- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2011

LONDON (AP) - Anna Massey, an acting dynasty member whose roles ranged from lonely spinsters to Margaret Thatcher, has died at 73.

Massey’s agent, Pippa Markham, says she died Saturday after a battle with cancer.

The daughter of Canadian actor Raymond Massey and British actress Adrianne Allen, Massey was a stalwart of period dramas, appearing in television adaptations of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the D’Urbervilles,” Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” and many others.

In 2006, she played former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the TV drama “Pinochet in Suburbia.”

Her films included Michael Powell’s “Peeping Tom,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy” and the 2002 adaptation of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Massey is survived by her husband, Uri Andres, and her son David.