Actresses of the 50s and 60s

Diana Rigg sparkling over a bear

In 1938, British on August 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

In “The Avengers,” the leather-clad Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) was not there just to be kidnapped and rescued, although this did happen occasionally. She was a valued agent who played an active role in the investigations and action, often appearing smarter than Steed. Although the dialogue between the boss and his agent was light and flirty, there was never any suggestion of something more going on. While it is great that a show from the 60s was so ahead of the game in its portrayal of women, it’s also worth noting that the equality didn’t extend off-camera. Rigg soon discovered that, despite being the show’s main selling point, she was paid less than some of the technical crew. The Guardian.

 

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