Frances Bay

Last updated
Frances Bay
Frances bay.jpg
Frances Bay in 1999
Born
Frances Evelyn Goffman

(1919-01-23)January 23, 1919
DiedSeptember 15, 2011(2011-09-15) (aged 92)
Resting place Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery
NationalityCanadian
OccupationActress
Years active19762011
Employer Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Home town Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada
Spouse(s)
Charles Bay
(m. 1946;his death 2002)
Children1

Frances Evelyn Bay (née Goffman; January 23, 1919 – September 15, 2011) was a Canadian-American character actress. [2] In a career that spanned 35 years, she acted in a variety of roles both in film and television. Bay was inducted in Canada's Walk of Fame in 2008.

Canadas Walk of Fame

Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a walk of fame that acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of Canadians who have excelled in their respective fields.

Contents

Early life

Frances Evelyn Goffman was born January 23, 1919 in Mannville, Alberta, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrant parents, Ann (née Averbach) and Max Goffman, and was raised in Dauphin, Manitoba. Her younger brother was the noted sociologist Erving Goffman. Before World War II she acted professionally in Winnipeg and spent the war hosting the Canadian Broadcasting Company's radio show, Everybody's Program, aimed at service members overseas. [1]

Mannville, Alberta Village in Alberta, Canada

Mannville is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located at the intersection of the Yellowhead Highway and Highway 881, approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi) west of Vermilion and 170 kilometres (110 mi) east of Edmonton. Its primary industry is agriculture

Dauphin, Manitoba City in Manitoba, Canada

Dauphin is a city in Manitoba, Canada, with a population of 8,457 as of the 2016 Canadian Census, with an additional 2,388 living in the surrounding Rural Municipality of Dauphin, for a total of 10,845 in the RM and City combined. Dauphin is Manitoba's 9th largest community and serves as a hub to the province's Parkland Region.

Erving Goffman Sociologist, writer, academic

Erving Goffman was a Canadian-American sociologist, social psychologist, and writer, considered by some "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century". In 2007 he was listed by The Times Higher Education Guide as the sixth most-cited author in the humanities and social sciences, behind Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault, and ahead of Jürgen Habermas.

She married Charles Irwin Bay (born December 15, 1918 – died June 18, 2002) in 1946, and moved to Cape Town, South Africa, living in the Constantia and Camps Bay areas. She studied with Uta Hagen at this time. [3] Charles and Frances Bay had one son, Josh (Eli Joshua; March 14, 1947 – June 6, 1970), who died at the age of 23.[ citation needed ]

Cape Town Capital city of the Western Cape province and legislative capital of South Africa

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It is the legislative capital of South Africa and primate city of the Western Cape province. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.

Constantia, Cape Town Place in Western Cape, South Africa

Constantia is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, situated about 15 kilometres south of the centre of Cape Town. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious suburbs in South Africa. The Constantia Valley lies to the east of and at the foot of the Constantiaberg mountain. Constantia Nek is a low pass linking to Hout Bay in the west.

Camps Bay Place in Western Cape, South Africa

Camps Bay is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. In summer it attracts a large number of foreign visitors as well as South Africans.

Career

Bay started her career in the 1930s as a radio actress. [4]

Bay returned to acting in the 1970s, [4] appearing in television and film roles until 1976 while in her mid-50s, beginning with a small part in Foul Play , a 1978 comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. A year earlier, she appeared as Mrs. Hamilton in the Christmas television special Christmastime with Mister Rogers. In 1990, she appeared in the episode, "When I'm 64", in the TV series "ALF" as the faded movie star, Louise Beaumont, residing in a retirement home.

<i>Foul Play</i> (1978 film) 1978 film by Colin Higgins

Foul Play is a 1978 American comedy mystery-thriller film written and directed by Colin Higgins, and starring Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Rachel Roberts, Brian Dennehy and Billy Barty. In it, a recently divorced librarian is drawn into a mystery when a stranger hides a roll of film in a pack of cigarettes and gives it to her for safekeeping.

Goldie Hawn American actress, film director, and producer

Goldie Jeanne Hawn is an American actress, producer, and singer. She rose to fame on the NBC sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968–70), before going on to receive the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Cactus Flower (1969).

Chevy Chase American comedian, writer and actor

Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, actor and writer.

Bay's first major television appearance occurred playing the grandmother to the character of Fonzie on Happy Days . She described Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie, as "just a sweet guy. He lost his own grandmother in the Holocaust, and he wrote me a letter saying I was his virtual grandmother". [3]

Fonzie fictional human

Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the American sitcom Happy Days (1974–1984). He was originally a secondary character, but was soon positioned as a lead character when he began surpassing the other characters in popularity.

<i>Happy Days</i> 1974-1984 television comedy set in the 1950s

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974 to September 24, 1984 on ABC, with a total of 255 half-hour episodes spanning eleven seasons. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presented one of the most successful series of the 1970s, an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s Midwestern United States, and starred Ron Howard as teenager Richie Cunningham, Henry Winkler as his friend Arthur "Fonzie"/"The Fonz" Fonzarelli, and Tom Bosley and Marion Ross as Richie's parents, Howard and Marion Cunningham. Happy Days became one of the biggest hits in television history and heavily influenced the television style of its time.

Henry Winkler American actor, director and writer

Henry Franklin Winkler OBE is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, and author. He played the role of greaser Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, the breakout character of the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days. He also starred as Sy Mittleman on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital, and as Eddie R. Lawson on USA Networks's Royal Pains. Winkler also had notable guest-starring roles on Arrested Development as Barry Zuckerkorn and Dr. Saperstein on Parks and Recreation. In 2018, he began appearing as Gene Cousineau on the HBO comedy Barry.

In 1983, she played the grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood in Faerie Tale Theatre for Showtime. She appeared in the final episodes of three long-running sitcom series: Happy Days , and Who's the Boss? [5] [6] Bay played Cousin Winifred in the fourth to last episode of Road to Avonlea , a role for which she won a Gemini Award. Bay's feature film work includes small roles in films like The Karate Kid (1984), Movers & Shakers (1985), Big Top Pee-wee (1988), Twins (1988), The Grifters (1990), The Pit and the Pendulum (1991). [5] [6]

In 1986, Bay appeared as the doddery aunt of Kyle MacLachlan's character in David Lynch's Blue Velvet . Lynch cast her in several subsequent works, including as a foul-mouthed madam in Wild at Heart , and as Mrs. Tremond on Twin Peaks and its feature film prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me . [5] [6]

In 1994, she played Mrs. Pickman in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness . In 1996, she played Adam Sandler's grandmother in the feature film Happy Gilmore . In 1999, she played Thelma, the head security guard at the Bradford robotics laboratory in the film Inspector Gadget . Bay's other roles included a supporting role in "The Rye", a notable 1996 episode of Seinfeld in which she played a woman who got into a physical altercation with Jerry over a loaf of marble rye bread. [6] [5]

Bay appeared in the 2002 music video for Jimmy Fallon's comedy song, "Idiot Boyfriend". [7] In 2005 she reunited with her The Pit and the Pendulum director Stuart Gordon to play a fortune teller in Edmond . From 2009-11, Bay had a recurring role as "Aunt Ginny" on the television series The Middle . Her character was subsequently written out of the show after her death in September 2011, and the death was addressed in the episode "The Map". [6] [5] She also worked in theatre, winning both the Drama-Logue Award and Gemini Award. [4] [2]

Bay was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame on September 6, 2008, [8] in large part thanks to a petition with 10,000 names which was submitted on her behalf. The selection committee also received personal letters from Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, David Lynch, Henry Winkler, Monty Hall and other celebrities. [9] [3]

Personal life and death

In 2002 Bay was involved in an auto accident in Glendale, California, which required her to have her leg amputated below the knee. [6]

Bay died in Tarzana, California on September 15, 2011, of complications from pneumonia at the age of 92.

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1978 Foul Play Mrs. Russel
1979 Chilly Scenes of Winter Mrs. Delillo
1980 The Attic Librarian
1981 Amy Mrs. Lindey
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Mrs. Lewenowski
1981Dream On!
1981 Buddy Buddy Female Patient
1982Double ExposureOld Woman
1983 Private School Birdie Fallmouth
1984 The Karate Kid Lady with Dog
1985 Movers & Shakers Betty Gritz
1986 Nomads Bertril
1986 Blue Velvet Aunt Barbara
1987Medium RareGertrude
1988 Big Top Pee-wee Mrs. Haynes
1988 Twins Mother Superior
1989 The Karate Kid Part III Mrs. Milo
1990 Wild at Heart Madam
1990 Arachnophobia Evelyn Metcalf
1990 The Grifters Arizona Motel Clerk
1991 The Pit and the Pendulum Esmeralda
1991 Critters 3 Mrs. Menges
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Mrs. Tremond (Chalfont)
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Grandma
1992 Single White Female Elderly Neighbor
1993 The Neighbor Aunt Sylvia
1994 The Paperboy Mrs. Rosemont
1994 In the Mouth of Madness Mrs. Pickman
1996 Happy Gilmore Grandma
1996 Never Too Late Elisabeth Kronner
1997Changing HabitsMidge
1997SparklerRaspy
1997Mitzi & JoeMitzi
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Edith Proxmire
1998 Goodbye Lover Old Woman
1999 Inspector Gadget Thelma
2000 The Operator Mrs. Sloan
2000 Stranger than Fiction Mrs. Steiner
2000A Day in a LifeRosa
2001 The Wedding Planner Dottie
2001 Finder's Fee Mrs. Darmsetter
2002 Kiss the Bride Grandma Julia
2003 The Movie Hero Wise Old Woman
2004In the Land of Milk and MoneyGrandma Shallot
2005 Edmond Fortune Teller
2009 Repo Chick Grandma De La Chasse
2010Pickin' & Grinnin'Grandma Johnson
2010Bare KnucklesRosie Mcintyre
2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Mrs. Tremond (Chalfont)(final film role)

Related Research Articles

Eileen Heckart American actress

Eileen Heckart was an American actress whose career spanned nearly 60 years. She first became known for her role as schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney in the original 1953 cast of William Inge's play Picnic on Broadway. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the overprotective mother of a blind adult son in Butterflies Are Free (1972), a role she originated on Broadway before playing it in the film.

Hilary Swank American actress, film producer

Hilary Ann Swank is an American actress and producer. She has received two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Critics Choice Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus American actress, comedian and producer

Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and producer. In television comedy, she is known for her work in Saturday Night Live (1982–1985), Seinfeld (1989–1998), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–2010), and Veep (2012–present). She is one of the most awarded actors in American television history, winning more Emmy Awards and more Screen Actors Guild Awards than any other performer.

Debra Messing American actress

Debra Lynn Messing is an American actress. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Messing received short-lived roles on television series such as Ned and Stacey on Fox (1995–1997) and Prey on ABC (1998). She achieved her breakthrough role as Grace Adler, an interior designer, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace (1998–2006), for which she was critically acclaimed, receiving six Golden Globe Award nominations and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning once in 2003.

Allison Janney American actress and singer

Allison Brooks Janney is an American actress. A prolific character actress, Janney has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Kathy Bates American film actress and director

Kathleen Doyle Bates is an American actress and director. Bates began her career on the stage, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in 'night, Mother. For her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in the 1990 film Misery, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She followed this with roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Dolores Claiborne (1995), and Titanic (1997). She received her second and third Academy Award nominations for Primary Colors (1998) and About Schmidt (2002), in the category of Best Supporting Actress. She is also the recipient of two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three American Comedy Awards, and two BAFTA nominations.

Colleen Dewhurst Canadian-American actress

Colleen Rose Dewhurst was a Canadian-American actress. She is known most for theatre roles, and for a while as "the Queen of Off-Broadway". In her autobiography, Dewhurst wrote: "I had moved so quickly from one Off-Broadway production to the next that I was known, at one point, as the 'Queen of Off-Broadway'. This title was not due to my brilliance, but, rather, because most of the plays I was in closed after a run of anywhere from one night to two weeks. I would then move immediately into another." She was a renowned interpreter of the works of Eugene O'Neill on the stage, and her career also encompassed film, early dramas on live television, and Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. One of her last roles was playing Marilla Cuthbert in the Kevin Sullivan television adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables series, and her reprisal of the role in the subsequent TV series Road to Avonlea. Dewhurst won two Tony Awards and four Emmy Awards for her stage and television work.

Megan Mullally American actress

Megan Mullally is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is best known for her starring role as Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which she received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning twice in 2000 and 2006. She also received nominations for numerous other accolades for her portrayal, including seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, winning three times in 2001, 2002, and 2003, as well as receiving four Golden Globe Award nominations.

Lindsay Wagner American actress

Lindsay Jean Wagner is an American film and television actress, model, author, singer, acting coach, and adjunct professor. Wagner is best known for her leading role in the American science-fiction television series The Bionic Woman (1976–1978), in which she portrayed action character Jaime Sommers. She first played this role on the hit series The Six Million Dollar Man. The character became a popular-culture icon of the 1970s. For this role, Wagner won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramatic Role in 1977.

Catherine Elizabeth Coulson was an American stage and screen actress who worked behind the scenes on various studio features, magazine shows and independent films as well as acting in theater and film since the age of 15. She is best known for her role as Margaret Lanterman, the enigmatic Log Lady, in the David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks.

Frances de la Tour, also Frances J. de Lautour, is an English actress, known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the television sitcom Rising Damp from 1974 until 1978. She is a Tony Award winner and three-time Olivier Award winner.

Barbara Barrie Actress, author

Barbara Barrie is an American actress of film, stage and television. She is also an accomplished author.

Frances Conroy American actress

Frances Hardman Conroy is an American actress. She is best known for playing Ruth Fisher on the television series Six Feet Under. Her work on the show won her acclaim and several awards, including a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is also known for playing the older version of Moira O'Hara in season one of the television anthology series American Horror Story, which garnered Conroy her first Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television nomination, and as well an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Conroy subsequently portrayed The Angel of Death, Myrtle Snow, Gloria Mott, Mama Polk and Bebe Babbitt on six further seasons of the show - Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Roanoke, Cult, and Apocalypse, respectively. Conroy and co-star Lily Rabe have appeared in the most seasons of the show after Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson. For her performance in Coven, she was nominated again for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

Frances Sternhagen American actress

Frances Hussey Sternhagen is an American actress. Sternhagen has appeared On- and Off-Broadway, in movies, and on TV since the 1950s.

Jane Lynch American actress, singer, and comedian

Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, author, singer, and comedian. She is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical television series Glee. She also gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show.

Roz Kelly actress

Roz Kelly is an American actress, perhaps best known for playing Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli's girlfriend Carol "Pinky" Tuscadero on the television series Happy Days.

Grace Zabriskie is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sarah Palmer in Twin Peaks and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Lois Henrickson in Big Love, as well as in cult films such as two of David Lynch's films: Juana Durango in Wild at Heart (1990) and Visitor #1 in Inland Empire (2006). Other film roles include Nickel Mountain (1984), Child's Play 2 (1990), and The Grudge (2004). She is also known for her recurring roles in Seinfeld and Charmed.

Laura Dern American actress

Laura Elizabeth Dern is an American actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.

Lillian Bronson was an American character actress.

References

  1. 1 2 Cavan, Sherri (July 2011). "When Erving Goffman was a Boy". University of Nevada, Las Vegas. p. 4.
  2. 1 2 Noland, Claire (September 16, 2011). "Character actress Frances Bay dies at 92". Los Angeles Times .
  3. 1 2 3 Michael Posner, "Seinfeld's marble rye lady honoured", Toronto Globe and Mail, September 6, 2008, pg. R4
  4. 1 2 3 Zakarin, Jordan (September 18, 2011). "Frances Bay Dead: 'Happy Gilmore', 'Seinfeld' Actress Passes Away At 92". Huffington Post . Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Frances Bay on IMDb
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Oliver, Myrna (September 17, 2011). "Frances Bay dies at 92; veteran character actress", Los Angeles Times; accessed June 27, 2017.
  7. Maslin Nir, Sarah (September 18, 2011). "Frances Bay, Actress Known for ‘Old Lady’ Roles, Dies at 92". The New York Times .
  8. "Canada's Walk of Fame Inducts Frances Bay". Canada's Walk of Fame. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  9. "Steve Nash, kd lang among new Walk of Fame inductees". CTV News. June 3, 2008. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2016.