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Actress Bay Recovers From Accident

November 23, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actress Frances Bay, who has played grandmothers and other elderly women in scores of movies and TV shows, remained in critical condition Saturday after surgery to amputate part of her right leg, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 83-year-old actress, who portrayed Adam Sandler’s grandmother in ``Happy Gilmore,″ was struck by a car Thursday in Glendale.

Bay broke both legs and suffered a head injury, multiple abrasions and a possible broken arm, said Adelaida De LA Cerda, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Surgeons amputated her right leg below the knee, De La Cerda said.

Bay has appeared in dozens of TV shows, including a memorable recurring role on ``Seinfeld″ as the elderly lady mugged by Jerry Seinfeld in a fight over a loaf of rye bread. She also had a recurring role on ``The Hughley’s″ as Mrs. Fitch.

She has appeared in more than 50 movies, including last year’s ``The Wedding Planner″ with Jennifer Lopez, ``Twins″ with Arnold Schwarzenegger, ``Inspector Gadget″ with Matthew Broderick and ``Big Top Pee-wee″ with Paul Reubens.

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