Frances Bay

bay1January 23, 1919 – September 15, 2011

Frances Bay (née Goffman) was a Canadian actor whose early career involved radio programming for troops during World War II. She studied acting under famed coach, Uta Hagen in South Africa before settling in Los Angeles. Her career didn’t really take off until she landed parts in a number of movies and TV shows in the 1970’s and ’80’s including a turn as Fonzie’s grandmother on Happy Days. She became best known for her extensive work with surrealistic director, David Lynch. Her most broadly notable performances would follow as Adam Sandler’s grandmother in Happy Gilmore and as the “old bag” from the classic Seinfeld episode “The Rye.” Bay continued to work into her 90’s appearing on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and The Middle. She died of pneumonia at the 92.


Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Garden of the People of the Book, Lot 1062, Space 4; In the enclosed garden (behind the large mural) Frances and her husband are buried on the west side 2 rows and 2 spaces in from the northwest corner.



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