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Frances Bay

Frances Bay is one of the most versatile and familiar actresses in feature films, television and stage productions. Her impressive list of motion picture credits include such relatively recent hits as Happy Gilmore, In the Mouth of Madness, Inside Monkey Zetterland, and David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Over her long and auspicious career she has appeared in two other Lynch-directed films: Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. She also appeared in such hits as The Grifters, Arachnophobia, Twins, The Karate Kid I & II, The Pit and the Pendulum, Big Top Pee-wee, Critters 3 and Chilly Scenes of Winter. Recently, she starred with Park Overall in Sparkler.

Television audiences have enjoyed Ms. Bay's work on sitcoms, episodics and movies-of-the-week. Most prominent among these credits include her current recurring role on the popular ABC series The Hughleys, as well as her Gemini Award-winning (Canada's equivalent to the Emmy Award) performance on the Disney Television series Road to Avonlea, as Best Actress in a Guest Starring Role. She recently appeared with Sidney Poitier in the CBS movie The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. Bay has appeared on multiple episodes of Seinfeld, Who's The Boss? Matlock, Happy Days and The Cavanaughs. She also appeared on The X-Files, Murder, She Wrote, The Commish, L.A. Law, Twin Peaks, Life Goes On, Suddenly Susan, Touched By An Angel, The Golden Girls, Hill Street Blues, Amazing Stories, Quantum Leap and Diagnosis: Murder.

Among Bay's other movies for television are Where Are My Children, Gideon Oliver, LBJ, Amos, Convicted, Murder in Texas and the miniseries By the Way of the Stars."

A partial list of Bay's off-Broadway and regional stage credits include, Number Our Days, Uncommon Women and Others and Right of Way (both of which earned her a DramaLogue Award), The Man Who Came to Dinner (nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award), Sarcophagus, The Pleasure of His Company, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Grease, Finnegan's Wake and Genius.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Frances Bay Facts

BirthplaceDauphin, Manitoba, Canada

Selected Filmography

Not available.