Selma Diamond

diamond1August 6, 1920 – May 13, 1985

Selma Diamond was a actress/comedy writer in both radio and television who spent more than three decades in the business. Her writing brought her to the staff of Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows as well as a number of other radio and TV programs. Diamond’s stint on Show was said to have been the inspiration for Rose Marie’s character, Sally, on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Later in her career, she made more and more appearances onscreen – both TV and film – culminating in her final role as bailiff Selma Hacker on NBC’s Night Court. After the show’s second season, Diamond, a chain smoker, died of lung cancer at the age of 64. She was replaced on the show by Florence Halop who, coincidentally, also died of lung cancer after one season. Don’t smoke, kids.


Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Courts of the Book, Jacob, Wall I, Crypt 4004; Inside this enclosed garden section to the southeast of the mausoleum (accessible through a corridor from the Courts of the Book lawn section where Lorne Greene is buried) Selma is interred in the wall crypts on the northeast wall, 4 rows up and 5 spaces east of the entrance.


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