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Grandma from 'Happy Gilmore'

Dies at 92

9/16/2011 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Frances Bay -- famous for playing Adam Sandler's grandma in "Happy Gilmore" -- passed away Thursday at the age of 92 ... her agent confirms.

Bay spent most of her life as a housewife -- deciding to pursue a career as an actress in the 1970's -- when she was already in her mid-50's.

In addition to playing the grandma on "Happy Gilmore" -- she also guest-starred as the Fonz's grandma on "Happy Days".

Take good care of her Chubbs.


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& in the episode where Seinfield steals her bread.
RIP u old fart!

1130 days ago


2nd comment! RIP, she was awesome!

1130 days ago


Sorry to hear this. May she rest in peace now.

1130 days ago


Happy Gilmore was an awesome movie.

1130 days ago

Hey Girl Haaay    

Awww I love her in Happy Gilmore! Her voice was so sweet and she was a great actress! Rest In Peace!

1130 days ago


Oh dear!

1130 days ago


Seinfeld stole her Marble Rye.

1130 days ago


a sad day, best wishes to the family.

1130 days ago


Oh, no! That's so sad. :( RIP

1130 days ago


A Canadian!!!

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Cute, tiny and prolifi*****tle old lady character actress Frances Bay has been working constantly in both films and TV shows alike since making her debut at age 60 with a small part in the comedy "Foul Play" in the late 70s. She frequently portrays eccentric elderly women and good-hearted grandmothers in all kinds of pictures and television programs. Frances has acted several times for David Lynch: she's Kyle MacLachlan's sweet doddery aunt in "Blue Velvet," a gruff, profane whorehouse madam in "Wild at Heart," and the spooky Mrs. Tremond in the cult TV series "Twin Peaks" and its spin-off feature "Fire Walk With Me." Frances popped up in two movies for director Stuart Gordon: she's a kindly witch in "The Pit and the Pendulum" and a fortune teller in "Edmond." Other notable film roles include a snippy librarian in "The Attic," a mysterious blind nun in the offbeat "Nomads," another librarian in "In the Mouth of Madness," and Adam Sandler's loving grandmother in the hit comedy "Happy Gilmore." Frances has the unique distinction of guesting on the final episodes of the TV shows "Happy Days," "Who's the Boss?," and "Seinfeld." Among the many TV series Bay has had guest spots on are "Charmed," "ER," "Matlock,""The X-Files," "Murder, She Wrote," "The Commish," "L.A. Law," "Hill Street Blues," "Touched By An Angel," "The Golden Girls," and "Amazing Stories." She won a Gemini Award for her performance in the Disney TV program "Road to Avonlea." More recently Frances was in the music video for Jimmy Fallon's "Idiot Boyfriend." In addition to her substantial movie and TV credits, Bay has also acted in both Off-Broadway stage productions and regional theater; these plays include "Finnegan's Wake," "Grease," "Genuis," "The Caucasion Chalk Circle," "Number Our Days," "Uncommon Women," "Sarcophagus," and "The Pleasure of His Company." Frances has won two DramaLogue Awards and was nominated for a Los Angeles Dramatic Critics' Award. In 2002 Bay was the unfortunate victim of an automobile accident which resulted in having part of her right leg amputated. Her husband Charles sadly died in 2002 as well. In real life Frances Bay is a very practical and unassuming woman with an avid love for jazz music.

1130 days ago


go to hell you old BAG!!!

1130 days ago


She was also in David Lynch's "Fire Walk With Me"

1130 days ago


Ahh that's too bad. She was a sweet funny lady. I'm glad she ended up doing something she loved. She has quite the list of work that she has left behind for us to enjoy

1130 days ago


I remember her from Seinfeld...she was the marble rye lady. For someone who started her acting career mid-life, she has quite the extensive list of credits. Condolences to her family and friends.

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