Image of Frances Bay

Frances Bay

1919-01-23 Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada

Image of Frances Bay


Frances Evelyn Bay (née Goffman; January 23, 1919 – September 15, 2011) was a Canadian-American character actress known for playing a variety of quirky elderly women on film and television. In a career that spanned 35 years, she acted in a variety of roles both in film and television. After initial success in radio and stage plays, she became "The Girlfriend to the Canadian Forces" on CBC Radio during World War II, boosting troops' spirits. Marriage and a move to the U.S. led to a hiatus, during which she studied acting with Uta Hagen in New York. Returning to acting at 60, Bay featured in Foul Play and gained recognition in various TV shows like Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, and films such as The Wedding Planner and Twins. Her versatile career spanned over 50 films and numerous TV series, earning her awards and nominations. Notably, she appeared in the final episodes of sitcoms Seinfeld, Who’s the Boss?, and Happy Days. Bay was inducted in Canada's Walk of Fame in 2008.


Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Mrs. Tremond (Chalfont) 2014-07-16
Blue Velvet: The Lost Footage Aunt Barbara 2011-11-08
Pickin' and Grinnin' Grandma Johnson 2010-04-17
Bare Knuckles Rosie Mcintyre 2010-01-01
Repo Chick Granma De La Chasse 2009-09-09
Ring Around the Rosie Nanna 2006-03-21
Edmond Fortune Teller 2005-08-31
Annie's Point Older Woman 2005-01-22
The Movie Hero Wise Old Woman 2003-03-08
Finder's Fee Mrs. Darmsetter 2001-06-19
Oh, Baby Edna Winchester 2001-09-03
The Wedding Planner Dottie 2001-01-26
Stranger Than Fiction Mrs. Steiner 2000-03-16
Inspector Gadget Thelma 1999-07-23
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Mrs. Lewis 1999-05-09
Goodbye Lover Old Woman 1999-04-16
Forever Love Martha Craddock 1998-09-27
Krippendorf's Tribe Edith Proxmire 1998-02-27
Sparkler Raspy 1997-10-01
Rossini's Ghost Rosalie 1996-01-01
Happy Gilmore Grandma 1996-02-16
Never Too Late Elisabeth Kronner 1996-08-26
In the Mouth of Madness Mrs. Pickman 1995-02-03
The Paperboy Mrs. Rosemont 1994-11-16
The Neighbor Aunt Sylvia 1993-11-03
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Mrs. Tremond (Chalfont) 1992-06-03
Inside Monkey Zetterland Grandma 1992-09-12
Single White Female Elderly Neighbor 1992-08-14
Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive Iva Ruth McKinney 1992-03-03
The Pit and the Pendulum Esmeralda 1991-06-27
Critters 3 Mrs. Menges 1991-12-11
The Grifters Arizona Motel Clerk 1990-08-08
Arachnophobia Evelyn Metcalf 1990-07-20
Wild at Heart Madam 1990-08-17
The Karate Kid Part III Mrs. Milo 1989-06-16
Class Cruise Grandma 1989-10-22
Big Top Pee-wee Mrs. Haynes 1988-07-22
Twins Mother Superior 1988-12-08
Medium Rare Gertrude 1987-03-04
Nomads Bertril 1986-03-07
Blue Velvet Aunt Barbara 1986-09-19
The Eagle and The Bear 1985-03-03
Movers & Shakers Betty Gritz 1985-05-03
Amos Lydia 1985-09-29
Second Sight: A Love Story Old Woman 1984-03-13
The Karate Kid Lady with Dog 1984-06-22
A Rose for Emily Miss Wyatt 1983-10-01
Little Red Riding Hood Granny 1983-11-10
Private School Birdie Fallmouth 1983-06-29
Double Exposure Old Woman 1982-09-03
Callie & Son Mabel Simpson 1981-10-13
A Whale for the Killing 1981-02-01
Amy Mrs. Lindey 1981-03-20
Murder in Texas Myra Hill 1981-05-03
Honky Tonk Freeway Mrs. Lewenowski 1981-08-21
Buddy Buddy Female Patient 1981-04-02
The Attic Librarian 1980-10-01
Topper Mrs. Quincy 1979-11-09
Chilly Scenes of Winter Mrs. Delillo 1979-10-19
Foul Play Mrs. Russel 1978-07-14