Hale, Barbara, 1922-...

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Barbara Hale was born in DeKalb, IL on April 18, 1922. She attended Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago before starting her acting career with a role in Higher and Higher (1943). She married actor Bill Williams in 1946. Hale has appeared in numerous screen and television productions but is most recognized as her character Della Street, legal secretary in the television drama Perry Mason (1957-66). Perry Mason was created by mystery writer Erle Stanley Gardner and was one of longest running lawyer programs on American television (1957-1966, CBS). Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) was ably assisted by Della Street and Paul Drake (William Hopper). Each episode centered around court cases fought against district attorney Hamilton Berger (William Talman). In 1985 Hale and Burr reprised their roles for a series of television movies based on the original Perry Mason television series (1985-95).

From the description of Papers, 1957-1994; bulk 1957-1966 and 1985-1994. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 320042703

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referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Hale, Barbara, 1922-. Papers, 1957-1994; bulk 1957-1966 and 1985-1994. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Zero and Kate Mostel papers, 1915-1986 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
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associatedWith Mostel, Zero, 1915-1977 person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
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Birth 1922-04-18



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