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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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Known For

Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore Grandma
(1996)
Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet Aunt Barbara
(1986)
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid Lady with Dog
(1984)
Edmond
Edmond Fortune Teller
(2005)

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 2010 Medium Rare (TV Series)
Gertrude
- Episode #1.1 ... Gertrude
 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
 2005 Bratty Babies (TV Movie)
Maggie Winchester
 2005 Annie's Point (TV Movie)
Older Woman
 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
- The Three Faces of Phoebe (2002) ... Old Phoebe
 2001 Bob Patterson (TV Series)
Laurie Evans
- Awards Bob (2001) ... Laurie Evans
 2001 Passions (TV Series)
Evil Old Lady
- Episode #1.497 (2001) ... Evil Old Lady
 2001 ER (TV Series)
Georgia
- Witch Hunt (2001) ... Georgia
 1999 Da Vinci's Inquest (TV Series)
Viola McKnight
- A Nice Home in the Country (1999) ... Viola McKnight
 1999 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (TV Movie)
Mrs. Lewis
 1998 Forever Love (TV Movie)
Martha Craddock
 1998 Style & Substance (TV Series)
Elizabeth
- Chelsea's Ex (1998) ... Elizabeth
 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
 1997 Players (TV Series)
Mrs. Davis
- Three of a Con (1997) ... Mrs. Davis
 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 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 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 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
 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
 1992-1993 By Way of the Stars (TV Mini-Series)
Annie Pyle
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Annie Pyle
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Annie Pyle
- Episode #1.5 (1992) ... Annie Pyle
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Annie Pyle
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... 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 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 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
 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)
Victoria's Grandmother
- The Christmas Mystery (1990) ... Victoria's Grandmother
 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 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Florence Evans
- Sugar Blues (1990) ... Florence Evans
 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
 1988 Police Story: Monster Manor (TV Movie)
Mary
 1988 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Claire
 1988 Houston Knights (TV Series)
- Vigilante (1988)
 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)
Lady at Airport
- Another Saturday Night (1987) ... Lady at Airport
 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
 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 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 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 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Timmins
- Wings (1983) ... Mrs. Timmins
 1983 At Ease (TV Series)
Assistant Librarian
- The Ballad of Lucinda Ballard (1983) ... Assistant Librarian
 1982 Father Murphy (TV Series)
Alma Hubbard
- Eighty-Eight Keys to Happiness (1982) ... Alma Hubbard
 1981 Callie & Son (TV Movie)
Mabel Simpson
 1981 Murder in Texas (TV Movie)
Myra Hill
 1981 Flamingo Road (TV Series)
- Hurricane (1981)
 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
 1979 Topper (TV Movie)
Mrs. Quincy
 1979 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Madame Zarona
- The Big Hex of Little Lulu (1979) ... Madame Zarona
 1977 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Maid
- Mary's Big Party (1977) ... Maid (uncredited)
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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:

Hospitalized as the result of being struck by a car in Glendale, CA, on November 21st, 2002. As a result of the accident, she has had part of her right leg amputated and had to walk with a prosthetic right leg. See more »

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Aquarius

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