Florence Stanley

Birthday: Jul 1, 1924
Birthplace: Not Available
The raspy-voiced actress who endeared herself to television viewers as the wife of Abe Vigoda's character in the popular sitcom Barney Miller (as well as the short-lived spin-off Fish), Florence Stanley found most of her success on the small screen. A Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern University, Stanley moved to New York City shortly after finishing college and kicked off an acting career on Broadway. Stanley followed roles in Fiddler on the Roof and The Glass Menagerie with stints at both the Manhattan Theater Club and the New York Shakespeare Festival. In June 1950, she made her television debut in an episode of the popular drama series Studio One; years later, she loaned her already distinct voice to the '60s series Dark Shadows (as the sobbing Josette). Although subsequent appearances in The Day of the Dolphin (1973) and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1974) found her feature career blossoming, her role in Barney Miller gave Stanley the most exposure she had received to date. She took a ten-year hiatus from the screen after Fish, triumphantly returning to TV in Night Court and Mr. Belvedere in 1987. Stanley returned to feature work the same year with a small role in the Shelley Long/Bette Midler comedy Outrageous Fortune. The comeback provided her career with something of a second wind, and the 1990s found the veteran actress increasingly busy with roles in such high-profile features as Trapped in Paradise (1994), A Goofy Movie (1995), and Bulworth (1998). Stanley never entirely abandoned the small screen, and the late '90s and early 2000s found her alternating between TV roles in Malcolm in the Middle and NYPD Blue, with feature work in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), its small-screen spin-off, and Down With Love (2003). Behind the scenes, the longtime actress was also a member of the League of Professional Theater Women as well as the motion picture and television academies. Stanley died of complications from a stroke October 3, 2003, in Los Angeles. She was 79.

Highest Rated Movies



60% Down With Love Dry Cleaner's Wife $20.2M 2003
No Score Yet Atlantis: Milo's Return Mrs. Packard 2003
No Score Yet Spencer Grandma 2001
49% Atlantis - The Lost Empire Wilhelmina Packard $83.6M 2001
No Score Yet The Brainiacs.com Grandma Tyler 2000
76% Bulworth Dobish 1998
27% The Odd Couple II Actor 1998
No Score Yet Culture Actor 1998
44% A Goofy Movie Waitress 1995
10% Trapped in Paradise Ma 1994
No Score Yet Trouble Bound Granny 1992
No Score Yet A Perfect Little Murder Cynthia 1990
No Score Yet Maybe Baby Ebba 1988
50% Outrageous Fortune Ticket Agent 1987
20% The Fortune Mrs. Gould 1975
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Second Avenue Pearl 1975
45% The Day of the Dolphin Woman at Club 1973
80% Up the Down Staircase Ella Friedenberg 1967


No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
  • 2002
70% Family Guy
  • 2001
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
Mrs. Griffin
  • 2001
84% NYPD Blue
Mrs. Simons
  • 2001
No Score Yet Mad About You
Miriam Mrs. Sass
  • 1997
96% Dinosaurs
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Nurses
Dr. Riskin
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Night Court
Judge Wilbur
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet Barney Miller
Bernice Fish
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975