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Bailiff Selma Hacker / Selma Hacker
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 ...
High-pitched, deadpan delivery