Barbara Hale

Born Apr 18, 1922

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.

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1922 Birth Born on April 18, 1922.


1943 21 Years Old Hale moved to Hollywood in 1943, and made her first screen appearances playing small parts (often uncredited). … Read More
1946 24 Years Old …  They married June 22, 1946, and became the parents of two daughters, Jodi and Juanita, and a son, actor William Katt. … Read More


1953 31 Years Old She played the top-billed title role in Lorna Doone (1951), co-starred with James Stewart in The Jackpot (1951), with James Cagney in a 1953 drama, A Lion Is in the Streets, and opposite Rock Hudson in 1953's Seminole.
1955 33 Years Old She then appeared in 1955's The Far Horizons with Fred MacMurray and Charlton Heston, also working with some of Hollywood's best-known leading men of the day.
1957 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Hale's flourishing movie career more or less ended when Hale accepted her best known role as legal secretary Della Street in the television series Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr as the titular character. The show ran from 1957 to 1966, and she reprised the role in 30 Perry Mason television films (1985–95).


1971 49 Years Old Hale's career became inextricably linked with that of Perry Mason co-star Burr, including her 1971 guest-starring role on his next series, Ironside, in an episode titled "Murder Impromptu," followed by their 1980s and early '90s TV movies together.


1982 60 Years Old She also guest-starred as the mother of Ralph Hinkley (played by Katt) in a 1982 episode of The Greatest American Hero (Episode 29, "Who's Woo in America"), and appeared as his mother in the movie Big Wednesday (1978). … Read More
2001 79 Years Old She was presented one of the Golden Boot Awards in 2001 for her contributions to western cinema.
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