R.I.P. - 'Happy Gilmore' Actress Frances Bay Passes Away at Age 92

September 19, 2011
Source: Huffington Post

Frances Bay

Even though Ben Stiller put her through hell in one of the worst nursing homes on film, actress Frances Bay and her sweetness prevailed as the charming grandmother in Happy Gilmore starring Adam Sandler. However, we're sad to hear from The Huffington Post that the veteran actress of film and TV passed away last week at age 92 after being diagnosed with pneumonia in a Los Angeles area hospital. Bay started her acting career in the 1930's on the radio before WWII, but it wouldn't be until the 1970's that she would return to acting in various roles on "Happy Days" as well as "The Dukes of Hazaard." Read on.

While her most famous turns are likely in Happy Gilmore and an episode of "Seinfeld" in which she fought with the titular comedian over a loaf of bread, Bay also appeared in Arachnophobia, Twins, Blue Velvet and Big Top Pee-Wee. The actress also had a plethora of TV appearances which included guest roles on "The X-Files," "T.J. Hooker," "Who's the Boss," and even "The Ben Stiller Show." Bay will live forever on film and television, but but our thoughts go out to her family and friends. Rest in peace.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Awww. She had a long life. Hope it was a fulfilling one...

Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011



Xerxexx on Sep 19, 2011


First thing I think of whenever I see her is her creepy role in 'In The Mouth Of Madness', which is a totally underrated film. So awesome.

Jordan Ivey on Sep 19, 2011


Abs-o-lutely! She was crazy in that. Great flick!

grimjob on Sep 19, 2011


so sad she was a funny lady RIP

MovieKing on Sep 19, 2011


RIP. Slow news day much?

UncleMom on Sep 19, 2011


So Ben Stiller must have finally put her to sleep...

Lebowski on Sep 19, 2011

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