Fay Holden

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Fay Holden
Fay Holden.jpg
Publicity still from about 1940
Born Dorothy Fay Hammerton
(1893-09-26)26 September 1893
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Died 23 June 1973(1973-06-23) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, US
Cause of death Multiple myeloma
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Occupation Actress
Years active 1935–1958
Spouse(s) David Clyde (1914-1945; his death)

Fay Holden (26 September 1893 – 23 June 1973), was a British-born American-based actress. She was known as Gaby Fay early in her career.

Biography[edit]

Holden was born as Dorothy Fay Hammerton in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. After leaving England in 1929 Holden and her husband moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for a time.[1] They co-owned The Empress Theatre until 1933,[1] and they created a theatre company, The British Guild Players, that specialized in comedies during the depression era.[2] Eventually they left Vancouver and moved to Hollywood.[1]

Holden appeared in 46 films between 1935 and 1958, but is best known for her recurring role as Emily Hardy, Mickey Rooney's mother in the MGM Andy Hardy film series.[3]

Holden is also remembered for her performance as Hazel, the mother of Samson (Victor Mature), in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah,[4] in which she utters her character's most notable line: "He wants to marry a Philistine!"

She was married to David Clyde from 1914 until his death in 1945.[5] She died in Los Angeles, California, aged 79, from cancer.[6]

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Clydes, the Butlers and the Empress Theatre". Eve Lazarus. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Szloboda, Sarah (10 June 2011). "Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood North". @VIAwesome. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Fay Holden – Brief Entry About the Hardy Family Matriarch". Immortal Ephemera. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Kozlovic, Anton Karl (31 January 2006). "Constructing the Motherliness of Manoah's Wife in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949)". Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary e-Journal. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "David Clyde: Stage and film actor". www.helensburgh-heritage.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 54. ISBN 978-0786409839. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 

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