Born: 23 January 1923, Queens NY
Died: 15 July 1986, Los Angeles CA
Was married to George Gruskin. Florence is the sister of Billy Halop.
As noted in her Mar-Ken Yearbook, Florence started her radio comedy work at the age of 4 in New York. While at Mar-Ken she acted in two movies and after graduation in 1940 she continued her radio work, moving on to many TV roles until she died in 1986 of lung cancer. As noted on the Internet Movie Database website, Flo, as she was sometimes known, “found TV comedy to be her medium, drawing laughs alone with her short stature, feisty demeanor and unmistakable rasp.”
– By Alan Simon for Mar-Ken.org
From the October 13, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
Florence Halop is on the Editorial Staff of this newspaper.
From the November 24, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
•THANKSGIVING DOINS’: Most of our students are anticipating a grand time on Thanksgiving. Here are some of their plans: – –
Buddy Pepper, Florence Halop and Grace Clark (besides many others) TO THE USC vs UCLA game.
•PREVIEWS: ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES. Reviewd by Florece Halop.
A Sam Bishoff Production. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, Humphrey Bogart.
“Angels With Dirty Faces,” in my opinion, is one of the most exciting pictures in weeks!
It is a story of the slums; the conditions that make them; the people they turn out – –
The picture deals with Rocky (a hardened gangster) and Jerry (a parish priest), Rocky’s boyhood chum. Jerry’s work leads him to helping a gang of ruffians (Dead End Gang) become good citizens. Rocky’s daring escapades in crime soon make him the kids’ hero. When the police catch him and he is sentenced to the electric chair, the boys are fascinated by Rocky’s threat to laugh in the warden’s face when he goes to the chair. What follows you must see to appreciate.
Don’t miss this swell picture!
From the December 16, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
•JUNIOR CARNIVAL AN EVENT
Whoops, shouts, and laughter mingled with the loud, hoarse cries of the barker greeted the students of our school indicating that the Carnival Game booths, food booths, and fun concessions met the eye on all sides. Here was Buddy McCallister, barking for the “Kiss Booth” – – the kisses being Betty Hainey and June Ross. Hal Belter “barked” for the Carnival attracting visitors to Florence Halop’s “Raffle Surprise,” Kingston Deat’s “Raffle of a Xmas Tree,” Harvey Dack’s “Wheel of Fortune,” and Ray Sperry’s “Darts and Balloons.” Marilyn Gates watched the finances, while the other girls and boys helped with the food booths and such. Throwing-of-Rings formed another popular booth.
The students of the 11th Grade worked hard to make their affair a success, and according to attendance and cooperation, it was!
•WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR CHRISTMAS – With family
WHAT THEY WANT FROM SANTA CLAUS – Leopard coat
From the Mar-Ken 1940 Yearbook:
Florence Halop, comes to us direct from New York City. She has done professional work for twelve years. Florence likes boys and convertible cars, but she doesn’t like catty girls and streetcars. She sings and dances and likes nearly every color in the rainbow. The majority of the “Pop” tunes appeal to her. At present her ambition is to become a fine dramatic actress and later a good housewife.
Florence Halop was “Honorable Mention” for the “Highest Scholastic Achievement” award, 1940.
From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Florence Halop attending U.C.L.A. and taking a pre-law course.
From the November 8, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Florence Halop is continuing her Pre-law course at U.C.L.A.
Links to other resources about Florence Halop:
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