11 Facts About Barbara Hale

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Barbara Hale was an American actress who portrayed legal secretary Della Street in the dramatic television series Perry Mason, earning her a 1959 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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2.

Barbara Hale was born in DeKalb, Illinois, to Wilma and Luther Ezra Hale, a landscape gardener.

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3.

In 1940, Barbara Hale was a member of the final graduating class from Rockford High School in Rockford, Illinois, then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, planning to be an artist.

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4.

Barbara Hale moved to Hollywood in 1943, and under contract to RKO Radio Pictures, made her first screen appearance in Gildersleeve's Bad Day.

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5.

Barbara Hale had leading roles in movies including West of the Pecos with Robert Mitchum in his second film as the leading man, Lady Luck — opposite Robert Young in what she described as her first "full stardom" and "her fifth A picture" — and The Window .

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6.

Barbara Hale was considering retirement from acting when she accepted her best known role, as legal secretary Della Street in the television series Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr as the titular character.

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7.

Barbara Hale continued her role as Della in the four telefilms produced after Burr's death in 1993, subtitled A Perry Mason Mystery .

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8.

Barbara Hale's career became inextricably linked with that of Perry Mason co-star Burr; she guest-starred in "Murder Impromptu", a 1971 episode of his next series, Ironside.

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9.

Barbara Hale'slast on-screen appearance was a TV biographical documentary about Burr that aired in 2000.

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10.

Barbara Hale guest-starred on Katt's series, The Greatest American Hero in which Katt played the title role, aka Ralph Hinkley; Barbara Hale played Hinkley's mother in the 1982 episode, "Who's Woo in America".

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11.

Barbara Hale was recognized as a Star of Television on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8,1960.

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