Job Actress
Years active 1934-1960 (film and television roles, though in earlier years appeared on stage including Broadway)
Top Roles Mrs. Rhinelander, Aunt Martha Robertson, Birdie Hicks, Mrs. Leeson, Ingrid
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Musical, Crime, Film Adaptation
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Based on Play, Screwball Comedy
Top Collaborators (Director), (Producer), (Producer), (Director)
Shares birthday with Claude Rains, Richard Burton, Mabel Normand  see more..

Esther Dale Overview:

Character actress, Esther Dale, was born on Nov 10, 1885 in Beaufort, SC. Dale died at the age of 75 on Jul 23, 1961 in Los Angeles, CA .


American actress who played characters who never took things at face value. It was difficult to pull the wool over these narrowed eyes, and she was kept very busy in films following a late cinematic debut at almost 50. Mostly seen as crusty types whose hearts of gold were well hidden, she also played nosey neighbors, brisk housekeepers, and nurses who would stand no intervention in their patients' care. Married writer-producer Arthur Beckhard who died only a few months before her.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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By Caftan Woman on Nov 17, 2014 From Caftan Woman

November 10, 1885 - July 23, 1961 was born in the smallish city of Beaufort, South Carolina in 1885, but it seems her heart was in her father's New England birthplace. As a young woman Esther studied at the Baptist institution, The Leland Gray Seminary in Townshend, Vermo... Read full article

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Esther Dale Quotes:

Aunt Martha Robertson: No man believes in marriage... until a woman traps him into it!

Aunt Genevieve: Edward Morgan, insanely jealous and acting like a sixteen-year-old Romeo! Oh, this is the happiest day of my life!

Bob Baxter: Say, I seem to be lost. Can you tell me where P.A. Kettle lives?
Birdie Hicks: P.A. Kettle?
Miss Pennyfeather: The only Kettles we know live down this street.
Bob Baxter: Is he the industrialist?
Birdie Hicks: If you call having children an industry.

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