Selma Hacker, played by Selma Diamond
|Bailff, Manhattan Municipal Court, NYC|
|Chain-smoking, gritty-voiced, and wisecracking; develops unlikely friendship with fellow bailiff, Bull Shannon|
|Spouse(s):||Had 6 husbands, one of whom she said was a contortionist|
|Appeared on:||Night Court|
|35 episodes, in Seasons 1-2|
|Played by:||Selma Diamond|
About Selma HackerEdit
A chain smoking, witty, wisecracking (with a voice she once described as sounding like Brillo), elderly bailiff, there was apparently nothing which Selma had not seen. In one episode she admitted to having married up to six times, one of whom was a contortionist. Diamond died shortly after Season 2. Nothing seemed to shock Selma Hacker, especially sex. "I did it once", as she told a young woman lawyer in an episode, "for a piece of chocolate and a pair of nylons."
Selma was especially close to fellow bailiff Bull Shannon, as she was sort of a mother figure to the outwardly tough-looking, but honestly childlike Shannon. In the Season 3 opening episode "Hello, Goodbye", Bull, after hearing of Selma's death, takes it especially hard, as he goes on an all-night bender with a group of circus performers and shows up the next day drunk-and-disorderly, as it takes some talking to by Harry to get him to come to grips with Selma's passing.