Leave It To Beaver
October 17, 2010 by Post Team
Leave It To Beaver, (Reuters) – Actress Barbara Billingsley, best known for his portrayal of the quintessential American suburban mom comedy on TV 1957-1963 “Leave It to Beaver,” died Saturday at age 94.
A spokesman for the family said Billingsley, who also played a small but memorable role as a jive-talking passenger elderly in the 1980 hit comedy film “Airplane!” Had been in poor health in recent years and He died of rheumatoid disease in his Santa Monica, Calif., home.
In her role as June Cleaver signature in “Leave It to Beaver,” which ran for six seasons, Billingsley personified the ideal mother and the middle class housewife at a time when relatively few American women with children work outside the home.
Ever patient turbulent family’s youngest son, nicknamed Beaver, played by Jerry Mathers, and their teenage son, Wally (Tony Dow), June Cleaver was always impeccably elegant, often with housework in pearls and earrings.
Her husband, TV pipe smoker, Hugh Beaumont, who died in 1982, played Ward Cleaver.
The show aired first on CBS and ABC. Reruns are still widely available in syndication for nearly half a century after the program went off the air.
Billingsley returned to his role in June Cleaver times and updated several TV movie of the original series that aired in the 1990s.
She sometimes complains that his association with the character never left her typecast in Hollywood, the perfect mother.
But Dow said in an interview with CNN that Billingsley “was very proud to be June Cleaver.”
“She was happy as a lark to be recognized as the mother of America,” he said.
It was an image, it is used to comic effect “Airplane!” As a passenger aged proposing to have a word with two upset African-Americans speaking the slang of the street take their toll after politely stewardess, “Oh stewardess, I speak jive. ”
The daughter of a commander of police in Los Angeles, Billingsley appeared on Broadway during the Second World War as a vocalist and has also worked as a model before getting his start on television.
According to entertainment website IMDB.com, Billingsley was good friends with several other actresses for the mothers they played on television, including Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”), June Lockhart (“Lassie” “Lost in Space”) and Jane Wyatt (“Father Knows Best”).
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