Barbara Hale, Who Played Della Street On ‘Perry Mason,’ Passes Away At 94


Perry Mason was a really nice part of early television. We had only three or four channels then. Just about everyone watched Perry Mason. Quality productions then were a much bigger part of lives than they are now. That’s why so many of us know and love Della Street or is it Barbara Hale.

Fans around the world are mourning the loss of actress Barbara Hale. She played Della Street on “Perry Mason,” and passed away at age 94. She appeared in all 271 episodes, and had worked in Hollywood as an actress since 1943. Her son, William Katt, expressed his pain at her loss beautifully, saying, “Lost my beautiful wonderful mom Barbara Hale yesterday afternoon….

We’ve all been so lucky to have her for so long. She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with. A wonderful actress and smart business woman she was most of all a treasure as a friend and mother!” Rest in peace, Barbara. You are already missed.

Barbara Hale, a wavy-haired model and Hollywood leading lady of the 1940s and 1950s who warbled with Frank Sinatra in his first big film role and had a long television career as the devoted secretary Della Street to Raymond Burr’s tireless defense lawyer Perry Mason, died Jan. 26 at her home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She was 94.

Ms. Hale was the matriarch of a show business family that included her late husband, actor Bill Williams, who starred in the 1950s western series “The Adventures of Kit Carson,” and their son, William Katt, who played the title role in the early 1980s TV series “The Greatest American Hero.” Katt confirmed the death and said the cause was complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.