Barbara Billingsley, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ Mom, Dead at 94
Hey Women Entrepreneurs, it’s Dawn Billings, CEO and Founder of TROVA Women Business Directory, The Heart Link Womens Network, author of over 20 books and creator of the new parenting tool called CAPABLES.
I was truly saddened today when Barbara Billingslely died. I remember so vividly watching ‘Leave it to Beaver’ on our black and white television. Yes, I am that old that we had a black and white television, actually for a long time. I loved the fun, innocence and modeling of this endearing family show. Who hasn’t wanted to done a set of pearls and cook dinner, just to prove you were a “great mom and wife” : )
Seriously, it is much more difficult in today’s society to raise children. I wished many times that we had programs on television like ‘Leave it to Beaver’ when I was raising my children. Think about it, now we have programs about serial killers who kill serial killers, television shows about criminal minds and the most twisted things you can imagine and when we are not changing channels from those programs, we have “reality” television to deal with like Big Brother, or Jersey Shore, not to mention the crazy things you can witness on the daytime talk shows.
We have 24 hours news, dredging up the worst violence and drama they can find, politicians and their shenanigans, which are definitely not what you want you children to witness, and that doesn’t even begin to address the language and sexuality on the television.
Maybe it is just me, but I miss the sweetness of June Cleaver and her family. I will miss you June. Sweet blessings, and thanks for the memories, optimism and the special moments of ‘Pollyanna bliss’ you and your television family provided for so many of us.
A family spokeswoman said Billingsley died of polymyalgia, a rheumatoid disease, at her home in Santa Monica, Calif.
In a statement, her TV son, Jerry Mathers, said, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and lifetime mentor Barbara Billingsley. She will live in the hearts of her fans as a wonderful actress and be remembered by her friends as a gracious lady.”
“She will be deeply missed by all of her family, friends, fans and most especially by me.”
Even though Billingsley is probably best known as June, she actually had a long movie career before donning the apron. A ton of roles, actually, often in mysteries, comedies, and dramas, including ‘Shadow on the Wall,’ ‘Trial Without Jury,’ ‘Dial 1119,’ and a ton of uncredited roles in the late ’40s and early ’50s. And she was a regular on a couple of TV series before ‘Beaver,’ ‘Professional Father’ and ‘The Brothers.’
Billingsley also made appearances on ‘The Abbott and Costello Show,’ ‘The Long Wolf,’ ‘Schlitz Playhouse,’ ‘The Loretta Young Show,’ ‘The Danny Thomas Show,’ ‘Panic,’ ‘The F.B.I.,’ ‘Silver Spoons,’ ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘The New Mike Hammer,’ ‘Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,’ ‘Murphy Brown,’ ‘Muppet Babies,’ ‘Empty Nest,’ and many others. She even recreated the June Cleaver role for an episode of ‘Roseanne.’
In 2007, the cast reunited on ‘Good Morning America’ for the show’s 50th anniversary:
Billingsley is survived by two sons.
As I say almost every time that a classic TV or movie star passes away, a whole era is vanishing it’s been a particularly bad few weeks for celebrities, as we’ve also seen the deaths of people like Stephen J. Cannell, Tony Curtis, Gloria Stuart, Harold Gould, and Kevin McCarthy.
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