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'Perry Mason' Star Barbara Hale Dead at 94

31 January 2017, 12:40 | Anna Nguyen

'Perry Mason' Star Barbara Hale Dead at 94

REX  Shutterstock Barbara Hale Raymond Burr William Talman Perry Mason- 1957-1966 CBS-TV USA

Last Thursday it was announced that Emmy victor, Barbara Hale, died at the age of 94.

He wrote: "We've all been so lucky to have her for so long". "She left peacefully at her home in Sherman Oaks Ca surrounded by close family and dear friends".

The TV star, who played secretary Della Street in Perry Mason, passed away at her home in Sherman Oaks, California on Thursday (26Jan17). Hale continued her role in the 1980s revival of the show.

Her son William Katt played the bumbling superhero Ralph Hinkley in The Greatest American Hero. "A wonderful actress and smart business woman she was most of all a treasure as a friend and mother".

Born in DeKalb, Illinois in 1922, Hale was the second child of Willa and Luther Hale. She won a beauty contest while in high school, and while attending the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, she began modeling. Hale made a decision to move to Hollywood in 1943.

She lucked out on being cast on her first day at work after another actress fell sick.

"Perry Mason", which followed the exploits of a Los Angeles trial lawyer who regularly outwitted the prosecution to clear his innocent clients, ran on the CBS network for nine seasons from 1957 to 1966.

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The on-air chemistry between Hale and Burr and the affection their characters had for each other helped endear the show to viewers for decades. She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with.

Hale won an Emmy, TV's highest honor, for her role in 1959 and was nominated for another two years later. He received another nomination in 1961. She came back as Della in the 30 "Perry Mason" TV movies in 1985. This was the full message from her son William. Despite original actor Raymond Burr's death, Hal Holbrook took over the role of Mason.

"If anybody had a hero, I did".

Hale will probably be remembered as Della. She was in "Higher and Higher" (1943) where she sang with Frank Sinatra.

She co-starred with Larry Parks in "Jolson Sings Again" (1949), playing a wife of the entertainer Al Jolson, as Stewart's spouse in the light comedy "The Jackpot" (1950), and in the title role in the costume romance "Lorna Doone" (1951), with Richard Greene. In "The Far Horizons" (1955), with Fred MacMurray and Charlton Heston as the westward explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Ms. The show was one of the first hour-long series in television history.

Hale was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. He died in1992. They had three children, Jodi, William and Juanita Katt.

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