Frances Bay

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Birth Name: Frances Evelyn Goffman

Date of Birth: January 23, 1919

Place of Birth: Mannville, Alberta, Canada

Date of Death: September 15, 2011

Place of Death: Tarzana, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Frances Bay was a Canadian-born American actress. She is particularly known for her roles in the films Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Planner.

Frances was born in Mannville, Alberta, the daughter of Ann/Anne (Averbach) and Max Goffman. Her parents were Jewish emigrants, from Russia/Ukraine. Her brother was sociologist and writer Erving Goffman. She was raised in Dauphin, Manitoba. She was married to Charles Bay, until his death, with whom she had one child.

In an article about Erving Goffman’s life, it was written:

When Max Goffman (b. 1890) arrived in Winnipeg he was one of almost 120,000 immigrant Jews who came from Eastern Europe to Canada between 1900 and 1920. They were mainly 3 shop keepers and tradesmen and for the most part they settled in big cities like Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg. In Winnipeg Max met Ann Averbach (b. 1899) who had arrived from Russia in 1912.

Frances’s maternal grandfather was named Munyeh/Muni Averbach. Munyeh was born in Gomel, Belarus.

Frances’s maternal grandmother was named Milyeh/Millia Perlin/Pearlman (the daughter of Israel Itzhak Perlin/Pearlman).

Source: Genealogy of Frances Bay (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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