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Esther Dale
Born November 10, 1885(1885-11-10)
in Beaufort, South Carolina
Died July 23, 1961 (aged 75)
Queen of Angels Hospital, Hollywood, California following surgery
Occupation American stage, film, and television actress often cast as authoritarian figures such as prison matrons, head nurses, busybody neighbors, and grande dames
Years active 1934-1960 (film and television roles, though in earlier years appeared on stage including Broadway)
Spouse(s) Arthur Beckhard (?-1961) (her death)

Esther Dale (November 10, 1885 – July 23, 1961) was an American actress, best known perhaps for her role as Aunt Genevieve in the 1935 Shirley Temple vehicle, Curly Top. She was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, November 10, 1885, and attended Leland and Gray Seminary in Townsend, Vermont. In Berlin, Germany, she studied music and enjoyed a successful career as a singer of lieder. In America, she cultivated a career as an actress in summer stock, and starred in Carrie Nation on Broadway in 1933. Her first film was Crime Without Passion in 1934. 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. 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. She played many roles in television over the years. She was married to writer and director Arthur J. Beckhard. Dale died July 23, 1961 following surgery in Queen of Angels Hospital in Hollywood, California.[1]


  1. ^ "Esther Dale Biography". International Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  

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