Esther Dale in 1938
November 10, 1885|
Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S.
|Died||July 23, 1961
Queen of Angels Hospital, Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|complications from surgery|
|Years active||1934-1960 (film and television roles, though in earlier years appeared on stage including Broadway)|
(m.? - March 1961; his death)
Her first film was Crime Without Passion in 1934. She became a big star in just a year. She was a familiar face in films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, frequently playing stern, authoritarian characters such as prison matrons and head nurses, although she was equally adept at playing grande dames and ladies of the aristocracy.
She played many roles in television over the years. In the 1958-1959 season of The Donna Reed Show, Dale played a job-seeking housekeeper who is frightened from the Stone home by Jeff Stone's pet mouse, and appeared in the 1957 Maverick episode "According to Hoyle" opposite James Garner.
Dale died in the summer of 1961 following surgery in Queen of Angels Hospital in Hollywood, she had been married to writer and director Arthur J. Beckhard, who predeceased her by four months.
- The Great Impersonation (1935)
- Fury (1937)
- The Awful Truth (1937)
- Broadway Serenade (1939)
- And One Was Beautiful (1940)
- Forty Little Mothers (1940)
- Untamed (1940)
- Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)
- Women Without Names (1940)
- Cross-Country Romance (1940)
- Convicted Woman (1940)
- Aloma of the South Seas (1941)
- All-American Co-Ed (1941)
- Wrecking Crew (1942)
- Bedside Manner (1945)
- Margie (1946)
- Too Young to Kiss (1951)
- "Esther Dale Biography". International Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
- Esther Dale at the Internet Movie Database
- Esther Dale at the Internet Broadway Database
- Esther Dale at Find a Grave
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