It was brought to my attention that I forgot a couple of key figures in my “Night Court” salute in the previous blog. Truth is, I thought about them but didn’t act on it. But, I should have, because they were key characters for awhile. Let’s check them out.
****Including a SPOOKY similarity about these two!!!
Actress Selma Diamond played bailiff Selma Hacker when the show started. Her raspy voice smart-alec comments were a building block for the show. Selma and “Bull” played by Richard Moll played off of each other incredibly well.
Selma Diamond was an original cast member, and passed away from lung cancer at the age of 64 while still on the show.
Now comes the creepy similarity.
Selma Diamond’s replacement was an actress by the name of Florence Halop. She played “Florence Kleiner” on the show.
The similarity? Florence Halop died of LUNG CANCER at the age of 63 around a year after Selma’s death. TWO ACTRESSES, TWO BAILIFF’S, FROM THE SAME SHOW, DEAD IN A LITTLE OVER A YEAR OF THE SAME ILLNESS. Isn’t that wild?
Selma Diamond, by the way, was a very creative show writer in her younger years. She wrote for “Ozzie & Harriet”, Sid Caesar’s “The Show Of Shows”, and many others.
Florence Halop was also an actress years before “Night Court.” Check out this beautiful picture of a very young Florence Halop.
So, there you go. Two more cast members of a great show.