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      Frances Bay

      Frances Bay

      Highest Rated: 95% Blue Velvet (1986)

      Lowest Rated: 15% The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

      Birthday: Jan 23, 1919

      Birthplace: Mannville, Alberta, Canada

      Frances Bay's diminutive stature and doddering appearance certainly have her typecast. But the actress's tireless work ethic kept her incredibly active since she first appeared on screen in 1978 -- at the tender age of 60. Her bit part as the elderly Mrs. Russel in the comedic mystery "Foul Play," starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, led to more bit parts as the old woman in everything from the legendary TV comedy series "The Jeffersons" to the big-screen classic coming-of-age story "The Karate Kid." She is probably most identifiable for her role in the 1996 comedy "Happy Gilmore," in which former hockey player (Adam Sandler) takes up professional golf to rescue the house owned by his grandmother (played by Bay) from seizure by the IRS. Devotees of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld," however, will always remember her as Mrs. Choate, the woman Jerry refers to as an "old bag" as he steals her marble rye. She returned in two more episodes, including the series' conclusion, but this wasn't her first show finale; she had previously appeared in the closing acts of both "Happy Days" and "Who's the Boss?" Bay's own finale came in 2011 when, at the age of 92, she passed away from complications caused by pneumonia, just shortly after completing her finale role, Aunt Ginny on the family sitcom "The Middle."

      Highest rated movies

      Blue Velvet
      The Karate Kid
      Inside Monkey Zetterland
      Foul Play
      Happy Gilmore
      Finder's Fee
      In the Mouth of Madness
      The Pit and the Pendulum

      Photos

      THE WEDDING PLANNER, Justin Chambers, Jennifer Lopez, Frances Bay, 2001 HAPPY GILMORE, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay, Adam Sandler, 1996, (c) Universal THE WEDDING PLANNER, Frances Bay, 2001. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, Frances Bay, 1994, © New Line

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Short on Time Edith (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 25% Ring Around the Rosie Nanna (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Land of Milk and Money Grandma Shallot (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 66% Annie's Point Older Woman (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 86% The Movie Hero Wise Old Woman (Character) - 2003
      60% 58% Finder's Fee Mrs. Darmsetter (Character) - 2001
      17% 59% The Wedding Planner Dottie (Character) $60.4M 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bratty Babies Maggie Winchester (Character) - 2001
      45% 57% The Operator Mrs. Sloan (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 84% The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Mrs. Lewis (Character) - 1999
      20% 18% Inspector Gadget Thelma Burr (Character) $97.4M 1999
      No Score Yet 91% Forever Love Dr. Berris (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 22% Changing Habits Midge (Character) - 1997
      62% 85% Happy Gilmore Grandma Gilmore (Character) $38.8M 1996
      No Score Yet 67% Rossini's Ghost Unknown (Character) - 1996
      58% 73% In the Mouth of Madness Mrs. Pickman (Character) $8.9M 1995
      No Score Yet 33% The Paperboy Mrs. Rosemont (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Neighbour Aunt Sylvia (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet By Way of the Stars Annie Pyle (Character) - 1992
      75% 58% Inside Monkey Zetterland Grandma (Character) - 1992
      53% 44% Single White Female Elderly Neighbor (Character) $46.2M 1992
      56% 41% The Pit and the Pendulum Esmeralda (Character) - 1991
      15% 35% The Karate Kid Part III Mrs. Milo (Character) $36.8M 1989
      95% 88% Blue Velvet Aunt Barbara (Character) $8.6M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amos Lydia (Character) - 1985
      89% 82% The Karate Kid Lady with dog (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 38% Private School Birdie Fallmouth (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 26% The Attic Librarian (Character) - 1980
      74% 68% Foul Play Mrs. Russel (Character) - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 88% The Middle Aunt Ginny (Guest Star) 2009-2011
      No Score Yet 87% Hannah Montana Cathy (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 73% My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 90% Charmed Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      6% No Score Yet Bob Patterson Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 85% ER Georgia (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hughleys Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-2000
      33% No Score Yet Style & Substance Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction? Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      43% No Score Yet C-16 Miss Wilson (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Life With Roger Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      89% 92% Seinfeld Mrs. Choate (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courthouse Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Ardith Cannon (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      74% 86% The X-Files Dorothy (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave's World Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      0% No Score Yet Baby Talk Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 90% Quantum Leap Millie Reynolds (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Mrs. Laskey (Guest Star) 1988 1991
      78% 92% Twin Peaks Mrs. Tremond (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet 83% ALF Virginia Russell (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Claire (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Sister Sam Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Precinct Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Elizabeth Mies (Guest Star) 1986
      87% 94% Cheers Mrs. Brubaker (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      68% No Score Yet E/R Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Days Grandma Nussbaum (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Aunt Hortense (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Mrs. Wilson (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1979-1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Maid (Guest Star) 1977