Now adays I only see the glamorous and charming face of Diana Rigg when she graciously introduces Mystery! on PBS. Of course aging fan boys know and love her as Emma Peele, the fabulously dressed secret agent in The Avengers.
Costumer John Bates created the daring sexy fun looks for the hero, including the famous catsuit; but the character has earned its place in history not only as a significant style icon. She was also one of the first strong women action roles on television. Ironically, Rigg left the show because she was making significantly less than the men on staff; less than the camera man, she claims.
She continued on after her pivotal role, as a respected stage and film actress whose deep, luxurious voice has only grown more melodious with age.
Her daughter has carried on the family legacy and stars in the lesbian BBC miniseries Tipping the Velvet.