skip navigation
Barbara Hale

Barbara Hale

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (6)

Recent DVDs

 
 

West Of The... When Col. Lamberth and his daughter Rill reluctantly head to Texas from Chicago,... more info $9.98was $9.98 Buy Now

Perry Mason:... Actors: Raymond Burr Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen,... more info $22.98was $22.98 Buy Now

Jolson Sings... Nominated for three Academy Awards, "Jolson Sings Again" (1949) is a Technicolor... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

Perry Mason:... The second half of the first season of Perry Mason looks just as good as its... more info $22.98was $22.98 Buy Now

Perry Mason:... Perry Mason Is An Attorney Who Specializes In Defending Seemingly Indefensible... more info $22.98was $22.98 Buy Now

Perry Mason:... Perry Mason Is An Attorney Who Specializes In Defending Seemingly Indefensible... more info $22.98was $22.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 18, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: DeKalb, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ... actor model
RATE AND COMMENT

BIOGRAPHY

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.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute