‘June Cleaver’ dead at 94′

Barbara Billingsley Dead
CleaverEven decades after the show ended, Barbara Billingsley expressed surprise at the lasting affection people had for “Leave it to Beaver” and her role as the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys.

The actress, who gained supermom status for her gentle portrayal of June Cleaver in the 1950s television series, died Saturday after a long illness. She was 94.

“We knew we were making a good show, because it was so well written,” Billingsley said in 1994. “But we had no idea what was ahead. People still talk about it and write letters, telling how much they watch it today with their children and grandchildren.”

Billingsley, who had suffered from a rheumatoid disease, died at her home in Santa Monica, said family spokeswoman Judy Twersky.

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6 thoughts on “‘June Cleaver’ dead at 94′”

  1. She is credited with the first TV adult dialogue when she said “Gee Ward, you were kind of hard on the Beaver last night.”

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