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.


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]


  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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