Frances Bay - Frances Bay 'Happy Days' Star Dies Of Pneumonia
Frances Bay, the Canadian actress best known for her string of 'Old Lady' roles, has died of pneumonia complications aged 92. Bay, perhaps best known for playing the Fonz's grandmother on 'Happy Days', passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday (15th September 2011), reports the Associated Press.
Beginning her career as a radio actress, Frances took a long hiatus to marry and have children, before returning to star in the Goldie Hawn movie 'Foul Play' in 1978. She went on to give over 150 performances in television and film, most famously starring in Happy Days and as Adam Sandler's grandmother in the golfing movie 'Happy Gilmore'. Audiences will also remember Bay's appearances in David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet', 'Wild at Heart' and 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me'. In 1997, she scooped a Gemini Award (the Canadian equivalent of an Emmy Award) for her work in the television series 'The Road to Avonlea' and finally received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto in 2008.
None of Bay's immediate family member's survive - her husband Charles passed away in 2002, the same year she had her leg amputated after being struck by a car.