Barbara Billingsley of “Leave It To Beaver” Fames Passes Away at Age 94


 Barbara Billingsley, the actress best known for her role as June Cleaver on ‘Leave It to Beaver’ passed away Saturday at the age of 94. She was America’s mom in the 1950′s and her acting carrer spanned decades and numerous diverse endeavors as seen by her role in ‘Airplane’ when she played the Jive Lady.

The actress won a new legion of fans in a brief, but memorable, scene in the 1980 send-up movie “Airplane.”

“Oh, stewardess. I speak jive,” Billingsley said in her role — much different from her June Cleaver persona — as an elderly passenger comforting an ill man on the flight. She, the sick man and his seat companion engaged in street-slang banter.

 Sadly, the 50′s role model mom passed away on Saurday at her home following a long illness of rheumatoid disorder polymyalgia.

The actress passed away at 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Saturday at her home in Santa Monica, California, after a long illness, spokeswoman Judy Twersky said. A private memorial is being planned.

Actor Jerry Mathers, who played Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, called Billingsley a lifetime mentor.

“Barbara was a patient advisor and teacher. She helped me along this challenging journey through life by showing me the importance of manners, and respect for others,” Mathers said in a statement. “She will be missed by all of her family, friends, fans and most especially by me.”


Video Hat Tip: Left Coast Rebel

We say goodbye to a classy woman, God Bless June Cleaver, rest in Peace.

Posted October 17, 2010 by
Celebrity, Deceased, Obituary | 10 comments

If you liked this post, you may also like these:

  • Daily Commentary – Monday, October 18th, 2010 – Bill Maher, Barbara Billingsley
  • Former First Lady Barbara Bush has Heart Surgery at Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX … Get Well Soon
  • Former First Lady Barbara Bush Hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX with Pneumonia (Update: Realeased from Hospital)
  • Daily Commentary – Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 – Obama and Barbara Walters on The View
  • Occupy SF Camp Declared Public Health Nuisance … “found to contain feces and have inadequate toilet facilities”

  • Comments

    10 Responses to “Barbara Billingsley of “Leave It To Beaver” Fames Passes Away at Age 94”

    1. Bill B on October 17th, 2010 10:19 am

      This statement she made back in 97 would drive the lib’s nuts. What a woman and I am so happy I was able to watch some of the original shows (not reruns).

      “She was the ideal mother,” Billingsley said of her character in 1997 in TV Guide. “Some people think she was weakish, but I don’t. She was the love in that family. She set a good example for what a wife could be. I had two boys at home when I did the show. I think the character became kind of like me and vice versa. I’ve never known where one started and where one stopped.”

    2. Bill B on October 17th, 2010 10:22 am

      Another great comment from her. Since I was raised in this atmosphere it means a lot to me to hear somebody say this.

      “Good grief,” she told TV Guide, “I think everybody would like a family like that. Wouldn’t it be nice if you came home from school and there was Mom standing there with her little apron and cookies waiting?”

    3. flutter1 on October 17th, 2010 10:43 am

      Most of us didn’t live the Cleaver life, but many of us wished we did. While our own families may have been a dysfunctional h@ll, June and Ward Cleaver taught us how to be the kind of parents we wanted our children to have. When our own “role models” were less than optimal, June Cleaver showed us that parents loved their children unconditionally.

      We will miss you Mrs. Cleaver!

    4. St. h on October 17th, 2010 11:04 am

      …Americana at its best!

      RIP, Mrs. Cleaver, and may God bless you!

    5. St. Stephen on October 17th, 2010 11:04 am

      …Americana at its best!

      RIP, Mrs. Cleaver, and may God bless you!

    6. Its Me on October 17th, 2010 3:11 pm

      Leave it to Beaver, I remember watching that show. Thats back when our country was a little more civilized and people didnt act like they were fresh out of the jungle.
      She was a great lady and fine actress. RIP

    7. ladydi on October 17th, 2010 5:07 pm

      I agree…the boy’s got into trouble in that show, it was just the ‘innocent trouble’ that since then became the norm- however- then, it WAS the BIG stuff! What a neat show, that and Donna Reed…vacuuming in heals and pearls…I’m lucky if I even get to vacuum!!! R.I.P. Barbara

    8. Elmer on October 17th, 2010 9:40 pm

      Re #3: I have read and reread your post several times and I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate what you’ve put into words here. Many of us did indeed look to June and Ward Cleaver as role models for the parents we would become.

    9. Dawg1948 on October 18th, 2010 1:51 am

      Barbara you and the whole cast of the show were Great Americans we should all admire and strive to emulate the lessons your show gave us. RIP.

    10. Carpe on October 18th, 2010 6:33 am


      “She was the ideal mother,” Billingsley said of her character in 1997 in TV Guide. “Some people think she was weakish, but I don’t.

      Me neither! She was compassionate, yet still strong and able to speak her mind. If Ward was ever too hard on the Beaver, she would always stand up and say something to him.

      RIP Barbara. You will always live on in my ‘good tv memories’ compartment in my mind, my lady.

    Leave a Reply

    Support Scared Monkeys! make a donation.

    • NEWS (breaking news alerts or news tips)
    • Red (comments)
    • Dugga (technical issues)
    • Dana (radio show comments)
    • Klaasend (blog and forum issues)
    E-mail It