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Barbara Hale

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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Born:
Apr 18, 1922 In DeKalb, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
72
First Appeared:
In the movie The Iron Major 1943-10-31
Latest Project:
Movie A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester 1995-04-10
Known For
Poster of Unchained
Poster of A Likely Story
Poster of Government Girl
Poster of The Iron Major
Filmography

A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester (1995)

Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
6 2 votes

A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (1994)

Drama
Movie
as Della Street
6.0 1 votes

A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor (1994)

Mystery Crime
Movie
as Della Street
8 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (1993)

Drama Mystery
Movie
as Della Street

Perry Mason: The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host (1993)

Drama
Movie
as Della Street
6 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Wicked Wives (1993)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Della Street
7 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss (1993)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Della Street
6 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing (1992)

Crime Drama Mystery TV Movie
Movie
as Della Street
5 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Della Street

Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992)

Drama Mystery
Movie
as Della Street

Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (1991)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Della Street
6 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (1991)

Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
6 2 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin (1991)

Drama Thriller Crime
Movie
as Della Street
7 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (1991)

Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
6 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990)

Mystery
Movie
as Ken Malansky
5 3 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen (1990)

Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
5 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990)

Drama Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
6 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (1990)

Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
5.0 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson (1989)

Mystery Drama
Movie
as Della Street
5 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder (1989)

Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
7.5 2 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin (1989)

Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
4 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace (1988)

Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
6 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (1988)

Crime Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
6.0 2 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (1987)

Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
6.5 2 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Della Street
6.5 2 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (1987)

Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
5.5 2 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel (1987)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Della Street

Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun (1986)

Movie
as Della Street
7 1 votes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (1986)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Della Street
6 2 votes

Perry Mason Returns (1985)

Crime Drama Thriller Mystery
Movie
as Della Street
6.5 2 votes

The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Dr. Jenny Langer
3.7 10 votes

Airport (1970)

Action Drama Thriller
Movie
as Sarah Bakersfeld Demerest
6.2 82 votes

The Red, White, and Black (1970)

Western Romance
Movie

Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.6 4 votes

Buckskin (1968)

Western
Movie
as Sarah Cody
2 1 votes

The Oklahoman (1957)

Western
Movie
as Anne
2.6 4 votes

Slim Carter (1957)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Allie Hanneman

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Della Street
7.9 23 votes

7th Cavalry (1956)

Western
Movie
as Martha Kellogg
5.8 4 votes

The Houston Story (1956)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Zoe Crane
5 1 votes

The Millionaire (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 2 votes

The Far Horizons (1955)

Action History Western Romance
Movie
as Julia Hancock
4 3 votes

Screen Directors Playhouse: Meet the Governor (1955)

Comedy
Movie
as June Waters

Unchained (1955)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Mary Davitt

Lassie (1954)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.2 10 votes

Climax! (1954)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

Last of the Comanches (1953)

Western Action Adventure
Movie
as Julia Lanning
6 5 votes

A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)

Drama
Movie
as Verity Wade
6 3 votes

Seminole (1953)

Action
Movie
as Revere
5.5 2 votes

The Lone Hand (1953)

Western
Movie
as Sarah Jane Skaggs
3 3 votes

Letter to Loretta (1953)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The First Time (1952)

Comedy
Movie
as Betsey Bennett
6.5 1 votes

Lorna Doone (1951)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Lorna Doone
5.5 1 votes

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Jackpot (1950)

Comedy
Movie
as Amy Lawrence
5.5 4 votes

Emergency Wedding (1950)

Comedy
Movie
as Dr. Helen Hunt

The Clay Pigeon (1949)

Crime
Movie
as Martha Gregory
4.4 4 votes

The Window (1949)

Thriller
Movie
as Mrs. Mary Woodry
7.3 11 votes

And Baby Makes Three (1949)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Jacqueline 'Jackie' Walsh
5.5 1 votes

Jolson Sings Again (1949)

Drama Music
Movie
as Ellen Clark
6.5 2 votes

The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

Drama Comedy Family
Movie
as Miss Brand
5.9 15 votes

A Likely Story (1947)

Comedy
Movie
as Vicki North
6.0 2 votes

Lady Luck (1946)

Movie
as Mary Audrey
7 2 votes

West of the Pecos (1945)

Action Western
Movie
as Rill Lambeth
0.0 1 votes

First Yank Into Tokyo (1945)

War Drama
Movie
as Abby Drake
0.0 1 votes

Heavenly Days (1944)

Comedy
Movie
as Angie

The Falcon Out West (1944)

Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Marion Colby
6 4 votes

The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)

Crime Mystery Drama
Movie
as Peggy Callahan
5.5 4 votes

The Iron Major (1943)

Drama
Movie
as Sarah Cavanaugh
10 1 votes

Higher and Higher (1943)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Katherine
6 1 votes

Government Girl (1943)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Girl in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
5.5 4 votes