Mel Brooks’ ex-wife, Florence Baum Biography: Age, Height, Net Worth, Death, Wikipedia, Children, Movies

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Florence Baum was an American actress and dancer best known for being the first wife of the legendary comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks.

She appeared in several Broadway shows and TV programs, such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Jackie Gleason Show, and Places Please.

She was also the mother of three of Mel Brooks’ children: Stephanie, Nicky, and Eddie.


  • Full name: Florence Baum
  • Date of birth: 1926
  • Date of death: 2008
  • Age at death: 82
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: New York, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress and dancer
  • Height: 5’4″ (163 cm)
  • Parents: N/A
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: Mel Brooks (m. 1953-1962)
  • Children: 3
  • Relationship status: Divorced
  • Net worth: $3 million

Early Life & Education

Florence Baum was 82 years old when she passed away in 2008. She was born in 1926 in New York City. She grew up in a Jewish family and developed a passion for dancing and acting from a young age.

She attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan, where she honed her skills and talents. She graduated in 1944 and pursued a career in show business.

Personal Life

Florence Baum met Mel Brooks, whose original name was Melvin Kaminsky, in the early 1950s.

They fell in love and got married in 1953. They had three children together: Stephanie, born in 1956; Nicky, born in 1957; and Eddie, born in 1959.

Florence supported Mel’s career as a comedian and writer and often accompanied him to his shows and events.

However, their marriage had problems. Mel was reportedly unfaithful to Florence and had affairs with other women, including Anne Bancroft, who later became his second wife.

Florence and Mel divorced in 1962 after nine years of marriage. Florence never remarried and remained single for the rest of her life.

She maintained a cordial relationship with Mel and their children and was a loving grandmother to Mel’s two grandchildren.


Florence Baum started her career as a dancer on Broadway, appearing in musicals such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, in 1949. She also performed in shows such as The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and It Just Occurred To Me.

She transitioned to acting and appeared in several TV programs, such as The Jackie Gleason Show, a popular comedy variety show, in 1952, and Places Please, a game show, in 1958.

She also had a small role in The Producers, directed by her ex-husband Mel Brooks, in 1967. She retired from acting in the 1970s and focused on her family and personal life.

Net Worth

Florence Baum had an estimated net worth of $3 million at her death.

She earned her wealth from her career as an actress and dancer and from her divorce settlement with Mel Brooks.


Florence Baum died in 2008 at the age of 82. The cause of her death was not publicly disclosed, but it was reported that she had been ill for some time.

She was buried in a private ceremony attended by her family and close friends.

Her three children and two grandchildren survived her, and her ex-husband, Mel Brooks, paid tribute to her as a wonderful woman and a great mother.

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  • The Producers
  • Places Please
  • The Jackie Gleason Show

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