death. Ugh! Horrible. They would have been better off just including the finished scenes in a documentary. I recall the studios bringing out a sequel to The Crow, which was completed after Brandon Lee's untimely death. The Crow was great. The sequels were horrible.
Sometimes you just cannot replicate actors. You cannot replicate a Bruce Lee, or a Steve McQueen, or Humphrey Bogart, or Diana Rigg. Who are your favorite actors?
JE comments: I read in Diana Rigg's obituary that she was the first in the UK television industry to fight for equal pay for women. She originally received a paltry £150 per week on The Avengers. Her demands for parity with Macnee were excoriated in the press at the time. Yes, Dame Diana was an Avenger in the truest sense.
(Ric, as for my favorite actors, there are too many to count. But I'll mention two who are absolutely irreplaceable: Kevin Spacey and Arnold Schwarzenegger. As we know, both became mired in scandal, and in Spacey's case, he is presently non grata in Hollywood.)