DEAD: Selma Diamond

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Selma Diamond (aged 64)
Comedian, writer

Selma Diamond (August 6, 1920 – May 13, 1985) was a Canadian-American comedic actress and radioand television writer, known for her high-range, raspy voice, and her portrayal of Selma Hacker on the first two seasons of the NBC television comedy series Night Court.

DEATH: For many years, Diamond resided in a co-op apartment at 60 Sutton Place South in Manhattan until she moved out in the late 1970s. The diminutive Diamond, who was a chain smoker, was one of the original cast of Night Court until she was stricken with lung cancer and died at age 64 in Los Angeles. She was buried in Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, Los Angeles County, California. By tragic coincidence, her successor playing the bailiff, Florence Halop, was also lost to lung cancer after her one year in the cast of Night Court.

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