Florence Stanley

There’s always a sense of loss when a good character actor, one of the comfortable faces of the screen, passes away. But at the moment, I’m feeling the extra kick of learning that Florence Stanley passed away in 2003, and I didn’t even know it. Really didn’t know her work until she was playing the old and worn Mrs. Fish on Barney Miller (and then on the spin-off Fish), but she had that comfortable not-an-actress feel that let her inhabit her characters fully. (Really, there’s some conceptual overlap between her and Thelma Ritter, although working in modern times Florence often got to play modern career women.)
It always gives me a smile to see her on the screen.

Published in: on July 22, 2007 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  

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