The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Barbara Hale as Della Street

From Lawyers to Microwaves

Somehow, Barbara Hale endured nine seasons of screaming, pranks, and endless hours on the set "just standing there." She was rewarded; she won several industry awards, including an Emmy for best supporting actress in a dramatic series for the 1958-59 season. Not bad for someone who started out in the funny papers.

After the Mason show was canceled, she turned her positive personality into a well-paid commercial career. Besides making occasional screen appearances, Barbara was featured as a spokeswoman for Amana kitchen appliance products for several years. And with all that friendliness and charm, who could resist buying a microwave oven from her?

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