Holderness performed in a vaudeville production in Olean, New York in 1920, a presentation of The Village Four. Three actors along with Holderness appeared in this comedy and harmony singing skit.
She performed in silent movie productions as early as 1917. In 1919 Holderness was in the cast of Hearts of the World, directed by D.W. Griffith. The film was shot on location in France over a period of eighteen months. Other actors in the movie are Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Kate Bruce, and George Fawcett.
She appeared in many short comedies, including several with Laurel and Hardy, playing Mrs. Laurel in Their Purple Moment (1928), and Mrs. Hardy in Hog Wild (1930). She also supported W. C. Fields in The Barber Shop (1933) and The Bank Dick (1940).
Her career continued into the late 1930s and the era of sound film. Holderness' last screen credits are for Share The Wealth (1936) and Just Speeding (1936). Her uncredited parts take her career into the 1940s. Among these are parts in The Pride of the Yankees (1942) and The Mummy's Ghost (1944).
Fay Holderness died in 1963 at the Pacific Convalarium in Santa Monica, California, aged 82, from arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
- Fay Holderness at the Internet Movie Database
- brief article on Fay Holderness as a Laurel & Hardy player
- Appleton, Wisconsin Post-Crescent, Dick Turpin, Wednesday Evening, February 3, 1926, Page 7.
- Clearfield, Pennsylvania Progress, Hearts of the World, February 6, 1919, Page 3.
- Olean Evening Herald, Dorothy Phillips At Palace The Right To Happiness, January 5, 1920, Page 4.