Barbara Hale

Actress / Television Actress / Film Actress | * 04/18/1922 († 94, 01/26/2017) | DeKalb, Illinois (United States of America (USA))
Barbara Hale (April 18, 1922 – January 26, 2017) was an American actress who portrayed legal secretary Della Street in the dramatic television series Perry Mason (1957–1966), earning her a 1959 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She reprised the role in 30 Perry Mason made-for-television movies (1985–1995). ()

Barbara Hale is an American actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on more than 250 episodes of the long-running Perry Mason television series and later reprising the role in 30 made-for-TV movies.Hale was born in DeKalb, Illinois, to Luther Ezra Hale, a landscape gardener, and his wife, Wilma Colvin. She is of Scots-Irish ancestry. Hale graduated from high school in Rockford, Illinois, then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, planning to become an artist. Her performing career began in Chicago when she started modeling to pay for her education. She moved to Hollywood in 1943, and made her first screen appearances playing small parts (often uncredited).Hale was under contract to RKO Radio Pictures through the late 1940s. She appeared in Higher and Higher (1943) with Frank Sinatra; played leading lady to Robert Mitchum in West of the Pecos (1945); enjoyed top billing in both Lady Luck (1946) opposite Robert Young and The Window (1949) with Arthur Kennedy; and co-starred in Jolson Sings Again (1949), with Larry Parks playing Al Jolson and Hale as Jolson's wife, Ellen Clark. She played the top-billed title role in Lorna Doone (1951) and portrayed Julia Hancock in The Far Horizons (1955) with Fred MacMurray and Charlton Heston.Her flourishing movie career more or less ended when Hale accepted her best known role, Della Street, secretary to attorney Perry Mason, in the TV series with Raymond Burr. The show ran from 1957 to 1966, and she reprised the role in several television movies. Her last performance to date was in 2000 at age 78. In 1967 she guest starred on the ABC series Custer. Hale also had a featured role in the 1970 ensemble film Airport, playing the wife of a jetliner pilot (Dean Martin).

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Mystery

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Awards & Nominations for Barbara Hale

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Movies with Barbara Hale as Actress(71)

as Della Street1985 Perry Mason Returns
as Mrs. Ogle1978 The Young Runaways
as Mrs. Barlow1978 Big Wednesday
as Dr. Jenny Langer1975 The Giant Spider Invasion
as Sarah Demerest1970 Airport
as Mrs. Alice Grierson1970 The Red, White, and Black
as Sarah Cody1968 Buckskin
as Celie Edwards1958 Desert Hell
as Allie Hanneman1957 Slim Carter
as Anne1957 The Oklahoman
as Zoe Crane1956 The Houston Story
as Martha Kellogg1956 7th Cavalry
as Mary Davitt1955 Unchained
as Julia Hancock1955 The Far Horizons
as Verity Wade1953 A Lion Is in the Streets
as Revere1953 Seminole
as Julia Lanning1953 Last of the Comanches
as Sarah Jane Skaggs1953 The Lone Hand
as Betsey Bennett1952 The First Time
as Lorna Doone1951 Lorna Doone
as Amy Lawrence1950 The Jackpot
as Dr. Helen Hunt1950 Emergency Wedding
as Ellen Clark1949 Jolson Sings Again
as Mary Woodry1949 The Window
as Martha Gregory1949 The Clay Pigeon
as Jacqueline 'Jackie' Walsh1949 And Baby Makes Three
as Miss Brand1948 The Boy with Green Hair
as Vicki1947 A Likely Story
as Mary Audrey1946 Lady Luck
as Abby Drake1945 First Yank into Tokyo
as Rill Lambeth1945 West of the Pecos
as Patty1944 Goin' to Town
as Marion Colby1944 The Falcon Out West
as Peggy Callahan1944 The Falcon in Hollywood
as Miss Barlow1944 Prunes and Politics
as Angie1944 Heavenly Days
as Subway Passenger (Uncredited)1943 The Seventh Victim
as Sarah Cavanaugh1943 The Iron Major
as herself1943 Around the World
as Katherine1943 Higher and Higher
as Girl in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)1943 Government Girl
as Girl seeking donations from Gildersleeve1943 Gildersleeve's Bad Day

TV Shows/Series with Barbara Hale as Actress(11)

as Marjorie Brandon1969 Marcus Welby, M.D.
as Della Street1957 Perry Mason
as Kathy Munson / Marian Munson1955 The Millionaire
1954 Lassie
as Mamie Eunson1954 Climax!
as Ellen Newman1953 General Electric Theater
as Lorraine1953 General Electric Theater
as Mrs. Strawn1953 Letter to Loretta
as Marta Linden1952 The Ford Television Theatre
as Ginny Morgan1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

Additional Information

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Full Name: Barbara Hale
Born: Tuesday, 04/18 1922 (April) in DeKalb, Illinois (United States of America (USA))
Died: Thursday, 01/26 2017 (January) in Sherman Oaks (aged: 94)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Rockford Central High School
Spouses (current/former): Bill Williams
Children: William Katt
Barbara Hale frequently works together with these people:
Loretta Young (117x, Actress)
Dean Hargrove (40x, Crew)
Joel Steiger (37x, Crew)
Billy Ray Smith (36x, Crew)
Wayne Fitzgerald (31x, Crew)
Dick DeBenedictis (31x, Crew)
Fred Silverman (30x, Crew)
Fred Steiner (30x, Crew)
David Solomon (29x, Crew)
Dennis Smith (29x, Crew)
Donna Colabella (28x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:28807, Added: 05/08/2018, Last updated: 03/25/2023