Fay Holden

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

Fay Holden
Publicity still from about 1940
Dorothy Fay Hammerton

(1893-09-26)26 September 1893
Died23 June 1973(1973-06-23) (aged 79)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Years active19351958
Spouse(s)David Clyde (19141945; his death)


Holden was born 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 motion pictures between 1935 and 1958, but is best known for her recurring role as Emily Hardy, mother of Mickey Rooney's character in the MGM Andy Hardy film series.[3] The series was enormously popular in the late 1930s and early '40s, and Holden was in 15 of the 16 Hardy movies, surpassed only by Rooney, who was in all 16.

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


  1. "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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