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Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:20 PM

 

Barbara Hale, Perry Mason's Della Street dead at 94

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Barbara Hale, the Loyal Della Street on 'Perry Mason,' Dies at 94



The Emmy-winning actress, a former starlet at RKO Pictures, starred opposite Raymond Burr on the long-running legal drama.
Barbara Hale, who played the steadfast secretary Della Street opposite Raymond Burr on the legendary courtroom drama Perry Mason for nine seasons and 30 telefilms, has died. She was 94.

Hale, a former contract player at RKO and Columbia who made more than 50 films before landing her signature role, died Thursday at her Sherman Oaks home in Los Angeles.

Survivors include her son William Katt, best known as the star of the 1980s ABC series The Greatest American Hero. He reported her death on Facebook.

"We’ve all been so lucky to have her for so long," Katt wrote. "She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with. A wonderful actress and smart businesswoman, she was most of all a treasure as a friend and mother!"

Hale was mulling retirement to raise her three young children with her husband, actor Bill Williams (The Adventures of Kit Carson), when producer Gail Patrick Jackson approached her about playing Della on Perry Mason.

She quickly accepted the gig when she discovered that Burr, her old friend from RKO, was going to star as the fictional defense attorney in the series based on the Erle Stanley Gardner mystery novels.

Hale received two Emmy nominations (winning in 1959) for playing the quiet beauty who was the rock of stability on Mason's team. She liked the fact that Della was unmarried and without kids so it wouldn't confuse her real-life children.

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Cross gently, Barbara.

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Cooley Hurd Jan 2017 OP
CherokeeDem Jan 2017 #1
sdfernando Jan 2017 #2
CentralMass Jan 2017 #3
shenmue Jan 2017 #4
AngryAmish Jan 2017 #5
Gidney N Cloyd Jan 2017 #10
Tarheel_Dem Jan 2017 #6
colsohlibgal Jan 2017 #7
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longship Jan 2017 #9

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:25 PM

1. I loved this show....

Watch it still...

Sad to see our childhood icons leaving us.

RIP Barbara....

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:27 PM

2. RIP Barbara

You'll always be Della to me.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:33 PM

3. Celebrity deaths seem to happen in three's. Mary Tyler Moore,, Mike Conners, and Barbara Hale.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:36 PM

4. Rest in peace

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:37 PM

5. Tom Thayer tells a hilarious Raymond Burr story

 

Counselor, see me in my quarters.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 10:46 PM

10. Is it wrong? ;-)

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:43 PM

6. RIP Della.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:48 PM

7. They Are Leaving Faster And Faster

Or so it seems. As we get older the icons of our younger days get older. That doesn't make it easier to take, it is so sad, Barbara Hale, as MTM, encouraged we younger gals to aspire to greater heights. RIP Barbara, you will be missed.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 10:20 PM

8. She reprised her Della Street role in the Perry Mason movies for NBC

Those I remember. And her real life son, William Katt, played Perry's detective Paul Drake Jr. William Hopper played the original Paul Drake in the series, but that actor died young. And his mother was Hedda Hopper. She lived a long life, but it's still very sad that we're losing so many right now. I was also a Mannix fan and, of course, loved Mary Tyler Moore...

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Fri Jan 27, 2017, 10:37 PM

9. I loved that program. nt

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