Fay Holderness

Fay Holderness (April 16, 1881 – May 13, 1963) was a vaudeville performer and film actress from Oconto, Wisconsin. 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. Holderness was in the cast of Dick Turpin (1925). This tale of romance and adventure was set in old England. The film featured Tom Mix, Kathleen Meyers, Philo McCullough, and Alan Hale, Sr. 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.


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