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Emma Peel: Avenger Angel

The sixties were a hot bed of sexy spies. One of those who left behind lasting memories was Diana Rigg's Emma Peel from the British ensemble show, The Avengers. Emma Peel, ne้ Knight, was an extremely independent woman whose husband, test pilot Peter Peel, died in a crash. The head of Knight Industries since the age of twenty-one when she inherited the family business upon her father's untimely death, Emma maintained a dazzling lifestyle. She drove a 1966 Lotus Elan and was a student of anthropology and an extraordinary bridge player who authored the article "Better Bridge with Applied Mathematics."

A yen for adventure, speed, and risk convinced Emma that she should join John Steed in his spy adventures after they met in a minor fender-bender. Steed was a handsome and urbane ministry agent who worked for the British government in a mission to "avenge crimes perpetrated against the people and the state." Emma joined forces with the other Avengers and became, for many viewers, the one to watch. Exuding intelligence and not at all hard on the eyes, Emma was a clever chameleon who invariably saved the day. Famous for wearing all black, Emma's trademark was her "Emmapeeler" catsuit, still much imitated to this day. When her husband Peter was found alive in the Amazonian jungle, several years after his plane crash, Emma left The Avengers to join her husband, who looked eerily like Patrick McNee's John Steed! Her parting advice was "Always keep your bowler on in times of stress and watch out for diabolical masterminds."

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