Anna Massey


About

Birth Place
West Sussex, England, GB
Born
August 11, 1937
Died
July 03, 2011
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Anna Massey, the daughter of actors Adrianne Allen and Raymond Massey, made her film debut in the 1958 drama "Gideon of Scotland Yard," directed by John Ford. While her career would span another five-plus decades, her most famous role came just two years later, as a woman who unwittingly becomes friends with a murderer in Michael Powell's voyeuristic thriller "Peeping Tom." In 1972, Mass...

Biography

Anna Massey, the daughter of actors Adrianne Allen and Raymond Massey, made her film debut in the 1958 drama "Gideon of Scotland Yard," directed by John Ford. While her career would span another five-plus decades, her most famous role came just two years later, as a woman who unwittingly becomes friends with a murderer in Michael Powell's voyeuristic thriller "Peeping Tom." In 1972, Massey put in similar duties in master-of-suspense Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy," as a barmaid who is strangled to death by a serial killer. Continuing the thrills and chills, Massey was the victim of more foul play (by her own brother Daniel Massey, no less) in 1973's "The Vault of Horror." Starting in the mid-1970s Massey began appearing with increasing frequency on British television, with roles in numerous top-notch literary adaptations--including "Hotel du Lac" (based on the novel by Anita Brookner) on the program "Screen Two," "The Pallisers" (based on the series of books by Anthony Trollope), and "Anna Karenina" (based on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel), to name a few. Through the 1990s and 2000s, Massey found some choice roles on sitcoms, not the least of which were "Nice Day at the Office" and "The Robinsons." During this time, she also appeared in the cult classic film "The Machinist" and the visually-wondrous romance "Angels and Insects" in supporting roles.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Oxford Murders (2008)
Affinity (2008)
The Gigolos (2007)
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)
The Machinist (2004)
Mrs. Shrike
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
Possession (2002)
The Dark Blue World (2001)
Room to Rent (2000)
Sarah Stevenson
Mad Cows (1999)
Dwina Phelps
Captain Jack (1998)
Deja Vu (1997)
The Slab Boys (1997)
Haunted (1996)
Sweet Angel Mine (1996)
Mother
Driftwood (1996)
Mother
Grotesque (1995)
Angels & Insects (1995)
Miss Mead
Impromptu (1991)
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Mrs Arundell
Killing Dad (1989)
The Tall Guy (1989)
La Couleur du vent (1988)
Norma
Tears in the Rain (1988)
Lady Emily Bredon
Hazard of Hearts (1987)
Foreign Body (1986)
Miss Furze
Anna Karenina (1985)
Betsy
The McGuffin (1985)
Nina
The Chain (1985)
Sakharov (1984)
Klavdia
Sacred Hearts (1984)
Sister Thomas
Another Country (1984)
The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
Chairlady
Five Days One Summer (1982)
Jennifer Pierce
Sweet William (1980)
The Corn Is Green (1979)
Miss Ronberry
A Little Romance (1979)
The Vault of Horror (1973)
A Doll's House (1973)
Kristine Linde
Frenzy (1972)
Babs Milligan
David Copperfield (1970)
Jane Murdstone
The Looking Glass War (1969)
Sarah
De Sade (1969)
Renée de Montreuil
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Elvira Smollet
Peeping Tom (1960)
Helen Stephens
Gideon of Scotland Yard (1959)
Sally Gideon

Cast (Special)

Pinochet's Last Stand (2007)
A Respectable Trade (1998)
Inspector Morse, Series VII: Happy Families (1994)
The Man From the Pru (1991)
A Tale of Two Cities (1989)
Season's Greetings (1988)
Day After the Fair (1988)
Letty
The Potting Shed (1982)
Sarah Callifer
Rebecca (1980)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Sleeper (2001)
Written in Blood (1998)
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies and Mrs. Tittlemouse (1995)
Voice Of Mrs Tittlemouse
Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
Hotel du Lac (1986)
Edith Hope

Life Events

Photo Collections

Gideon's Day - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Gideon's Day - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Videos

Movie Clip

Frenzy (1972) - You're My Type Of Woman Barmaid Babs (Anna Massey) has just had it out with her boss when Bob (Barry Foster), whom we know to be the “Necktie Murderer,” intervenes, asking after his pal and her ex-colleague Dick, whom we know he’s trying to frame, director Alfred Hitchcock offering several remarkable shots, in Frenzy, 1972.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) - The Fours Are Packing Up Mystified American Ann (Carol Lynley) can't find her daughter after the first day at the new London school, though a teacher (Jill Melford) is unworried, in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965, co-starring Laurence Olivier.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) - Have You Got A Snap? London Inspector Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) in his first scene, debriefing distraught American mom Ann (Carol Lynley) whose daughter has gone missing in her first day at school, husband Keir Dullea joining, in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965.
Peeping Tom (1960) - Were You Looking At Some Films? We join Mark (Carl Boehm) watching his film of the aftermath of the murder we know he committed and filmed, as Helen (Anna Massey), the downstairs neighbor who's just introduced herself, pops in from her own ongoing birthday party, in Michael Powell's Peeping Tom, 1960.
Looking Glass War, The (1969) - Too Many Old People High ranking LeClerc (Ralph Richardson) joins fellow British intelligence officer Avery (Anthony Hopkins), visiting the seedy home of a slain colleague, Avery later ignoring guests and wife (Anna Massey), in Frank Pierson's film from the John Le Carre novel, The Looking Glass War, 1969.

Trailer

Family

Raymond Massey
Father
Died during the 1918 flu epidemic.
Daniel Massey
Brother
Had five; Greene was the fourth of six.

Bibliography