Florence Stanley Mostly comedic actress, born Florence Schwartz in Chicago, Illinois on July 1, 1924 (although the British Daily Telegraph gave her year of birth as 1920 in its obituary), who began a very long career on stage, film and TV starting in the 1940s. She appeared off-Broadway in Sophie Treadwell's decidedly non-comic play, Machinal.
She appeared on the TV series Fish, which was a spin-off of Barney Miller, as Abe Vigoda's long-suffering wife, Bernice Fish. She also appeared as a physician on the TV series Nurses, with her most serious moment being telling Adam Arkin's character that he has AIDS, and as a judge on My Two Dads.
She succeeded Bea Arthur on Broadway as "Yente" in Fiddler on the Roof. Appeared in, among many other films, the movie version of Neil Simon's play The Prisoner of Second Avenue, as one of Jack Lemmon's sisters, who is near hysterical with worry about her brother who is going through a serious mid-life crisis.
She died of a stroke, aged 79, in 2003 in Los Angeles, California, survived by her husband, Martin Newman, and their children.