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Frances Bay (1919–2011)


Cute, tiny, and prolific little old lady character actress Frances Bay worked constantly in both films and TV shows alike after making her debut at the age of 59 in life with a small part in the comedy Foul Play (1978) in 1978. She frequently portrayed eccentric elderly women and good-hearted grandmothers in all kinds of pictures and television ... See full bio »

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 2010 Bare Knuckles
Rosie Mcintyre
 2010 Pickin' & Grinnin'
Grandma Johnson
 2010 Short on Time (Short)
Edith
 2009 Repo Chick
Grandma De La Chasse
 2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Aunt Joyce
- Elevator Love Letter (2009) ... Aunt Joyce (uncredited)
 2007 Cavemen (TV Series)
Mrs. Winston
- Pilot (2007) ... Mrs. Winston
 2006 Hannah Montana (TV Series)
Cathy
- Debt It Be (2006) ... Cathy
 2006 Ring Around the Rosie (Video)
Nanna
 2006 The Red Scarf (Short)
Vivian Barry
 2005 Edmond
Fortune Teller
 2005 Bratty Babies (TV Movie)
Maggie Winchester
 2005 Annie's Point (TV Movie)
Older Woman
 2004 In the Land of Milk and Money
Grandma Shallot
 2004 There Will Come a Day (Short)
Mortensen
 2003 A Freudian Image (Short)
Anna Freud
 2003 The Movie Hero
Wise Old Woman
 2002 Kiss the Bride
Grandma Julia Sposato
 2002 Presidio Med (TV Series)
Joan Hart
- This Baby's Gonna Fly (2002) ... Joan Hart
 2002 My Wife and Kids (TV Series)
- Make Over (2002) ... (uncredited)
 2002 Charmed (TV Series)
Old Phoebe
 2001 Cookies for Harry (Short)
Harry's Wife
 2001 Bob Patterson (TV Series)
Laurie Evans
- Awards Bob (2001) ... Laurie Evans
 2001 Finder's Fee
Mrs. Darmsetter
 2001 Passions (TV Series)
Evil Old Lady
- Episode #1.497 (2001) ... Evil Old Lady
 2001 ER (TV Series)
Georgia
- Witch Hunt (2001) ... Georgia
 2000 A Day in a Life
Rosa
 1998-2000 The Hughleys (TV Series)
Mrs. Fitch
- Body Double (2000) ... Mrs. Fitch
- She's a Brickhouse (2000) ... Mrs. Fitch
- The Curse of the Coyote Man (1999) ... Mrs. Fitch
- Young Guns (1999) ... Mrs. Fitch
- G.E.D. (1999) ... Mrs. Fitch
 2000 Stranger Than Fiction
Mrs. Steiner
 1999/I The Storyteller (Video short)
Storyteller
 1999 Da Vinci's Inquest (TV Series)
Viola McKnight
- A Nice Home in the Country (1999) ... Viola McKnight
 1999 Inspector Gadget
Thelma
 1999 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (TV Movie)
Mrs. Lewis
 1998 Forever Love (TV Movie)
Martha Craddock
 1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)
Mildred Grayson
- The Gift (1998) ... Mildred Grayson
 1998 C-16: FBI (TV Series)
Miss Wilson
- The Art of War (1998) ... Miss Wilson
 1996-1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Mrs. Choate / Mabel
- The Finale (1998) ... Mrs. Choate
- The Cadillac (1996) ... Mrs. Choate
- The Rye (1996) ... Mabel
 1998 Clueless (TV Series)
Opal
- Friends (1998) ... Opal
 1998 Goodbye Lover
Old Woman
 1997 Mitzi & Joe
Mitzi
 1997 Players (TV Series)
Mrs. Davis
- Three of a Con (1997) ... Mrs. Davis
 1997 Sparkler
Raspy
 1997 Changing Habits
Midge
 1997 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Elderly Swiss Jeweler
- Murder in the Air (1997) ... Elderly Swiss Jeweler
 1997 Life with Roger (TV Series)
Aunt Charlotte
- The Boxer Rebellion (1997) ... Aunt Charlotte
 1997 Suddenly Susan (TV Series)
Mrs. Tidgely
- What a Card (1997) ... Mrs. Tidgely
 1996 Rossini's Ghost (TV Movie)
Elder Rosalie
 1996 Never Too Late
Elisabeth Kronner
 1996 Avonlea (TV Series)
Winifred Ward
- After the Ball Is Over (1996) ... Winifred Ward
 1995 Courthouse (TV Series)
Kate Downey
- Injustice for All (1995) ... Kate Downey
 1995 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Sarah McCoy
- Home Care (1995) ... Sarah McCoy
 1995 The Crew (TV Series)
Mrs. Henderson
- The Sugar Shack (1995) ... Mrs. Henderson
 1995 The Commish (TV Series)
Ardith Cannon
- Off Broadway: Part 2 (1995) ... Ardith Cannon
 1995 The Marshal (TV Series)
Granny
- Snow Orchid (1995) ... Granny
 1995 Platypus Man (TV Series)
Bella
- Sweet Denial (1995) ... Bella
 1994 The X-Files (TV Series)
Dorothy
- Excelsis Dei (1994) ... Dorothy
 1994 The Paper Boy
Mrs. Rosemont
 1994 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans (TV Series)
Vivian's Aunt Francine
- Alex, Then and N.O.W. (1994) ... Vivian's Aunt Francine
 1994 Dave's World (TV Series)
Daisy
- Lost Weekend (1994) ... Daisy
 1994 Phenom (TV Series)
Mrs. Long
- What's in a Vow? (1994) ... Mrs. Long
 1993 The Neighbor
Aunt Sylvia
 1992-1993 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Agnes / Sylvia
- The Fracas in Vegas (1993) ... Agnes
- Charley for President (1992) ... Sylvia
 1993 Street Legal (TV Series)
Patricia Peters
- Pride and Prejudice (1993) ... Patricia Peters
 1992 By Way of the Stars (TV Mini-Series)
Annie Pyle
 1991-1992 Life Goes On (TV Series)
Sarah / Eleanor
- Love Letters (1992) ... Sarah
- Arthur (1991) ... Eleanor
 1992 The Ben Stiller Show (TV Series)
Gertrude
- ZooTV at Night ... Gertrude
 1992 Down the Shore (TV Series)
Miss Suzette
- My Left Feet (1992) ... Miss Suzette
 1992 Middle Ages (TV Series)
 1992 Single White Female
Elderly Neighbor
 1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Marian McConnell
- Silence of the Lambskins (1992) ... Marian McConnell
 1992 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Candy
- Savor the Veal: Part 3 (1992) ... Candy
- Savor the Veal: Part 2 (1992) ... Candy
 1992 Baby Talk (TV Series)
 1992 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Millie Reynolds
- Moments to Live - May 4, 1985 (1992) ... Millie Reynolds
 1991 Critters 3
Mrs. Menges
 1991 Matlock (TV Series)
Rose Hayes / Samantha Bergstrom
- The Defense (1991) ... Rose Hayes
- The Trial: Part 2 (1991) ... Samantha Bergstrom
 1991 Pacific Station (TV Series)
Celia Linder
- A Man's Best Friend (1991) ... Celia Linder
 1991 The Pit and the Pendulum
Esmeralda
 1988-1991 Hunter (TV Series)
Mrs. Laskey / Miss Emma Parsons
- Fatal Obsession: Part 2 (1991) ... Mrs. Laskey
- Fatal Obsession: Part 1 (1991) ... Mrs. Laskey
- The Bogota Million (1988) ... Miss Emma Parsons
 1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
 1990 True Colors (TV Series)
Aunt Sylvia
- Occasional Wife (1990) ... Aunt Sylvia
 1990 Over My Dead Body (TV Series)
Sister Dempsey
- Pilot (1990) ... Sister Dempsey
 1990 Twin Peaks (TV Series)
Mrs. Tremond
- Episode #2.2 (1990) ... Mrs. Tremond
 1990 The Grifters
Arizona Motel Clerk
 1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Witch
- Judy, You're Not Yourself Today (1990) ... Witch
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Florence Evans
- Sugar Blues (1990) ... Florence Evans
 1990 Wild at Heart
Madam
 1990 Normal Life (TV Series)
Mrs. Schnabel
- P.O.V. (1990) ... Mrs. Schnabel
 1990 ALF (TV Series)
Virginia Russell
- When I'm 64 (1990) ... Virginia Russell
 1990 Alien Nation (TV Series)
Mrs. Gillirue
- Spirit of '95 (1990) ... Mrs. Gillirue
 1989 Dragnet (TV Series)
Sadie McGuire
- Where's Sadie? ... Sadie McGuire
 1989 Newhart (TV Series)
Mrs. Henderson
- Don't Worry Be Pregnant (1989) ... Mrs. Henderson
 1989 The Cavanaughs (TV Series)
Widow Kelsey
- The Cavanaugh Curse (1989) ... Widow Kelsey
 1989 The Karate Kid, Part III
Mrs. Milo
 1988 Twins
Mother Superior
 1988 Police Story: Monster Manor (TV Movie)
Mary
 1988 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Claire
 1988 Big Top Pee-wee
Mrs. Haynes
 1988 Houston Knights (TV Series)
- Vigilante (1988)
 1987 Medium Rare
 1987 The Oldest Rookie (TV Series)
Mrs. Zimmer
- Ike and Son (1987) ... Mrs. Zimmer
 1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Mrs. Renninger
- Ewe Can't Go Home Again (1987) ... Mrs. Renninger
 1987 My Sister Sam (TV Series)
 1987 Convicted: A Mother's Story (TV Movie)
 1987 LBJ: The Early Years (TV Movie)
Effie Pattillo
 1986 Sidekicks (TV Series)
Sarah
- Grey Belts (1986) ... Sarah
 1986 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Female Patient
- Requiem for Billy (1986) ... Female Patient
 1986 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Agnes Rich
- The Case of Don Diablo (1986) ... Agnes Rich
 1986 Riptide (TV Series)
Librarian
- The Play's the Thing (1986) ... Librarian
 1986 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Elizabeth Mies
- Larry of Arabia (1986) ... Elizabeth Mies
 1986 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Mrs. Greene
- Taps for Officer Remy (1986) ... Mrs. Greene
 1986 Cheers (TV Series)
Mrs. Enid Brubaker
- Take My Shirt... Please? (1986) ... Mrs. Enid Brubaker
 1986 Nomads
Bertril
 1985 The Eagle and the Bear (TV Movie)
 1985 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Mrs. McRae
- Episode #1.359 (1985) ... Mrs. McRae
- Episode #1.357 (1985) ... Mrs. McRae
 1985 Amos (TV Movie)
Lydia
 1985 Movers & Shakers
Betty Gritz
 1985 Fame (TV Series)
Grandma George
- Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (1985) ... Grandma George
 1985 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Edna Kiss
- Violation (1985) ... Edna Kiss
 1984 The President of Love (TV Movie)
Herbina Plum
 1984 E/R (TV Series)
Mrs. Gordon
- A Cold Night in Chicago (1984) ... Mrs. Gordon
 1984 Family Ties (TV Series)
Mrs. Menlo
- Keaton and Son (1984) ... Mrs. Menlo
 1984 The Karate Kid
Lady with Dog
 1984 Alice (TV Series)
Granny Annie
- Mel Spins His Wheels (1984) ... Granny Annie
 1984 Second Sight: A Love Story (TV Movie)
Old Woman
 1983 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Mother Trust
- Scene Steelers (1983) ... Mother Trust
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Granny
- Little Red Riding Hood (1983) ... Granny
 1983 Lottery! (TV Series)
 1983 A Rose for Emily (Short)
Miss Wyatt
 1983 Private School
Birdie Fallmouth
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Timmins
- Wings (1983) ... Mrs. Timmins
 1983 Double Exposure
Old Woman
 1982 Father Murphy (TV Series)
Alma Hubbard
- Eighty-Eight Keys to Happiness (1982) ... Alma Hubbard
 1981 Buddy Buddy
Female Patient
 1981 Callie & Son (TV Movie)
Mabel Simpson
 1981 Dream On!
 1981 Honky Tonk Freeway
Mrs. Lewenowski
 1981 Murder in Texas (TV Movie)
Myra Hill
 1981 Flamingo Road (TV Series)
- Hurricane (1981)
 1981 Amy
Mrs. Lindey
 1981 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Aunt Hortense
- The Return of Hughie Hogg (1981) ... Aunt Hortense
 1981 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Mrs. Watson
- My Hero (1981) ... Mrs. Watson
 1979-1980 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Cleaning Lady / Flower Vendor
- What Murder? (1980) ... Cleaning Lady
- With This Gun, I Thee Wed (1979) ... Flower Vendor
 1980 The Attic
Librarian
 1979 Topper (TV Movie)
Mrs. Quincy
 1979 Chilly Scenes of Winter
Mrs. Delillo
 1979 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Madame Zarona
- The Big Hex of Little Lulu (1979) ... Madame Zarona
 1978 Foul Play
Mrs. Russel
 1977 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Maid
- Mary's Big Party (1977) ... Maid (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Appeared in the video for the Jimmy Fallon song, "Idiot Boyfriend". See more »

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Height:

5' (1.52 m)
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Personal Quote:

I always wanted to be an actress. And it wasn't ego. I felt so little about myself, considered myself such a sparrow. Not just my size. I thought I was so plain ... I did plays not to show off but because if I did that -- I didn't realize it at the time -- I would be somebody other than this person I didn't really approve of. I think that's true of a lot of actors.

Trivia:

Frances Bay died at Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana (Los Angeles). She had been ill with various infections. In keeping with her Jewish faith, Bay was buried within 24 hours at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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