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On this day in history as it relates to showbiz!

1907 Composer Miklós Rózsa born in Budapest. He becomes an Academy favorite in the early 40s and is nominated 17 times for his music with 3 Oscar wins (Spellbound, A Double Life, Ben-Hur)

1922 Emmy winner Barbara Hale (Perry Mason) born in Illinois

⇱ 1946 Hayley Mills born in London. She becomes the very last winner of the special "juvenile Oscar winner" for Pollyanna (1960) and chases it with the classic twin comedy The Parent Trap (1961). Did you know she was Tfe's favorite classic child star? Now you do.

1947 James Woods born in Vernal, Utah

1953 Rick Moranis born in Toronto. Today's movie fans probably don't know this but in '89 he starred in 3 consecutive $100 million grossers in one single summer (Ghostbusters II, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood) and it was a very big deal because back then the same people weren't in every movie. Tfe's theory
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Barbara Hale obituary

Actor best known for her role in the Us television legal drama Perry Mason

In the hugely successful Us television series Perry Mason (1957-66), Barbara Hale, who has died aged 94, played Della Street, Mason’s secretary. She reprised the role in 29 TV movies between 1985 and 1995. Della’s indefatigable calm and poise established her as a partner to the La lawyer Mason (Raymond Burr) and his investigator, Paul Drake (William Hopper). Although Hale’s all-American girl-next-door looks had seen her cast typically as supportive wives in her film career, in Perry Mason she was a single career woman, who out-bantered Drake’s flirtatious advances in almost every episode. “When we started it was the beginning of women not working at home,” she said. “I liked it that she was not married.”

The series was a triumph of casting. William Talman, as the always-losing district attorney Hamilton Burger, and Ray Collins, as the police detective Arthur Tragg,
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Actress Barbara Hale, Emmy-winner For "Perry Mason", Dead At Age 94

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Actress Barbara Hale has passed away at age 94. She started as a glamour girl in feature films and commercials before landing the role of Perry Mason's secretary Della Street in the long-running TV series that lasted from 1957-1966. Starring opposite Raymond Burr as Mason, Hale won an Emmy for her performance in 1959 and Della Street became her signature role. In 1985 she and Burr reunited for a Perry Mason TV movie. The show received very high ratings and the two would continue to reprise their roles periodically in other new TV movies about the famed attorney. Hale, the mother of actor William Katt, had many feature films to her credit including the 1970 blockbuster "Airport" in which she played the jilted wife of gigalo pilot Dean Martin.

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Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Star, Dies At 94

Barbara Hale, known for her role in Perry Mason, died at 94 years old. 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. The actress played the character of secretary Della Street alongside Raymond Burr on […]

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Perry Mason Actress Barbara Hale Dies at 94

Actress Barbara Hale, who played loyal secretary Della Street in the “Perry Mason” television series from 1957 to 1966, died Thursday, The Associated Press reported. She was 94. Her death was announced via Facebook by her son, actor William Katt. The former actress passe away while surrounded by family in her Sherman Oaks home. “She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with,” wrote Katt, who appeared in the “Perry Mason” series with his mother when it was revived in 1985. Perry Mason ran for 9 seasons in total from 1957-1966. Hale won an Emmy for

Perry Mason Actress Barbara Hale Dies at 94
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Barbara Hale, Emmy-Winning Costar of Perry Mason, Dead at 94

Barbara Hale, Emmy-Winning Costar of Perry Mason, Dead at 94
Barbara Hale, who costarred alongside Raymond Burr for nearly four decades on TV’s Perry Mason, has died at the age of 94.

Hale passed away Thursday, according to a Facebook post from her son, actor William Katt. In 1957, she began playing secretary Della Street on the CBS legal drama Perry Mason, assisting Burr’s defense attorney with his weekly cases.

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She appeared in all nine seasons, winning an Emmy in 1959 for best supporting actress in a drama and getting nominated for another in
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Barbara Hale Dies: ‘Perry Mason’ Co-Star & Leading Lady Of Films Was 94

Barbara Hale Dies: ‘Perry Mason’ Co-Star & Leading Lady Of Films Was 94
Barbara Hale, who played the title lawyer’s secretary Della Street on every episode of Perry Mason and appeared on the big screen opposite many of Hollywood’s top leading men, died Thursday at her home in Sherman Oaks, CA. She was 94. Her son, The Greatest American Hero star William Katt, confirmed Hale’s death on Facebook. She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with,” Katt wrote. “A wonderful actress and smart business woman, she was most of all a…
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Barbara Hale Dies: ‘Perry Mason’ Co-Star & Leading Lady Of Films Was 94

Barbara Hale Dies: ‘Perry Mason’ Co-Star & Leading Lady Of Films Was 94
Barbara Hale, who played the title lawyer’s secretary Della Street on every episode of Perry Mason and appeared on the big screen opposite many of Hollywood’s top leading men, died Thursday at her home in Sherman Oaks, CA. She was 94. Her son, The Greatest American Hero star William Katt, confirmed Hale’s death on Facebook. She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with,” Katt wrote. “A wonderful actress and smart business woman, she was most of all a…
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Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Actress, Dies at 94

Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Actress, Dies at 94
Barbara Hale, who played secretary Della Street in the “Perry Mason” television series and movies, died Thursday. She was 94.

According to a Facebook post by her son William Katt, Hale passed away at her home on Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Lost my beautiful wonderful mom Barbara Hale yesterday afternoon,” Katt, star of the television series “The Greatest American Hero,” wrote Friday. “She left peacefully at her home in Sherman Oaks Ca surrounded by close family and dear friends. 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! We’re all a little lost without her but we have extraordinary stories and memories to take with us for the rest of our lives.

Hale played Street, assistant to Raymond Burr’s titular lawyer, in
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Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Star, Dies at 94

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Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Star, Dies at 94
Barbara Hale, who played legal secretary Della Street on the long-running legal drama “Perry Mason,” died Thursday, her son William Katt said Friday. She was 94. “Lost my beautiful wonderful mom Barbara Hale yesterday afternoon. She left peacefully at her home in Sherman Oaks Ca surrounded by close family and dear friends,” Katt, known for his starring role on “The Greatest American Hero,” wrote on Facebook. “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.
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Perry Mason: Robert Downey Jr Remake May Come to HBO

HBO is said to be in talks with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and Robert Downey Jr., to reboot the Perry Mason TV series, with Downey in the title role. Variety reports the project is based on the feature film the star had previously developed at Warner Bros. If the project is ordered to series, Perry Mason would be Downey's second TV series role. He played Larry Paul on Ally McBeal in 2000 and 2001, and returned for the final two episodes,  2002.The original Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr, premiered in the fall of 1957 and ran for nine seasons before being cancelled by CBS in 1966. The cast also included: Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins, Wesley Lau, Richard Anderson, Michael Fox, Lee Miller, and Connie Cezon. According to the
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Barbara Hale, the Loyal Della Street on 'Perry Mason,' Dies at 94

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

Barbara Hale, the Loyal Della Street on 'Perry Mason,' Dies at 94
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...
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The Giant Spider Invasion – The Blu Review

Wisconson-based regional filmmaker Bill Rebane’s no-budget wonder ($300k to be exact) The Giant Spider Invasion was a hilariously cheesy 1975 throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, a trend then enjoying a revival with films like Empire Of The Ants and Food Of The Gods. This outrageous mix of giant monster motifs and backwoods sleaze plays like a hybrid of Tarantula and The Blob with its mixture of giant spiders and falling meteors. I saw The Giant Spider Invasion at the long-shuttered Ellisville Cinema in West St. Louis County (on a double bill with the David Niven vampire comedy Old Dracula). I recall the poster in the lobby which featured a gargantuan spider bearing down on a group of terrified people. In the air above the mega-arachnid was three helicopters and lying crumpled at the spider’s legs were burning cars as spotlights filled the sky. One of the
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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"Perry Mason" Plays The Long Game

Della, I’ve just run into something that’s a Perry Mason case if ever I saw one.”

We begin with one of the best theme songs (by Fred Steiner) outside the big screen. Perry Mason (1957-66) stars Raymond Burr as the man himself, a Los Angeles defense attorney who is always engaged by an innocent suspect in a murder case. He’s aided by investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper) and assistant Della Street (Barbara Hale). Mr. Mason then digs deeply into four others related to the case and goes through the trial for long enough until true culprit to confess from the gallery. If you’re looking for calls of “Hearsay!” or “Character Evidence!” you’ve missed your mark. If courtrooms actually practiced in this fashion, I daresay there’d be a backlog deeper than it already is. Instead, we’re typically treated to something like a half measure
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"Perry Mason" Makes Its Influence Felt

Before CBS inundated television audiences with crime procedurals, they were busy perfecting the legal procedural. Perry Mason ran for a successful nine years in the 1960s and also spawned thirty made-for-tv films and a short-lived recreation. This season 8, volume 1 release features the first half of the season (due to the lengthiness of each season, CBS is parceling out the series).

Mason (Raymond Burr) is a defense attorney in La, dedicated to seeking justice. With the help of his secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) and detective Paul Drake (William Hopper), Mason almost always comes out on top, convicting the guilty perpetrator(s). Like all procedurals, Mason follows the same story structure in each episode, whether it be "The Case of the Latent Lover" or "The Case of the Missing Button" (Button is a little girl, not an actual button). The first half of the episode deals with the buildup to a murder,
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The Giant Spider Invasion – A Retrospective

A 35-minute cut of The Giant Spider Invasion will be shown on Super-8 sound film at Super-8 Giant Monster Movie Madness next Tuesday, May 1st at The Way Out Club in St. Louis.

Wisconson-based regional filmmaker Bill Rebane’s no-budget wonder The Giant Spider Invasion was a hilariously cheesy 1975 throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, a trend then enjoying a revival with films like Empire Of The Ants and Food Of The Gods. This outrageous mix of giant monster motifs and backwoods sleaze plays like a hybrid of Tarantula and The Blob with its mixture of giant spiders and falling meteors. I saw The Giant Spider Invasion at the long-shuttered Ellisville Cinema in West St. Louis County (on a double bill with the David Niven vampire comedy Old Dracula). I recall the poster in the lobby which featured a gargantuan spider bearing down on a group of terrified people.
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10 Celebrities Who Fell Off the Radar … and Where They Landed

Some were huge in their day, with hit records, popular movies and roles on top TV shows. But we haven’t seen them much lately — or for years. Here’s what they’ve been up to recently.

Sam Jones

The onetime Playgirl centerfold and star of Flash Gordon (1980) went on to star in 1986’s My Chauffer and the 1987-88 TV series The Highwayman. While starring roles were hard to come by, Jones occasionally appeared in minor TV and movie roles up until 2007. He is reportedly now the CEO of a security company providing protection for high-profile clients all over the world.

Charo

For those too young to know of her, think Shakira’s dance moves and Sofia Vergara’s sexy comic timing — in one person. Known for her trademark “Cuchi-Cuchi” and her frequent Love Boat and Tonight Show appearances in the ’70s and ’80s, Charo, whose full name is Maria
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Anne Francis on TCM: Forbidden Planet, Brainstorm, A Lion Is In The Streets

As part of its "Summer Under the Stars" film series, Turner Classic Movies is showing 12 Anne Francis movies today, including three TCM premieres. Those are actor-director William Conrad's Brainstorm (1965), veteran Raoul Walsh's A Lion Is in the Streets (1953), and actor-director Richard Benedict's Impasse (1969). [Anne Francis Movie Schedule.] Brainstorm is about a scientist intent on killing the husband of the woman he loves. The B thriller stars performers who had seen better big-screen days in the '40s and/or '50s: Jeffrey Hunter, Dana Andrews, Viveca Lindfors, and Francis. At the time, however, Francis was doing well for herself on television in the series Honey West, in which she played a sexy gumshoe whose partner was an ocelot. Based on a novel by Adria Locke Langley, A Lion Is in the Streets (1953) is a political drama that got made probably thanks to Robert Rossen's 1949 Oscar winner All the King's Men.
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