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In June 1994, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her long contributions to theater and film. Earned Tony nominations as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Abelard and Heloise" (1972) and for "The Misanthrope" (1975). She won the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award in 1994 for her performance in the title role of "Medea." In recent years, her performances in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Mother Courage and Her Children" have led critics to proclaim her one of the greatest actresses on the British stage. A savage review from John Simon for her performance in "Abelard and Heloise" led her to collect devastating theatrical reviews throughout history. The result was her book "No Turn Unstoned," published in 1982. Rigg is Chancellor of Stirling University in Scotland. Was recently voted the sexiest-ever TV star by TV Guide in the USA. Mother of Rachael Stirling (born 1977). Measurements: 34-25-36 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). 20 October 2003 - British courts awarded her $63,832 and $134,000 in court expenses in her libel suit against Britain's "Evening Standard" and "Daily Mail" newspapers. They had written that she was an embittered woman who held British men in low regard. She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actress for her performances in both "Britannicus" and "Phèdre.". She was nominated for 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Play of 1996 for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". She was awarded the 1992 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Medea.". She was awarded the 1996 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performances in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Mother Courage.". Born in Yorkshire, the daughter of a railroad engineer, she moved with her family to India at the age of two months and lived there until she was 8. (She learned to speak Hindi.). The first major actor (along with co-star Keith Michell) to appear nude on stage in the production of "Abelard and Heloise" in 1970. Became an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967 and was the first as such to join the National Theatre of Great Britain (1971). Received honorary degrees from Stirling University in 1988 and Leeds University in 1992. Became a Member of the RADA Council. Graduated from RADA. Was forced to turn down the role of Elizabeth in Paint Your Wagon (1969) with Clint Eastwood, due to illness. Jean Seberg replaced her. Father: Louis Rigg. Mother: Beryl Helliwell. Her ex-husband, Archibald Stirling, is the nephew of Colonel Sir David Stirling, founder of the Special Air Service (SAS).

MOVIE CREDITS:
1969: Tracy Di Vicenzo - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
1982: Arlena Stuart Marshall - Evil Under the Sun
1982: Christine Vole - Witness for the Prosecution
1982: Herself / Arlena Stuart Marshall - The Making of Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun'
1986: Constance Hardbroom - The Worst Witch
1971: Barbara Drummond - The Hospital
1973: Edwina Lionheart - Theatre of Blood
1994: Chloe Fanshawe - A Good Man in Africa
2006: Mother Superior - The Painted Veil
1981: Lady Holiday - The Great Muppet Caper
1987: Lady Harriet Vulcan - A Hazard of Hearts
1969: Sonya Winter - The Assassination Bureau
1977: Charlotte Mittelheim - A Little Night Music
1987: Evil Queen - Snow White
1975: Dame Philippa - In This House of Brede
2003: Herself - Broadway: The Golden Age
1996: Mara - Samson and Delilah
1968: Helena - A Midsummer Night's Dream
2001: Baroness Lehzen - Victoria & Albert
1969: Minikillers
1994: Judith - Running Delilah
1977: Three Piece Suite
1994: Baroness Frieda von Stangel - Genghis Cohn
1982: Rita Allmers - Little Eyolf
1981: Hedda Gabler - Hedda Gabler
1992: Mme. Colbert - Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris
1964: Anita Fender - The Hothouse
2015: Lady Pagwell - Professor Branestawm Returns
1984: Regan - King Lear
2002: Tracy Di Vicenzo (archive footage) - Bond Girls Are Forever
1996: Mrs. Golightly - The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
1995: Evgenia - Zoya
2015: the narrator - The Honourable Rebel
1999: Lisa - Parting Shots
2017: Lady Neville - Breathe
2017: Aunt Diana - A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong
1971: Portia - Julius Caesar
1998: Madame de Bellegarde - The American
1995: Mrs. Grose - The Haunting of Helen Walker
2020: Last Night in Soho

TV CREDITS:
1983: Grace Gracedew - Affairs of the Heart
1985: Lady Honoria Dedlock - Bleak House
1963: The Sentimental Agent
2005: Extras
1951: Hallmark Hall of Fame
2003: Queen Henrietta Maria - Charles II: The Power and The Passion
1998: The Mrs Bradley Mysteries
1997: Mrs. Danvers - Rebecca
1982: Wogan
1989: Helena Vesey - Mother Love
1977: Three Piece Suite
1973: Diana Smythe - Diana
1961: Emma Peel - The Avengers
2005: Mrs. Gillyflower - Doctor Who
2011: Olenna Tyrell - Game of Thrones
2016: Duchess of Buccleuch - Victoria
2014: Veronica - Detectorists
2001: Jill Craig - Murder in Mind
1982: Herself - Wogan
2000: Mature Rebeccah - In the Beginning
1971: V.I.P. Schaukel
2015: Sutton - You, Me and the Apocalypse
1947: Host - The Tony Awards