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|Born||1957 (age 55–56)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Years active||1982 – present|
Fay began honing her comic talents when she guest starred on numerous shows in the 1980s and 1990s including thirtysomething, Roseanne, Mad About You, Seinfeld, Dharma and Greg, Gilmore Girls, Suddenly Susan, Charmed and Freaks and Geeks.
She starred in early '90s series Carol & Company, The Home Court, and Tales of the City, as well as appearing in Magnolia (1999). In 2004, she starred alongside Bruce Davison and Andrew McCarthy in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital.
More recently, Fay has had recurring roles on Malcolm in the Middle and The Bernie Mac Show, and has guest starred on Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, Chelsea's mother on several episodes of Two and A Half Men, Desperate Housewives and The Big Bang Theory.