English actress, best remembered for roles in Peeping Tom, Possession, Frenzy, The Tall Guy and The Importance of Being Earnest.
said on 15/Dec/18
Right now, I am about as happy as I've ever been to have had a request granted, so thank you so much Rob! You have made my weekend, and tonight I feel I simply have to celebrate with something of hers, and I might choose the 'Inspector Morse' episode that Anna is in, called sarcastically 'Happy Families'. Anna plays a well-to-do lady, but under the façade of a beautiful home and financial security lies a very unhappy woman, played brilliantly by a cold and emotionless Anna. One of her sons is the 6ft2.5/3 or so Martin Clunes, though the other one is considerably shorter. When I first saw it, which must have been around two-and-a-half decades before I discovered Celebheights, I was obviously already height-minded, and I thought, "This lady has such a massive son, and they're hardly going to give that part to a 5ft woman, so how tall is she?"
Of course, those were the days when we had to study books and magazines in order to find out heights, and even then it would often be a fruitless mission. There were no internet facilities incorporated into a telephone; if anyone had told me back then what the future holds, I would have thought that if this would indeed one day be the case, it would be available only to the more well-off among us. Heights had to be guessed at, simply by comparisons to the actors whose heights you knew. If you were lucky, you might find out your favourite actor's height in a film review magazine, or in a newspaper.
One outstanding film for checking Anna's height was the creepy ghost tale 'Haunted', in which Anna stars with 5ft7 Kate Beckinsale, and you can see that the difference isn't overly noticeable, if at all. Another good one is 'The Oxford Murders', where she is starring with Elijah Wood, but I am going to have to dig my copy out before I can report back as to which scenes are the best, because I don't know the film as well as I ought to!
Anna was extremely slender when she made 'Peeping Tom' back in 1960, a film which came out to a huge outcry as being about as sick as a film can get! It's about a horrifically disturbed young man, who films the fear on the faces of the women he murders. He is a victim of mental abuse at the hands of his father. He falls in love with Anna's character, whose innocence acts as a safety barrier for her. When I saw it first, my attention was drawn to that weeny waistline of hers, but she was as tall as many a model of yesteryear! Wasn't Twiggy 5ft6?
That's what the exquisite Anna gets from me this evening. The other night, I saw her star with her 6ft3 brother Daniel in 'The Vault of Horror', and the 9" difference looked exactly the same as that of a guy I used to hang out with who was 9" taller than me; I used to compare us in shop windows when hiking round London at night!
Thanks again Rob! Anna is welcomed with open arms by me!
RIP Anna Massey xxx 💐
On a slight sidenote, Anna did say her dad Raymond was 6ft 2 or over, but interestingly her Uncle was 5ft 4...I mean that is a big variation in genetics, at least 9 or even 10 inches if he really was 6ft 2 between brothers.