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Dame Diana Rigg

 

  1. Jean Seberg, Paint Your Wagon, 1968.   Too busy - marrying George Lazenby's 007 in  On Her Majesty's Secret Service and tending her ill father - to accept Alan Jay Lerner's invitation.  Julie Andrews (and her usual reserve: Sally Ann Howes), Faye Dunaway and Lesley Ann Warren  passed. Kim Novak pounced.  But the only  US star of the French nouvelle vague  won Elizabeth and, for a while, her co-star: Clint Eastwood.  He was plain nuts about her.
  2. Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, 1969.     Director Martin Scorsese considered shooting it in black-white.The studio did not.
  3. Jennie Linden, Women In Love, 1969.    Writer-producer Larry Kramer fancied Diana, Vanessa Redgrave or Janet Suzman as being strong enough to off-set the onslaught of Glenda Jackson. Flamboyant director Ken Russell had other ideas. As per usual, image over substance.
  4. Elga Anderson, Le Mans, 1971.      Steve McQueen's first choice for his dream racer movie was committed elsewhere.
  5. Susan George, Straw Dogs, 1971.     She was too strong -heroic enough to save the day for Dustin Hoffman as her weak husband... but wary, like others, ofhow far director Sam Peckinpah wanted to push the rape scene. Hearing that Gordon Williams was upset by thechanges to his novel, Peckinpah snarled: “Mr Williams has a penchant for his own work. I don’t.”
  6. Ingrid Pitt, Countess Dracula, 1971.      McQueen, Hoffman - it gets worse... Emma Peel/Pussy Galore was hardly interested in revamping Hungarian Countess Erzsebet Bathory, 1560-1614 -she of rejuvenation in baths of virgins’ blood, 600 of them.
  7. Judy Geeson, Brannigan, 1974.     Co-star with John Wayne? "Not bloody likely," as she said every night in Pygmalion on the West End stage.
  8. Joanna Lumley, The New Avengers, TV, 1976-1977.   Come back, please!!! Wanting more of spy-fi hero John Steed, France and later Canada put £4m into a (short-lived) three-hander reboot of the TV classic. Patrick Macnee’s creaking Steed was to be assisted by a younger guy and… generous overtures were made to Diana toto return as Emma Peel.She did… but only in flashabcks from the first season in colour: The Winged Avenger and From Venus With Love, 1967.As for Lumley, shereally had to fight just to get an audition. “They just refused to see me!”
  9. Barbara Kellerman, The Sea Wolves, 1980.   Full title was almost longer than the role: The Sea Wolves: The Last Charge of the Calcutta LightHorse,
  10. Sheila Ruskin, Doctor Who #114:The Keeper of the Traken, TV, 1981    .She declined the elderly Keeper’s wife Kassia in good company: Francesca Annia, Glenda Jackson, Helen Mirren, Fiona Walker and fellow Avenger Joanna Lumley! They all decided against visiting the Traken Union empire of peace and harmony with Doc4 Tom Baker.A full22 years later, Rigg became the only Dame to work with the Doctor (Doc11Matt Smith) in #235: The Crimson Horror, 2013.
  11. Eileen Atkins, The Avengers, 1998.    While the TV Avenger Patrick Macnee agreed to voice Invisible Jones, his tele-side-kick (and how!), Dame Di, refused to be Alice in this sheer balderdash with Uma Thurman, of all people ,trying to be Diana’s old role of Mrs Emma Peel.

 

 





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