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Frances Bay Dies at Age 92

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2011 4:20PM
Frances BayVeteran TV and film actress Frances Bay has died. She was 92.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bay has appeared in more than 100 TV shows. Her most recent TV role was on ABC's 'The Middle.' She played Aunt Ginny in 11 episodes.

Born in Mannville, Canada, Bay began acting in Winnipeg where she voiced princesses on radio shows. After starting a family she resumed acting in the 1970s.

Viewers will recall Bay's memorable 'Seinfeld' role of Mabel Choate. She fought Jerry over the last loaf of marble rye bread.

Other TV credits include, but aren't limited to: 'The Jeffersons,' 'Dukes of Hazzard,' 'Charmed,' and 'ER.' Bay also played Fonzie's Grandma Nussbaum in 'Happy Days.'

In addition to her numerous TV roles, Bay acted in more than 50 films. The actress became known for appearing in a number of David Lynch projects, including 'Blue Velvet' and 'Twin Peaks.'

The actress' husband died in 2002. The couple's son died at the age of 23 and Bay has no immediate survivors.

Watch her famous 'Seinfeld' scene below.

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Dee

God bless her...Rest in peace!

September 18 2011 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vgkflc

One of the best. She could make you think and laugh all at the same time. Rest well Sugar.

September 18 2011 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
K Mangum Rochelle

Yes she will see her family! You people who mock will find out one day where you end up...

September 18 2011 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
judym123

We lost another shining star, but we take comfort in knowing that you are with your family now. Thankyou for making us laugh through the years. RIP Frances.

September 18 2011 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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xfile1971

You "take comfort" in knowing she is dead??? What a SICK thing to say. She was a fantastic, funny actress. RIP Ms. Bay

September 18 2011 at 2:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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bruins4boston

Judy said "She takes comfort in know Francis is with her family now" Are you people that stupid on here???

September 18 2011 at 4:45 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down
Migwee7158

well said. cant say it any better

September 18 2011 at 3:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chifanhawks

RIP. You did have a long and wonderful career.

September 17 2011 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dereck

She seemed like a great person and woman

September 17 2011 at 10:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dougsholmes

Blue Velvet, 2nd worst-ever movie, behind only Eraserhead.

September 17 2011 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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chifanhawks

Ishtar is THE worst movie of all time.

September 17 2011 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ecmobeaner

Nope. Worst movie "King of Marvin Gardens" with Jack Nicholson.

September 18 2011 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert G

NICE GLASSES AND TOOTHY SMILE :D IN THE PIC POSTED. I don't think I remember her but anyways, RIP you will be missed by many I'm sure.

September 17 2011 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin Bowman

she was hilarious in Happy Gilmore

September 17 2011 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
DaHopp

That episode with the loaf of bread was a classic!

September 17 2011 at 9:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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