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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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Nascido(a):
Apr 18, 1922 No(a) DeKalb, Illinois, USA
Filme / Créditos de TV:
26
Apareceu pela primeira vez:
No(a) movie Government Girl 1943-11-05
Último projeto:
Filme A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester 1995-04-10
Conhecido Por
Filmografia
Filme A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester Della Street 1995-04-10
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Wicked Wives Della Street 1993-12-17
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss Della Street 1993-11-29
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal Della Street 1993-02-19
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride Della Street 1992-10-30
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo Della Street 1992-05-05
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing Della Street 1992-03-01
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Della Street 1991-09-24
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin Della Street 1991-05-14
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster Della Street 1991-02-11
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Della Street 1991-01-06
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Della Street 1990-05-20
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace Della Street 1988-02-28
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake Della Street 1988-05-15
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit Della Street 1987-05-24
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love Della Street 1987-02-23
Filme Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun Della Street 1986-05-29
Filme Aeroporto 70 Sarah Bakersfeld Demerest 1970-03-05
Series Perry Mason Della Street 1957-09-21
Filme Lorna Doone Lorna Doone 1951-05-31
Filme The Jackpot Amy Lawrence 1950-11-01
Filme A Likely Story Vicki North 1947-04-18
Filme Lady Luck Mary Audrey 1946-10-30
Filme The Falcon in Hollywood Peggy Callahan 1944-12-08
Filme Heavenly Days Angie 1944-01-01
Filme Government Girl Girl in Hotel Lobby (uncredited) 1943-11-05