European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Apr 3 1968, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - April 3, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseOf Diana Rigg shy charming and aloof s anyone knows who has followed the avengers television series no Challenge is too great for that class character Emma Peel. And the same can be said for the luscious Long climbed lass who created the indestructible lady of Leisure who packs such a terrific Wallop. Diana Rigg was an established shakespearean stage Star in Britain when she decided to try her Luck on to. It was not Only a new medium but it also meant trying to fill the Fust action shoes of Honor Blackman who bad returned to films after making a big splash in the series As the sexy judo expert Cathy Gale. However not Only was Diana Given a new name for her distaff Dynamo but she insisted on molding the pee Par from her own personality and by resisting pressure much of it fro american network sources to maintain the 1 e a t h e a Elad superwoman mag which Honor bad established. In Germany the British series i known As Mit Schirm Charme und Melone in reference to the umbrella Charm and Bowler hat displayed by hero John Steed but this could be paraphrased in English for the 29-year old Yorkshire born miss Rigg As with shyness Charm and the actress with the shape of a Siren and the face of a Cherub has been termed something of a temperamental misfit in the you belong to us atmosphere which links the stars with their attitude has been attributed to her natural North of England reticence mixed with the acquired Reserve of one schooled in theatrical reluctant Debutante is another descriptive phrase applied to Diana sentry into the select society of International that she dislikes Fame or Money but some of the aspects of being a celebrity Are painful to her being approached by strangers in Public sign ing autographs making personal appear ances coping with fan mail and sub mitting to interviews and publicity photon. Ideally Bachelor girl Diana has said she would like to Divide her working life Between her first love the theater where she is completely Happy and feature films where the period of pressure is limited. A television series she found mad her feel caged although she credits her Long run in the avengers with giving her added Confidence. I wanted to show that i could do it says the determined miss Rigg be cause 1 did t want to be typed in anyone kind of part or tied to any one entertainment was already a Star with the Royal Shakespeare company before she Gam bled on television. However admiration for her classical Talent has remained undiminished despite her Success in a somewhat less ratified was even invited Back by the Royal shakespearean to play Viola in twelfth the critics As usual were enthralled by miss , it was & Royal command performance of the comedy of errors at Windsor Castle that Diana re members Best from her Bard of Avo associations. It was the most spirited performance of that play we Ever gave she recalls of the regal atmosphere where the Champagne flowed like Tea. Diana spent her Early years i India where her father was with the foreign service. But she returned to England for her education. After graduation she attended the Royal Academy of dramatic Art in London. Her Only Handicap she found after Fin Ishing the two year course was in her new Jim the assassination Bureau being shot in frigg goes frilly and sexy a Nern a w. The stars and Stripe wednesday april 3, 1968 Diana As mrs. Peel in the statuesque height so she spent sometime working As a fashion Model. This developed her poise and taught her How to Wear clothes with elegance and flair like Emma first acting assignments came in her Home county of Yorkshire fro which she was signed by the Royal Shakespeare of the reasons she prefers the theater to films is because it gives Herthe Chance to sleep late in the morn Ings. Diana readily admits she s at Herbest in the evening when if not work ing she loves to Cook for friends therein a special Man in her life she says to Dine out or to go to the theater or to parties. She finds the monastic life of film work a real she s currently working in London on Paramount s the assassination she s known for dancing or Gam bling into the Small hours at the smarter discotheques and casinos around Lon Don. On the other hand she is also a great one for cozy teas and lunches at hic but Oid fashioned establishments. Those who have dined at Diana s own table agree that she is an effortlessly Good Cook who hates prepacked food and when possible uses Only fresh and hand prepared when working she skips All meal during the Day building up a Hearty appetite for a Multi course repast in the clothes Are like mrs. Peels trouser suits and mini dresses. She Dis likes jewelry except for a big Beautiful ring Given to her by a certain special Friend. From press dispatcher Page

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