Denise DuBarry Hay, described by NBC Palm Springs as a "local icon" for her philanthrophy, as a co-founder of the global direct response company Thane International, and for founding Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center after battling a fungus.
She was 63.
Born March 6, 1956, in Killeen, Texas, Dubarry Hay was a familiar face in commercials and was "Ms. Hold the Mayo" on an episode of "The Gong Show" before making her legit acting debut in the TV movie "Deadman's Curve" in 1978. She was a series regular on the Robert Conrad drama "Black Sheep Squadron" in 1978, and made guest appearances on such popular shows as "Match Game" (1978), "CHiPs" (1978-1979), "Charlie's Angels" (1977 & 1981), "The Love Boat" (1981), and "Days of Our Lives" (1990-1993).
Her film debut came in the teen flick "Skateboard" (1978), but her next feature was the acclaimed Hal Ashby-directed "Being There" (1979), starring Peter Sellers. She also appeared in "The Devil and Max Devlin" (1981), "Beyond Reason" (1985), "KGB: The Secret War" (1985), and the cult classic "Monster in the Closet" (1986) before a long absence from film.
In the '80s and '90s, the actress became an infomercial pioneer, produced the Billboard Music Award-winning "Play the Piano Overnight" and "Play the Guitar Overnight," and was the owner of the celebrity-saturated Malibu Yoga.
She recently produced the films "Do It or Die" (2017) and "Walk to Vegas" (2019), both of which screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and appeared in both. The director of "Do It or Die," Jorn Winther, was killed in a car crash in November.
In addition to her work in film, DuBarry Hay was noted for her support of the Olive Crest nonprofit for abused and at-risk kids.
DuBarry Hay was married three times, including to "2001: A Space Odyssey" actor Gary Lockwood." She is survived by her third husband, Bill Hay; her son, Adam; her son, Kyle; her daughter Whitney; her daughter Samantha Lockwood, an actress; two grandchildren; her parents; and three sisters.