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Then and Now-  Dianah Rigg - aka  Emma Peel The Avengers Dianah Riggs is known for her role in the British 1960s television series The Avengers, where she played the secret agent Emma Peel for 51 episodes between 1965-68. Her career in film, television and the theater has been wide-ranging, including roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1959 and 1964. Her professional debut was in The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1955, aged 17. Riggs tried out for the role of Emma Peel on a whim, without ever having seen the program. Although she was hugely successful in the role, she did not like the lack of privacy that television brought. She also did not like the way that she was treated by ABC Weekend TV. After a dozen episodes, she discovered that she was being paid less than a cameraman. July 20, 2008 she turned 70.
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Added: 24th March 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
The Snowman Couldn't let the season go past without posting this one. from the animated short, The Snowman, this song; Walking In The Air; sung by choirboy Peter Auty is one of the most memorable parts of the show.
Tags: Walking  In  The  Air  Peter  Auty  Raymond  Briggs  The  Snowman 
Added: 30th December 2007
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Posted By: donmac101
Ty Cobb Day 1924 Detroit Tigers' great Ty Cobb was honored by local dignitaries before a home game at Navin Field versus the Washington Senators on Saturday, May 10, 1924. Cobb, 37, who was in his 20th season with the Tigers, was given a set of books as a token of appreciation for his many exploits on the baseball field. (Detroit's ballpark was called Navin Field in 1924. It was later renamed Briggs Stadium and then finally renamed Tiger Stadium.)
Tags: Ty  Cobb  baseball 
Added: 13th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
HMS Hood Explosion 1941 The battlecruiser HMS Hood was the pride of the British navy between the two world wars. It was actually obsolete by the time the Second World War started, but it was urgently needed despite its shortcomings. On May 24, 1941, in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, the Hood was engaged in an 11-minute skirmish with the German warships Prinz Eugen and Bismarck. A single 1700-pound armor-piercing shell from the Bismarck ripped into the Hood causing a giant fireball and a subsequent massive explosion. The Hood split into two sections and sank in just three minutes. About 150 minutes later, only three surviving British sailors from the Hood's crew of 1,415 were plucked from the cold Atlantic by the destroyer Electra: Ted Briggs, Robert Tilburn, and William Dundas. None was older than 20. The sinking of the Hood and the loss of more than 99.7 percent of its crew stunned the British public. The three survivors became reluctant celebrities and were always emotional when pressed to talk about that day in 1941. Dundas died in an automobile accident in 1965. Tilburn died in 1995. Briggs, the youngest of the three, died in 2008 at the age of 85. Briggs participated in a 2001 ceremony in which a memorial plaque was laid on the Hood's wreckage and debris field.
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Added: 27th July 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bobby Riggs Satin Sheet Advertisement Tags: Bobby  Riggs  Satin  Sheet  Advertisement  Commerical  Tennis  Billy  Jean  King 
Added: 6th January 2013
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Posted By: Cliffy
Odd Couple - Bobby Riggs Wins Felix Capitalizing on his regained fame, tennis champ Bobby Riggs appeared on the popular sitcom The Odd Couple in 1973. The episode, titled The Pig Who Came To Dinner, focuses on Riggs' penchant for challenging people to off-the-wall contests in which he always bet on himself. In this scene, Oscar (Jack Klugman), already in debt to Riggs, bets roommate Felix (Tony Randall) to try to break even.
Tags: Bobby  Riggs  tennis  The  Odd  Couple  sitcom 
Added: 2nd December 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
ESPN Reveals 1973 King-Riggs Match was Fixed Confirming many people's suspicions that have lingered for 40 years, an expose on ESPN.com this week showed strong evidence that Bobby Riggs deliberately lost his famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match to Billie Jean King as a way to erase his gambling debts with organized crime. The 55-year-old Riggs had throttled Margaret Court, the world's top female tennis player, in a televised match on Mother's Day 1973 6-2, 6-1. Four months later King, the defending Wimbledon champion, beat Riggs in surprisingly easy fashion 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 before a big TV audience and more than 30,000 fans at the Houston Astrodome--despite being a 5-2 underdog at Las Vegas sports books. When one views the Riggs-King match with a critical eye, Riggs played passively and listlessly--not remotely the same way he played against Court in May. Riggs' shots were soft and usually placed directly at King. Riggs, the 1939 men's Wimbledon champion, whose serve was impeccably accurate, also double-faulted at four critical points in the match--including set point in the first set. Several all-time male tennis legends, including Don Budge who achieved the Grand Slam in 1938, expressed doubts about the honesty of the match, but their doubts were dismissed as wounded male pride at the time. According to the ESPN story, Riggs was anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 in debt to the mob. A witness, now 79, who was close to the mob, told ESPN he had overheard the discussions regarding the fix. Riggs came up with a two-part plan: In exchange for having his gambling debts expunged, Riggs would goad Court into a TV match with sexist comments knowing full well he could beat her soundly. He would then purposely lose to King as a way for the mob to make a killing in wagers on King at long odds. Riggs died in 1995 at age 77. King was among the last people to speak to him.
Tags: tennis  Bobby  Riggs  Billie  Jean  King  fix 
Added: 28th August 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bobby Riggs on Tonight Show From a 1973 episode of The Tonight Show: Bobby Riggs gives Johnny Carson some tennis pointers two weeks before the former's match versus Billie Jean King. Carson loved tennis and was regularly seen at the sport's major events. He was apparently a decent weekend hacker too.
Tags: tennis  Bobby  Riggs  Johnny  Carson  Tonight  Show 
Added: 3rd September 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964

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