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Overview (4)

Born in DeKalb, Illinois, USA
Died in Sherman Oaks, California, USA  (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Nickname Barb
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara was born on 18 April 1922, as one of two children. As a young girl, Ms. Hale intended to major in art and drawing but to work her way through The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, she began her professional career as a model for a comic strip called "Ramblin' Bill." Barbara is best remembered as Della Street, long time secretary to attorney Perry Mason on the TV series Perry Mason (1957) from 1957 to 1966 and again in over 25 Perry Mason TV movies from 1985 to 1995. She married actor Bill Williams in 1946. He was best remembered for his portrayal of Kit Carson in The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951) from 1951 to 1955. The couple had three children - two daughters: Jody (born in 1947), Juanita (born in 1953), and in 1951 a son William Katt who is the spitting image of his father. William Katt is best known for his character, Ralph Hinkley, the klutzy superhero in The Greatest American Hero from 1981 to 1986.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Brian Kelleher

Spouse (1)

Bill Williams (22 June 1946 - 21 September 1992) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (11)

The daughter of Wilma (Colvin) and Luther Ezra Hale, a landscape gardener, she married actor Bill Williams (birth name Hermann August Wilhelm Katt, hence the last name of their children was Katt). The couple had three children: Jody Katt (born 1947), actor William Katt (1951) and Juanita Katt (born 1953). She and William Katt, appeared together in Big Wednesday (1978), The Greatest American Hero: Who's Woo in America (1982), and in the NBC television-movie reboots of Perry Mason. She had six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
During her time on Perry Mason (1957), Ms. Hale was known industry-wide for her screams. "She has the best shriek in Hollywood", Raymond Burr once said.
Has an orchid named after her (cultivated by Raymond Burr).
On the Perry Mason (1957) set she sketched constantly.
According to official voter registration records on file at the office of the Los Angeles County Clerk-Recorder, Hale's date of birth was April 18, 1922. (Some sources had cited 1921.).
Graduate of Rockford (Illinois) High School, class of 1940. Was voted the May Queen her senior year in high school.
Best remembered by the public for her starring role as confidential secretary "Della Street" in Perry Mason (1957).
Was one of the original 'Dr Pepper" girls featured in the soda company's calendars in the 1940s and 50s. Her photo can be see at the Dr Pepper Museum in Dublin, Texas (not to be confused with the Waco Dr Pepper Museum).
Currently resides in Palm Desert, California and Los Angeles, California. [August 2005]
Barbara Hale was absent from 8 episodes of the 271 episodes of the show Perry Mason (1957) bringing her total count to 263 episodes of the series acting her famous role of Della Street, but she did appear in the credits of all 271 episodes, due to what is known in the television industry as "credit only.".
She and her Perry Mason: The Case of the Bullied Bowler (1964) co-star Mike Connors both died on January 26, 2017.

Personal Quotes (2)

[about her marriage to Bill Williams] It took me two years to talk him into marrying me.
[about making West of the Pecos (1945)] I told the director, Edward Killy, about casting a smaller role in the film for Bill Williams [her future husband]. Killy was sort of a stocky man, and had a cigar. He was a short man, and that cigar was about as big as he was . . . He smoked all the time! But he said, "Sure, Barb, I'll get Bill Williams up here in Lone Pine". He knew I had a crush on Bill. So Killy said, "I'll give him one scene at the beginning of the shoot and another at the end of the picture, so Bill can stay the whole time!". That was so nice of him.

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