Mona Freeman dies at 87

Mona Freeman dies at 87

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 7 (UPI) --Mona Freeman, the actress known for playing wholesome teenager roles in the 1940s and 1950s, died.
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Barbara Lawrence dies; appeared in 'Oklahoma!'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Barbara Lawrence, the actress best known for playing Gertie Cummings in the screen version of "Oklahoma!," has died. She was 85.

Commentary: Close but no SIGAR -- yet

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Inspector Sopko is slowly but surely unraveling the biggest scandal of the decade -- U.S. aid to Afghanistan.

Actress Elaine Stewart dead at 81

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- Actress Elaine Stewart has died at her Beverly Hills, Calif., home, following a long illness, her agent said. She was 81.

Actor Bill Erwin dead at 96

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Actor Bill Erwin has died at his home in Studio City, Calif., his son said. He was 96.

Encore acquires all Perry Mason TV movies

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. cable network Encore Mystery says it has acquired all 30 Perry Mason TV movies from CBS Television Distribution and will start airing them next month.

Franken, Sotomayor go down TV memory lane

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Call it "The Case of Remember When," as Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor talked about the TV classic "Perry Mason."

'Superman' radio actress Stanton dies

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- Actress Joan A. Stanton, who earned fame voicing character Lois Lane on the radio series "The Adventures of Superman," has died in New York, her family says.
Jon Hamm joins 'Howl' cast

Jon Hamm joins 'Howl' cast

LOS ANGELES, March 27 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Jon Hamm is set to play defense attorney Jake Ehrlich in the upcoming film "Howl," Variety.com said.

'Mr. Clean,' House Peters, dead at 92

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- House Peters Jr., the actor best known for his portrayal of the advertising icon "Mr. Clean," has died in Los Angeles at the age of 92, his family said.

'Hogan's Heroes' star Dixon dead at 76

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19 (UPI) -- Ivan Dixon, an award-winning actor best known for his portrayal of Sgt. Kinchloe on the TV series "Hogan's Heroes," has died at 76 in Charlotte, N.C.

Dick Wilson, 'Mr. Whipple,' dead at 91

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Actor Dick Wilson -- known to millions as grocer Mr. Whipple on the Charmin toilet tissue commercials -- died Monday in California. He was 91.

Character actor Charles Lane, 102, dies

BRENTWOOD, Calif., July 11 (UPI) -- Charles Lane, a character actor appearing in hundreds of film and television roles, has died in his Brentwood, Calif., home at the age of 102. Lane's sharp face and lanky frame were recognizable to the movie-going public since the 1930s, as he portrayed h

Bill Cosby: Parents should lead by example

DETROIT, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- During an appearance at Detroit's Triumph Missionary Baptist Church, comedian Bill Cosby urged those in attendance to lead their children by example.

1940s radio and TV star Conte dies at 90

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Star of 1940s and 1950s radio, television and Broadway, John Conte, who later owned a successful television station, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at 90. Born in Palmer, Mass., on Sept. 15, 1915, Conte moved with his family to Los Angeles in his teens. H
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Perry Mason

Perry Mason is a fictional character, a defense attorney who originally was the main character in numerous pieces of detective fiction authored by Erle Stanley Gardner. Perry Mason was featured in more than 80 novels and short stories, most of which had a story line which involved his client being put on trial for murder. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client's innocence by demonstrating the guilt of another character. Gardner, who was one of the best-selling authors of all time, had "135 million copies of his books in print in America alone in the year of his death" in 1969. The character of Perry Mason was portrayed each weekday on a long running radio series, followed by the well-known depictions on film and television, including "television's most successful and longest-running lawyer series" from 1957 to 1966, another series in 1973-1974, starring Monty Markham and Brett Sommers, and more than 25 made-for-TV movies from 1985 to 1993.

The name "Perry Mason" dates to creator Gardner's childhood. As a child, Gardner was a reader of the magazine Youth's Companion. The magazine, best known for producing the original Pledge of Allegiance in 1891, was published in Boston, Massachusetts, by the Perry Mason Company (later renamed "Perry Mason & Co." after the founder died). When Gardner created his fictional attorney, he borrowed the name of the company that published his favorite childhood magazine.

Gardner provided more information about Mason's character in the earliest novels, although his character is largely taken for granted in later novels, as well as the television series and movies. In the first novel (The Case of the Velvet Claws, 1933), Perry Mason describes himself as follows:

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