Saturday, September 17, 2011

One Of The Good Ones

RIP: Frances Bay, a Canadian-born character actress best known for her roles as Fonzie’s grandmother on Happy Days, Mrs. Tremond on Twin Peaks, and Grandma Gilmore in Happy Gilmore, passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

Bay, who decided to become an actress in her mid-50s after spending the majority of her life as a homemaker, got her start playing a bit part in the Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase-vehicle Foul Play.

From there she went on to appear in over 50 films and 100 TV shows, including, most notably, the series finales of Who’s The Boss? and Seinfeld.

“I don’t know if it was women’s lib or something that kind of turned inside of me,” Bay told the LA Times in a 1986 interview, “but I just started doing it: got new pictures, started pounding the pavement, went to agents – and I got work.”

Despite being struck by a car in 2002 and having her right leg amputated below the knee, Bay continued to work right up until the end, most recently starring as Aunt Ginny in ABC’s The Middle.

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