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Anna Massey Dead at 73: Worked for Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell, Otto Preminger

4 July 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Anna Massey, a Tony nominee who played supporting roles in more than 40 movies, died of cancer on Sunday, July 3, in London. Massey was 73. The daughter of Academy Award nominee Raymond Massey (Abe Lincoln in Illinois) and sister of another Oscar nominee, Daniel Massey (Star!), Anna Massey began her acting career in the late '50s. She was nominated for a Tony for her performance in The Reluctant Debutante (1958), which was made into a movie that same year. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the movie version starred Sandra Dee as an Americanized version of the role Massey had originated in the West End and on Broadway. Massey's first film appearance also took place in 1958, in John Ford's crime drama Gideon's Day, starring Jack Hawkins. Other notable film roles, invariably supporting bigger names, include those in Michael Powell's controversial Peeping Tom (photo, 1960), with Karl Böhm as a fetishistic serial killer; Otto Preminger »

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Anna Massey dies aged 73

4 July 2011 6:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor who won a string of awards – including a Bafta – for her stage and TV work died on Sunday after suffering from cancer

The veteran actor Anna Massey has died at the age of 73, her agent said.

Massey won a string of awards for her stage and TV roles, including a Bafta for her performance as a lonely spinster in the 1986 TV adaptation of Hotel du Lac.

Her agent said in a statement: "Actress Anna Massey Cbe passed away peacefully on Sunday 3rd July, with her husband and son by her side.

"She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother, a cherished grandmother, a generous colleague and, always, a consummate professional. She will be greatly missed."

Massey had been suffering from cancer, her agent said.

Her film work included roles in Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, Possession with Gwyneth Paltrow and an adaptation of The Importance Of Being Earnest. »

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