A Personal View
I've so far discussed some of the similarities and the most significant
differences between Emma and Diana. Now I'd like to recall my first encounter
with this 60s icon and explain why I have developed the deepest admiration
and respect for this lady.
On 14 December 1999 I was extremely bored. A friend had advised me that
Uniseries, an Argentine cable TV channel, was showing a series that, according
to her, "was very good". I decided to follow her advice and
turned on my TV at 10 PM to watch it. Needless to say, it was The Avengers,
and the first episode I saw was The Gravediggers. From then on, with every
episode I saw, it just seemed to get better and better, simply because
nothingabsolutely nothingin this show is wasted.
At 26, with a brain filled with spy / detective series of the 80s and
90s, I found myself surprised to take such an increasing interest in a
B&W series of the 60s. What caught me the most at first, was the excellent
plots and the wordless communication Steed and Emma seemed to share.
As the episodes went by, my preferences swung the balance in Emma's favor,
simply because I see, through her, many of the qualities I admire in our
sex, the fair sex: a complete certainty and determination facing any situation,
intelligence, elegance, and sense of humor.
It is often possible to see facets of the performer's own character in
their creations. That's why my interest grew towards Diana, who as I imagined,
had a lot in common with Emma (or Emma had much in common with Diana)
and more besides. Why I admire Diana is a question with countless answers,
but these are perhaps the most important:
- She makes me laugh when her job is to make one laugh, and she makes
me cry when her job is to make one cry.
- In spite of all the fame she gained internationally thanks to Emma
Peel, she always was a humble person, who didn't change her modest character,
thoughts or feelings.
- She always remained faithful to her first love, the theater, even
though she was offered succulent projects to "shift" to the
- She always showed a great responsibility and absolute commitment in
each project she was involved in, either good or bad, supporting it
until the last minute.
- She is a part of that small number of actresses who have made it clear
that not all of them are "breasts and teeth" but some of them
I conclude this article admitting that unquestionably the most remembered
character in Diana's career will always be Emma Peel, the truest Avenger
girl, a character who influenced the life of millions of people around
the world, a character who was skillfully defined by the frenetic director
Z. Z. Von Schnerk (Kenneth J. Warren) in Epic:
needed a woman like you, Mrs Peel, a woman of courage, of beauty, of action,
a woman who could become desperate and yet remain strong; a woman who
could become confuse and yet remain intelligent, who could fight back
and yet remain feminine. You, and only you, Emma Peel, have all these
Mackidockie, febrero 2001