Barbara Hale

Actor, Model
To her fans, Barbara Hale seemed born to play the role of Della Street, savvy and streetwise secretary of Raymond Burr's indefatigable public defender "Perry Mason" (CBS, 1957-1966), but she nearly walked away from the ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1922 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Case of the Courtroom Legend 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatever Became Of...? 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Wednesday 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Barlow (Actor)

The Giant Spider Invasion 1974 (Movie)

Dr Jenny Langer (Actor)

Airport 1970 (Movie)

Sarah Demerest (Actor)

The Red, White and Black 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Buckskin 1968 (Movie)

Sarah Cody (Actor)

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossroads 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oklahoman 1957 (Movie)

Anne Barnes (Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Seventh Cavalry 1955 (Movie)

Martha Kellofff (Actor)

The Far Horizons 1955 (Movie)

Julia Hancock (Actor)

Unchained 1955 (Movie)

Mary Davitt (Actor)

Seminole 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jackpot 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

And Baby Makes Three 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jolson Sings Again 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Boy With Green Hair 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Likely Story (Movie)

Vickie North (Actor)

First Yank into Tokyo (Movie)

Abby Drake (Actor)

Gildersleeve on Broadway (Movie)

Stocking salesgirl (Actor)

Gildersleeve's Bad Day (Movie)

Girl at party and dance (Actor)

Goin' to Town (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

Government Girl (Movie)

(Actor)

Heavenly Days (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Higher and Higher (Movie)

Catherine Keating (Actor)

Lady Luck (Movie)

Mary Audrey (Actor)

Last of the Comanches (Movie)

Julia Lanning (Actor)

Lorna Doone (Movie)

Lorna Doone (Actor)

Perry Mason (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Mason Returns (TV Show)

Actor

The Falcon in Danger (Movie)

(Actor)

The Falcon in Hollywood (Movie)

Peggy Callahan (Actor)

The Falcon out West (Movie)

Marion Colby (Actor)

The Lone Hand (Movie)

Sarah Jane Skaggs (Actor)

The Seventh Victim (Movie)

Young Lover (Actor)

The Window (Movie)

Mrs. Woodry (Actor)

West of the Pecos (Movie)

Rill Lambeth (Actor)

Biography

To her fans, Barbara Hale seemed born to play the role of Della Street, savvy and streetwise secretary of Raymond Burr's indefatigable public defender "Perry Mason" (CBS, 1957-1966), but she nearly walked away from the opportunity. Having arrived in Hollywood during World War II, the Illinois native was put to work in bit parts and as a pin-up for home studio RKO. Just as she began to merit better roles - in Joseph Losey's pacifist parable "The Boy with the Green Hair" (1947) and the nifty noir "The Window" (1949) - her contract expired. Floating to Columbia, Hale matured as a leading lady opposite Jimmy Stewart in "The Jackpot" (1951) and James Cagney in "A Lion is in the Streets" (1953) but marriage and motherhood prompted the actress to seek out short-term television work, which kept her closer to home. A shot as a regular on "Perry Mason" failed to spark Hale's interest until she learned her co-star would be Raymond Burr, an old friend from her days at RKO. Burr and Hale weathered nine seasons of the highly-rated courtroom drama and remained lifelong friends, reuniting 20 years after the cancellation of the original series for a run of successful telefilm follow-ups, which found Perry and Della slowed by age but unwavering in their shared devotion to the law. Widowed in 1992 and mourning the loss of Burr the following year, Hale retired in 1995, content in her legacy as a consummate character actress and the definitive Della Street.

Relationships

William Katt Actor

Son

Bill Williams Actor

Husband

EDUCATION

Chicago Academy for the Arts

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

1983

Credited as a song performer (hymns), in the feature, "My Brother's Wedding"

1978

Last appearance in a feature, "Big Wednesday"

1957

Featured in the long-running series, "Perry Mason," as his secretary, Della Street

1955

Appeared in the special, "Meet the Governor"

1951

TV debut as a guest performer, "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars"

1943

First starring role in a feature, "The Falcon in Hollywood"

1942

Feature debut, "Higher and Higher"

Reprised her role as Della Street in a string of TV movies, beginning with, "Perry Mason Returns"

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