(August 11, 1937-July 3, 2011)
Born in Thakeham, England, United Kingdom
Daughter of actors Raymond Massey and Adrienne Allen
Sister of actor Daniel Massey
Appeared in the films 'Gideon's Day' (1958), 'Peeping Tom' (1960), 'Bunny Lake Is Missing' (1965), 'Frenzy' (1972), 'Vault of Horror' (1973),'Deja Vu' (1997), 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (2002), 'The Machinist' (2004), 'Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont' (2006) and 'Tess of D'Ubervilles' (2008)
Appeared on British television in 'Jackanory' (1966-67), 'David Copperfield' (1969), 'Wicked Women' (1970), 'The Pallisers' (1974), 'Couples' (1976), 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' (1978), 'Rebecca' (1979), 'Mansfield Park' (1983), 'Hotel du Lac' (1986), 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1989), 'The Diamond Brothers' (1991), 'Nice Day at the Office' (1995), 'Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures' (2004), 'The Robinsons' (2005), 'Oliver Twist' (2007) and 'Agatha Christie's Poirot' (2009)
Appeared on Broadway in 'The Reluctant Debutante' (1957)
Appeared on the West End stage in 'The Reluctant Debutante' (1955), 'The Elder Statesman' (1958), 'The Miracle Worker' (1961), 'School for Scandal' (1962), 'The Glass Menagerie' (1965), 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' (1966), 'Slag' (1971), 'Heartbreak House' (1975), 'A Kind of Alaska' (1981) and 'Moonlight at the Almeida' (1993)
Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama (2004)
Why she might be annoying
At various times, she suffered from depression, stage fright, anorexia and a nervous breakdown and noted, 'To be secure within myself proved to be an unattainable goal.'
She was estranged from her brother Daniel for over a decade.
She was typecast as 'waspish spinsters and maiden aunts.'
She complained, 'Theater 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.'
Why she might not be annoying
One critic described her as 'one of those splendid British actresses whom one is tempted to call Dame before their time.'
She won a London Critics' Circle Theatre Award (1982), a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (1983), A Royal Television Society Award (1986) and a BAFTA Television Award (1987).
She refused facelifts and botox, saying 'Nowadays, facelifts prevent the map of people's lives from being seen. This saddens me. It's like putting a cover on your life.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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For 2017, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 19 Votes: 47.37% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 15 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 154 Votes: 53.25% Annoying
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