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Selma Diamond (1920–1985)

Most familiar to TV audiences as the diminutive but feisty court bailiff on Night Court (1984), Selma Diamond's entrance into acting wasn't through the usual venue of vaudeville, stage work or modeling - she was a writer for TV shows, once having been nominated for an Emmy for Caesar's Hour (1954). Although she had that tough New York accent and ... See full bio »

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Known For

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Ginger Culpepper
(1963)
Twilight Zone: The Movie
Twilight Zone: The Movie Mrs. Weinstein (segment "Kick the Can")
(1983)
Night Court
Night Court Bailiff Selma Hacker / Selma Hacker
(1984-1989)
My Favorite Year
(1982)

Filmography

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 1985 The Jetsons (TV Series)
- Elroy in Wonderland (1985) ... (voice)
 1984-1985 Night Court (TV Series)
Bailiff Selma Hacker / Selma Hacker
- Hello, Goodbye (1985) ... Selma Hacker (voice, uncredited)
- Walk, Don't Wheel (1985) ... Bailiff Selma Hacker (credit only)
- World War III (1985) ... Bailiff Selma Hacker
- Mac and Quon Le: Together Again (1985) ... Bailiff Selma Hacker (credit only)
- Married Alive (1985) ... Bailiff Selma Hacker
 1984 The Ratings Game (TV Movie)
Francine's Mother
 1984 All of Me
Margo
 1980-1984 Too Close for Comfort (TV Series)
Mildred Rafkin
- Henry Draws a Blank (1984) ... Mildred Rafkin
- Mr. Christmas (1982) ... Mildred Rafkin
- Break Out the Pampers: Part 2 (1982) ... Mildred Rafkin
- Break Out the Pampers: Part 1 (1982) ... Mildred Rafkin
- Brotherly Hate (1982) ... Mildred Rafkin
 1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Martha
- What a Difference a Day Makes (1983) ... Martha
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie
Mrs. Weinstein (segment "Kick the Can")
 1983 Nine to Five (TV Series)
Selma
- The Phantom (1983) ... Selma
 1983 The Other Woman (TV Movie)
Aunt Jeanette
 1983 Lovesick
Harriet Singer, M.D.
 1983 Archie Bunker's Place (TV Series)
Mrs. Isaacson
- Three Women (1983) ... Mrs. Isaacson
 1982 My Favorite Year
Lil
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
Woman in beauty salon
- Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling (1978) ... Woman in beauty salon
 1973 Bang the Drum Slowly
Tootsie, Hotel Switchboard Operator
 1972 Magic Carpet (TV Movie)
Mrs. Vogel
 1972 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Gas Station Attendant
- An Elementary Case of Murder (1972) ... Gas Station Attendant
 1972 Arnie (TV Series)
Selma
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Ginger Culpepper (voice)
 1963 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series)
American Scene Magazine Reporter
- Episode #1.17 (1963) ... American Scene Magazine Reporter
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Mrs. Yoast (1977)
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Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (12 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Johnny Green's musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Chita Rivera and Tom Poston in the cast. Duane Camp was director.

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Selma had a deadpan demeanor and distinctively nasal crackle in her voice that was made for comedy. She was just becoming a household name thanks to her role as the impassive, chain-smoking bailiff on the sitcom Night Court (1984) when she died of lung cancer after two seasons. In a sad ironic twist, her replacement, actress Florence Halop, would die of lung cancer the following year, after only ... See more »

Trademark:

High-pitched, deadpan delivery

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