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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 August 1937Thakeham, West Sussex, England, UK
Date of Death 2 July 2011London, England, UK  (cancer)
Birth NameAnna Raymond Massey
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anna Massey was born on August 11, 1937 in Thakeham, West Sussex, England as Anna Raymond Massey. She was an actress, known for The Machinist (2004), Frenzy (1972) and Peeping Tom (1960). She was married to Uri Andres and Jeremy Brett. She died on July 2, 2011 in London, England.

Spouse (2)

Uri Andres (November 1988 - 2 July 2011) (her death)
Jeremy Brett (24 May 1958 - 9 November 1962) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (19)

Daughter of the actors Raymond Massey and Adrianne Allen, grand-daughter of Chester D Massey, the wealthy owner of the Massey-Ferguson tractor company, and niece of the Canadian politician Vincent Massey.
Younger sister of Daniel Massey.
Veteran director John Ford was her godfather.
She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1983 (1982 season) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "The Importance of Being Earnest".
She was awarded the 1982 London Critics' Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Supporting Actress of 1981 for her performance in 'A Kind of Alaska.".
Given the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Honours, 2005.
Won a Tony Award nomination as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Reluctant Debutante" in 1957 at the age of 19.
Appeared with her former husband, Jeremy Brett, in the 1979 BBC television production of "Rebecca", where he played "Maxim de Winter" and she played his housekeeper, "Mrs. Danvers".
Grandson, Dan Huggins, was born in 2002 to David Huggins and his wife, Madeleine Christie.
Was awarded the British Academy TV Award for Best Actress for her role in "Hotel du Lac" in 1986.
Disclosed in her 2006 memoir, 'Telling Some Tales' that she was often plagued by stage fright and depression.
Her father Raymond Massey insisted that Anna should have the middle name Raymond, even though it is a man's name.
Ex-sister-in-law of Adrienne Corri and Penelope Wilton.
Her trademark bob haircut stemmed from a desire 'to look like Audrey Hepburn'.
Had a strained relationship with her brother Daniel until a reconciliation in 1998.
At the height of her affliction with depression and stage fright, she also suffered from anorexia, her hair consequently turning from chestnut to white.
Gave birth to her only child at age 22, a son David Raymond William Huggins (aka David Huggins) on August 14, 1959. Child's father is her now late ex-1st husband, Jeremy Brett.
She lives in London, England. [January 2007]
She was only two when her parents were divorced and she almost never met her famous father during her childhood (he was working mostly in America by then); she described their relations in her adult life as cordial but distant and said that being Raymond Massey's daughter was "rather like being one of the daughters of King Lear". She also called him the most self-absorbed man she had ever met, pointing out that both she and her brother Daniel had "Raymond" as a middle name.

Personal Quotes (7)

I think however old and blind and prune-like one may look, the spirit that goes on inside you stays young and flirtatious.
My education finished at fifteen; if I'd stayed at school I'm not sure I'd have become an actor.
Theatre eats up too much of your family life. I have a grandson and a husband and I'd rather I was able to be a granny and a wife.
Actors marrying each other is not a good idea.
I'm not instinctive. It takes enormous discipline and bravery to get me there [playing a role].
[on Alfred Hitchcock] He would always before a take tell you some dirty schoolboy joke. He did that to relax you because it relaxed him.
[on being directed by Alfred Hitchcock in Frenzy (1972)] Early on he was concerned about every detail - clothes and colours and sets and dressings. But then he got slow physically. Off the set the only conversation that seemed to interest him was about food - he taught me how to make a good batter - and later I realised that this was apt at a time we were making a film so crowded with food.

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