Frances Bay dies at 92

Thesp played Sandler's grandmother in 'Gilmore'

Frances Bay, who tussled with Jerry Seinfeld over a loaf of marble rye and played Adam Sandler’s grandmother in “Happy Gilmore” during a career that began in the 1930s, has died. She was 92.

Bay died Thursday at a Los Angeles area hospital after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

After working as a radio actress before WWII, Bay married and became a housewife. She returned to acting in the 1970s, and her career took off. Bay played Fonzie’s Grandma Nussbaum on “Happy Days” and kindly older ladies in shows including “The Jeffersons,” ”The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Who’s the Boss?”

The Canadian-born actress also was cast by director David Lynch in several films, including “Blue Velvet” and “Wild at Heart.”

Fans of “Seinfeld” know her as the tough lady who fought with the show’s star over the last loaf of bread.

There are no immediate survivors.

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