British actress Anna Massey, a staple of British television who also appeared in more than 40 films, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, died yesterday. She was 73. Her agent confirmed the news in a statement, “Actress, Anna Massey CBE passed away peacefully on Sunday 3 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, the daughter of the late Hollywood actor Raymond Massey, earned a Tony nomination for her first and only role on Broadway, playing Jane in 1956’s The Reluctant Debutante. In 1958, she appeared in her first film, Gideon of Scotland Yard, a film directed by her godfather, John Ford. In recent years, Massey was a fixture in British miniseries like Oliver Twist and Tess of the D’Urbervilles, while also appearing in films such as The Machinist, Possession, and The Importance of Being Earnest.