Massey, Anna 1937–

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MASSEY, Anna 1937


Full name, Anna Raymond Massey; born August 11, 1937, in Thakeham, Sussex, England; daughter of Raymond Hart Massey (an actor) and Adrianne Allen (an actress); sister of Daniel Massey (an actor); married Jeremy Huggins (an actor; stage name, Jeremy Brett) May, 1958 (divorced, 1962); married Uri Andres, 1990; children: (first marriage) one son. Education: Attended schools in London, New York City, Paris, Rome, and Switzerland.

Career: Actress.

Member: British Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a supporting or featured role, 1957, for The Reluctant Debutante; London Critics' Circle Award, best supporting actress, 1982, for A Kind of Alaska; Olivier Award, best actress in a supporting role, 1982, for The Importance of Being Earnest; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, best actresstelevision, 1986, for Hotel du Lac.


Stage Appearances:

Jane, The Reluctant Debutante, Theatre Royal, Brighton, England, then Cambridge Theatre, London, 1955, later Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1956.

Penelope Shawn, Dear Delinquent, Westminster Theatre, London, 1957.

Monica ClavertonFerry, The Elder Statesman, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cambridge Theatre, 1958.

Double Yolk, 1959.

Jane, Special Providence, St. Martin's Theatre, London, 1960.

Rose, The Last Joke, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1960.

Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker, Royalty Theatre, London, 1961.

Lady Teazle, School for Scandal, Haymarket Theatre Royal, London, 1962.

Jennifer Dubedat, The Doctor's Dilemma, Haymarket Theatre Royal, 1963.

Virginia Crawford, The Right Honourable Gentleman, Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1964.

Laura Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England, and Haymarket Theatre Royal, both 1965.

Jean Brodie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1966.

Candida, The Flip Side, Apollo Theatre, London, 1967.

Julia, First Day of a New Season, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 1967.

Rowena Highbury, This Space Is Mine, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1969.

Ophelia, Hamlet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, England, 1970.

Joanna, Spoiled, Haymarket Theatre Royal, 1971.

Ann, Slag, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1971.

Ariadne Utterword, Heartbreak House, Old Vic Theatre Company, National Theatre, London, 1975.

Gwendoline, Jingo, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1975.

First woman, Play, Royal Court Theatre, 1976.

Driver, Donkey's Years, Globe Theatre, London, 1977.

Marianne, Close of Play, National Theatre, 1979.

The Sea Gull, 1981.

"A Kind of Alaska" and "Family Voices," Other Places, National Theatre, 1982.

King Lear, National Theatre, 1986.

Broadway Bound, 1991.

A Hard Heart, 1992.

Grace, 1992.

Bel, Moonlight, Almeida Theatre, London, 1993.

Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Stuart, Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, London, 1996.

Also appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest and Summer.

Film Appearances:

Sally Gideon, Gideon's Day (also known as Gideon of Scotland Yard ), Columbia, 1957.

Helen Stephens, Peeping Tom (also known as Face of Fear and The Fotographer of Panic ), Astor, 1960.

Le voyage a Biarritz (also known as The Trip to Biarritz ), Millimax, 1962.

Elvira, Bunny Lake Is Missing, Columbia, 1965.

Sarah (Avery's wife), The Looking Glass War, Columbia, 1970.

Renee de Montreuil, De Sade (also known as Das Ausschweifende Leben des Marquis de Sade and Die Liebesabenteuer des Marquis S ), Transcontinental, 1971.

Barbara "Babs" Milligan, Frenzy, Universal, 1972.

Donna, "Midnight Mess," The Vault of Horror (also known as Further Tales from the Crypt and Tales from the Crypt, Part II ), Cinerama, 1973.

Kristine Linde, A Doll's House, Paramount, 1973.

Ms. Siegel, A Little Romance (also known as I love you, je t'aime ), Orion, 1979.

Edna, Sweet William, Kendon Films, 1979.

Jennifer Pierce, Five Days One Summer, Warner Bros., 1982.

Sister Thomas, Sacred Hearts, Reality/Film Four, 1984.

Chairlady, The Little Drummer Girl, Warner Bros., 1984.

Imogen Bennett, Another Country, Orion Classics, 1984.

Betty, The Chain, Rank, 1985.

Miss Furze, Foreign Body, Orion, 1986.

Norma, La couleur du vent, 1988.

Edith Berg, Killing Dad, 1989.

Mary, The Tall Guy, Virgin Vision, 1989.

Mrs. Arundell, Mountains of the Moon, Tri Star, 1990.

George Sand's mother, Impromptu, Hemdale, 1991.

Miss Rabstock, Emily's Ghost, 1992.

Miss Mead, Angels and Insects, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1995.

Mrs. Giblet, The Grotesque (also known as Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets and Grave Indiscretion ), LIVE Entertainment, 1995.

Nanny Tess Webb, Haunted, Evergreen Entertainment, 1995.

Mother, Driftwood, Goldcrest Films, 1996.

Mother, Sweet Angel Mine, Handmade Films, 1996.

Fern Stoner, Deja Vu, Lions Gate Films/Rainbow Releasing, 1997.

The Slab Boys, Skreba Films, 1997.

Phoebe, Captain Jack (also known as An Inch over the Horizon ), Winchester Films/Granada Films, 1998.

Dwina Phelps, Mad Cows, 1999.

Sarah Stevenson, Room to Rent, 2000.

Vi, Come and Go, 2000.

English teacher, Tmavomodry svet (also known as Dark Blue World ), Sony Pictures Classics, 2001.

Miss Prism, The Importance of Being Earnest (also known as L'importance d'etre constant ), Miramax, 2002.

Rosie, An Angel for May, 2002.

Lady Bailey, Possession, Focus Features, 2002.

Mrs. Shike, The Machinist, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Laura Kennedy, The Pallisers, BBC2, 1974, then PBS, 1977.

Chillers (also known as Mistress of Suspense ), 1990.

Aunt Marchmont, The Return of Psammead (also known as The Return of the Sand Fairy ), 1993.

Voice of Mrs. Tittlemouse, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (animated), 1993.

Janice Troutbeck, Nice Day at the Office, BBC, 1994.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Lucetta Templeman, The Mayor of Casterbridge, BBC2, then broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, both 1978.

Mrs. Danvers, Rebecca, BBC and PBS, 1978, 1980.

Lady Frances Nelson, I Remember Nelson, PBS, 1982.

Aunt Norris, Mansfield Park, BBC, 1983.

Letty, Day after the Fair, [Great Britain], 1987, then broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1988.

Miss Pross, A Tale of Two Cities, [Great Britain], then broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, both 1989.

Queen Victoria, Around the World in 80 Days (also known as Il giro del mondo in 80 giorni and In 80 Tagen um die Welt ), NBC, 1989.

Sarah Cole, A Respectable Trade, PBS, 1998.

Voice of the Rule Book, The Edwardian Country House (also known as Manor House ), Channel 4, 2002.

Aunt Stanbury, He Knew He Was Right, BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jacqueline, Green of the Year, 1955.

Mrs. Danvers, Rebecca, 1962.

Jane Murdstone, David Copperfield, NBC, 1970.

Miss Ronberry, The Corn Is Green, CBS, 1979.

Sarah Callifer, The Potting Shed, CBS cable, 1982.

The Critic, 1982.

Journey into the Shadows, 1984.

Klavdia, Sakharov, HBO, 1984.

Betsy, Anna Karenina, CBS, 1985.

Nina, The McGuffin, BBC, 1985.

Edith Hope, Hotel du Lac, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1986.

Eudora, A Hazard of Hearts, CBS, 1987.

Constance, The Christmas Tree, YTV, 1987.

Rachel, Season's Greetings, Arts and Entertainment, 1988.

Lady Emily Bredon, Tears in the Rain, Showtime, 1988.

Marcia Burrows, Sun Child, Yorkshire Television, 1988.

Prioress, Sea Dragon, 1990.

Rosemary, Murder in Mind, 1994.

Lillian, The Sleeper, BBC America, 2000.

Also appeared in Remember the Germans; Wicked Woman; and You're Not Watching Me, Mummy.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Titania, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Associated Re-diffusion Television, 1964.

Hay Fever (also known as Play of the Month: Hay Fever ), BBC, 1968.

A Woman Sobbing (also known as Dead of Night: A Woman Sobbing ), BBC, 1972.

The Love of a Good Woman (also known as BBC2 PlayhouseThe Mind Beyond: The Love of a Good Woman ), 1976.

Afternoon Off (also known as Six Plays by Alan Bennett: Afternoon Off ), LWT, 1979.

Mamma, Shalom, Joan Collins, Channel 4, 1989.

Herself, Coral Browne: Caviar for the General, 1989.

Voice of Mrs. Tittlemouse, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies and Mrs. Tittlemouse, 1995.

Herself, A Very British Psycho (documentary), Channel 4, 1997.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Irene Wrzaszcyzk, "Mr. Botibol's First Love," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected ), Anglia Television, then NBC, both 1979.

Helen Bryers, "Hazell and the Happy Couple," Hazell, Thames Television, 1979.

Julia Wallace, "The Man from the Pru," Mystery!, PBS, 1991.

Mademoiselle Antoinette Dupont, "A Breath of French Air:Parts 1 & 2," The Darling Buds of May, ITV, 1991.

Mademoiselle Antoinette Dupont, "Oh! To Be in England: Part 2," The Darling Buds of May, ITV, 1992.

Lady Emily Balcombe, "Happy Families," Inspector Morse, ITV and PBS, 1992.

Gertrude Bell, "Paris, May 1919," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, ABC, 1993.

Ruth O'Callaghan, "Nursing Home Murder," Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, BBC, 1993, broadcast as an episode of Mystery!, PBS, 1993.

Inspector Morse, Series VII: Happy Families, Central Television, later broadcast as an episode of Mystery!, PBS, 1994.

Herself, Ruby, 1997, 1998.

Honoria Lyddiard, "Written in Blood," Midsomer Murders, ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 1998.

Cindy, "Slam Dunk," Nash Bridges, CBS, 2001.

Miss Emily Hawthorne, "Zoxim," Strange, BBC, 2003.


Taped Readings:

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Audio Partners, 1999.

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