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      Barbara Hale

      Barbara Hale

      Highest Rated: 100% Jolson Sings Again (1949)

      Lowest Rated: 67% Big Wednesday (1978)

      Birthday: Apr 18, 1922

      Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, USA

      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. Barbara Hale died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on January 26, 2017. She was 94.

      Highest rated movies

      The Window
      Jolson Sings Again
      The Seventh Victim
      The Boy With Green Hair
      Airport
      Big Wednesday
      A Lion Is in the Streets

      Photos

      WEST OF THE PECOS, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Hale, 1945 UNCHAINED, Barbara Hale, Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch, 1955 AND BABY MAKES THREE, from left: Robert Young, Barbara Hale, between scenes, on set, 1949 THE FALCON IN HOLLYWOOD, from left, Tom Conway, Barbara Hale, 1944 THE FIRST TIME, Barbara Hale, 1952 SEMINOLE, Anthony Quinn, Barbara Hale, 1953 THE FIRST TIME, Robert Cummings, Barbara Hale, 1952 AND BABY MAKES THREE, Robert Hutton, Barbara Hale, 1949 AND BABY MAKES THREE, from left, Barbara Hale, Robert Young, Janis Carter, 1949 AND BABY MAKES THREE, from left: Robert Young, Barbara Hale, 1949 HIGHER AND HIGHER, Barbara Hale, 1943 FIRST YANK INTO TOKYO, Barbara Hale, 1945 THE WINDOW, Arthur Kennedy, Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, 1949 HIGHER AND HIGHER, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Hale, 1943, staircase WEST OF THE PECOS, Barbara Hale, 1945 THE OKLAHOMAN, from left, Joel McCrea, Barbara Hale, 1957 FIRST YANK INTO TOKYO, Barbara Hale, Richard Loo, 1945 LORNA DOONE, Barbara Hale, 1951 HIGHER AND HIGHER, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Hale, 1943 A LION IS IN THE STREETS, James Cagney, Barbara Hale, 1953

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 20% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester Della Street (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 20% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle Della Street (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 33% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor Della Street (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 56% Perry Mason: The Case of the Tell-Tale Talk Show Host Della Street (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 50% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives Della Street (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss Della Street (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 50% Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal Della Street (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 40% Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride Della Street (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 25% Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo Della Street (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin Della Street (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 40% Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Della Street (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 33% Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Della Street (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster Della Street (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 60% Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception Della Street (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen Della Street (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Della Street (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 50% Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter Della Street (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 38% Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin Della Street (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 50% Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder Della Street (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson Della Street (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 71% Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake Della Street (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 60% Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace Della Street (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel Della Street (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 80% Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit Della Street (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 60% Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam Della Street (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 80% Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love Della Street (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star Della Street (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 50% Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun Della Street (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 71% Perry Mason Returns Della Street (Character) - 1985
      67% 87% Big Wednesday Mrs. Barlow (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flight of the Grey Wolf Mrs. Hanson (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 14% The Giant Spider Invasion Dr. Jenny Langer (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Soldier Mrs. Alice Grierson (Character) - 1970
      75% 54% Airport Sarah Bakersfeld Demerest (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Buckskin Sarah Cody (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desert Hell Celie Edwards (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 25% The Oklahoman Ann Barnes (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Slim Carter Allie Hanneman (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 42% 7th Cavalry Martha Kellogg (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Country Husband Mrs. Julia Wiley (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 50% The Houston Story Zoe Crane (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 38% The Far Horizons Julia Hancock (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unchained Mary Davitt (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Hand Sarah Jane Skaggs (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 40% Seminole Revere (Character) - 1953
      67% 25% A Lion Is in the Streets Verity Wade (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 62% Last of the Comanches Julie Lanning (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Time Betsey Bennet (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lorna Doone Lorna Doone (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Emergency Wedding Dr. Helen Hunt (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 62% The Jackpot Amy Lawrence (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet And Baby Makes Three Jacqueline "Jackie" Walsh (Character) - 1949
      100% 76% The Window Mrs. Mary Woodry (Character) - 1949
      100% 63% Jolson Sings Again Ellen Clark (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 38% The Clay Pigeon Martha Gregory (Character) - 1949
      82% 57% The Boy With Green Hair Miss Brand (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Likely Story Vickie North (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Luck Mary Audrey (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet First Yank Into Tokyo Abby Drake (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet West of the Pecos Rill Lambeth (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goin' to Town Patty (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prunes and Politics Unknown (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 42% The Falcon in Hollywood Peggy Callahan (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 20% The Falcon Out West Marion Colby (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 43% Higher and Higher Katherine Keating (Character) - 1943
      95% 62% The Seventh Victim Subway Passenger (uncredited) (Character) - 1943

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest American Hero Paula Hinkley (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Marjorie Brandon (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam-12 Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Sarah Caldwell (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Della Street (Character) 1957-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1952