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Selma Diamond

Mostly Credited As: Selma Diamond
Date Of Birth: August 05, 1920 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: Canada
Birth Place: Montréal, Québec
Date Of Death: May 13, 1985
Cause Of Death: Lung Cancer (Los Angeles, California)

Selma Diamond


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 street demeanor, she was actually born in Ontario, Canada, but raised in Brooklyn. A graduate of New York University, she at first made a living by selling cartoons and fiction to the "New Yorker" magazine. NBC hired her as a writer for one of its radio shows, "The Big Show", and she later made the transition into writing for television. Her film debut was as the voice on the telephone of Spencer Tracy's wife in _It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)_ , where the world got a sample of the distinctive Diamond voice: nasal, high-pitched and one that could never be mistaken for anyone else's. She did a lot of TV work, and was a regular on another series, "Too Close for Comfort" (1980) before "Night Court". She died of lung cancer in 1985.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Night Court (1984)As: Selma Hacker (S01-S02)
The Edge of Night (1956)As: Mrs. Yoast (1977)
Episode Cast Credits 

9 to 5 (1982) 
  The Phantom 02x22: (May/10/1983) As Selma 

Archie Bunker's Place (1979) 
  Three Women 04x15: (Jan/16/1983) As Mrs Isaacson 

Flying High (1978) 
  Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling 01x12: (Dec/22/1978) As Woman 

McMillan and Wife (1971) 
  An Elementary Case of Murder 01x07: (Mar/01/1972) As Gas Station Attendant 

Arnie (1970) 
  Wilson Tastes Like a Good Candidate Should 02x22: (Feb/26/1972) As Selma 
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Selma authored a book, Nose Jobs for Peace, in 1970.

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