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Frances Bay

Born : 23 January 1919
City : Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, United States
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There have been some of the greatest actors and entertainers of all times in this Hollywood industry who have been displaying their impeccable and vivid talents on the screen and mesmerizing us. It is always said that a great performer (in any field) is the source of inspiration to the budding ones and similarly our actors and entertainers from the golden era have always been the best kind of inspiration for all of the new upcoming stars and the audience as well. Since a decade now our favorite entertainers have been the greatest influence in our lives, we have been getting motivated with their struggle and their hard work. We also wish to become dedicated people like them. One such inspiring woman was Frances Bay who was an American-Canadian actress. She has given us numerous memories of her work and some impeccable acting skills.



Frances Bay Early Life | Family Background | Professional Acting and Writing | Radio Actress


Frances Bay was born on January 23rd in 1919, in Mannville, AlbertaFrances Bay was born in the house of Ukraine Jewish immigrant parents namely Anne and Max Goffman. They named her as Frances Evelyn GoffmanFrances Bay also had a younger brother named Erving Goffman and he was a well known and a very famous sociologist of that time. Before the World War II did its devastation Frances Bay was acting as a professional at WinnipegFrances Bay also did war hosting the Canadian Broadcasting Company's radio show, Everybody's Program; this program was aimed at services members overseas. 

Frances Bay Career | Television Acting and Film Acting | Best Actress Comedy Movies





It is said that Frances Bay had started off with her career as a radio actress in 1930s. In 1970s Frances Bay returned to the field of television acting and film acting. In her mid-50s, Frances Bay did a small part in the film Foul Play in the year 1978. It was a comedy film which starred the actors Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. In the year 1977, Frances Bay was also seen playing the role of Mrs. Hamilton on the Christmas television special Christmastime with Mister RogersFrances Bay had also played the grandmother to the character of Fonzie on the show Happy Days which was also considered her major breakthrough on the television. Frances Bay said a few sweet things about the actor who played the role of Fonzie saying that- "just a sweet guy. 

He lost his own grandmother in the Holocaust, and he wrote me a letter saying I was his virtual grandmother". 

In the year 1983, we saw her playing the role of the grandmother in our favorite Little Red Riding Hood in Faerie Tale Theatre for ShowtimeFrances Bay had also made her appearance in the final episodes of the most famous and long-running television series namely Happy Days and Who’s the BossFrances Bay was also seen playing the role of Cousin Winifred in one of the episodes of a very famous show named Road to Avonlea. For her performance in that particular episode, Frances Bay won the Gemini Award. She had also acted in small roles in the films like The Karate Kid in the year 1984, Big Top Pee-Wee in the year 1988, Twin in 1988, The Grifters in 1990 and The Pit and The Pendulum in 1991. It was in the year 1986 when we saw her playing the character of a doddery aunt of Kyle MacLachlan's character in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. The director Lynch was so happy with her work and dedication he cast her in several of his other projects like Wild at Heart where Frances Bay played the role of a foul-mouthed madam. In Twin Peaks he signed her to play the character of Mrs. Tremond and then signed her for its spin-off named Twin Peaks: 





In the year 1994, Frances Bay was seen playing the role of Mrs. Pickman in the film In the Mouth of Madness which was directed by John Carpenter. In the year 1996, Frances Bay was cast for the role of Adam Sandler’s grandmother in the movie Happy Gilmore. In the year 1999, we saw her playing a completely different role of Thelma who was a head security guard at the Bradford robotics laboratory in the film Inspector Gadget. Frances Bay had also done some supporting roles like in the movie The Rye. In the year 1996, Frances Bay was cast for an episode of Seinfeld in which she played a woman who got into a physical altercation with Jerry Seinfeld over a loaf of marble rye bread, for which he mugs her. In 2002 we all saw her in the music video of Jimmy Fallon’s comedy song named Idiot Boyfriend. In 2005 Frances Bay collaborated with the director of her movie the pit and the pendulum and played a fortune teller in the movie Edmond. From the years 2009-2011 Frances Bay played the role of Aunt Ginny on a TV series named The Middle. The writers of the show had to write her character out of the show after her death in the year 2011. Her death was addressed in on the episodes of that show and the named it as The Map. Frances Bay had also worked at the theater for a long time and won both the Drama-Logue Award and Gemini AwardFrances Bay also walked Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2008. 




Frances Bay Personal Life & Death 


In the year 1946, Frances Bay married Charles Irwin Bay. Together after getting married they moved to Cape Town in South Africa and lived in the Constantia and Camps Bay areas. Frances Bay began studying at the Uta Hagen. They gave birth to a son and named him Josh he was born on March 15 in the year 1947. Unfortunately, he did not live for long and died at the age of 23. In the year 2002, Frances Bay met with an auto accident in California, which required her to have her leg amputated below the knee. Then also she kept working and kept her spirit alive. Frances Bay died in Tarzana in California on 15th September in the year 2011. Her death was caused because she was suffering from complicated pneumonia and died at the age of 92. 
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