TV, pic and legit thesp Florence Stanley died Oct. 3 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles from complications after a stroke. She was 79.
Known for her distinctive, raspy voice, Stanley’s TV roles included Fish’s wife on “Barney Miller”; the voice of Grandma on “Dinosaurs”; and Judge Margaret Wilbur on “My Two Dads.” She also helmed numerous episodes of the latter skein.
Stanley was a versatile performer who guest-starred on such skeins as “Mad About You” and “NYPD Blue.” She also had recurring roles on “Nurses” and “Joe and Sons.”
In 2001, she was nominated for an Annie Award for voice acting in an animated feature for her role as Mrs. Packard in Disney’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire.” Recognition came near the conclusion of a prolific film career that ranged from “Bulworth,” “Trapped in Paradise” and “The Odd Couple II” to “Day of the Dolphin,” “Up the Down Staircase” and “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.”
Born and raised in Chicago, Stanley graduated from Northwestern U. before moving to Gotham, where she began her acting career in Broadway shows “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Glass Menagerie,” among others. She also appeared in productions at the Manhattan Theater Club and New York Shakespeare Festival.
Stanley was a longtime member of the League of Professional Theater Women and both the motion picture and TV academies.
She is survived by her husband, Martin Newman; a daughter and a son; and two grandchildren.