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Barbara Billingsley

Born: 1915-12-22 - Died: 2010-10-16
Cause of Death:
Billingsley died due to complications with polymyalgia.


Death Summary: Billingsley died in her Santa Monica home due to complications of an inflammatory condition.

Who was Barbara Billingsley : Barbara Billingsley is known to many as the 'mom of America', for her portrayal as June Cleaver on the well known show 'Leave it to Beaver'. The show, and specifically her role would go on to be an archetype of the family and motherhood in the 1950's.

Billingsley was born Barbra Combes in Los Angeles, the daughter of a police patrolman. She would come to be known as Barbara Billingsley in 1941 after her marriage to Glenn Billingsley. During the 1940's Billingsley worked as a fashion model, and eventually landed a contract with MGM Studios. She landed minor roles in a few films, which would eventually lead to television.

In 1957, Billingsley signed a contract with Universal Studios where she landed her role as June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver. During this time, many shows on television portrayed traditional family archetypes, with Father Knows Best, Make Room for Daddy, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The show debuted on CBS, and few know that the show was originally canceled. After the cancellation, ABC swooped in and picked the series. Here it would run for five seasons, and would air in over 100 countries. Cleaver's look on the show which had her wearing pearls and earrings while doing chores was an idea presented by Billingsley. As she wore these items in real life.

After her stint on Leave it to Beaver, Billingsley became typecast as a sweet, traditional mother and found it difficult to land roles after her iconic portrayal of June Cleaver. During this time she traveled abroad. She would eventually land in the public eye with her cameo appearance in the comedy, Airplane. The scene she appears in parodies her wholesome image, and is cherished by many who have seen the movie.

Billingsley is survived by her two sons, Drew and Glenn.
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14 Signatures in Barbara Billingsley's guestbook

  1. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    Leave it to beaver, was one of my favorite T.V. Shows when I was growing up, and I Still watch the show when it comes on T.V. LAND. Barbara Billingsley was just the perfect MOM. She will be missed alot. They don’t make t.v. moms like that any more. R.I.P. Barbara Billingsley. May God Bless your family and friends. Your sons was lucky to have you as a mom.

  2. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    I watched Leave it to Beaver when I was growing up. Barbara Billingsley was the best mom ever. She will be missed alot. Her sons are so lucky to have a mom like her, she was everyone’s favorite mom ever. May God be with her family and friends always. R.I.P. BARBARA BILLINGSLEY.

  3. your friend Says:

    RIP

  4. Carolyn Barba Says:

    Whtt a loss. A special lady and a wonderful actress. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  5. Carolyn Barba Says:

    What a loss. A special lady and a wonderful actress. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  6. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    She is Family in My Book…..We Love you Barbera
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  7. LyndaLou Smart Says:

    I watched Leave it to Beaver as a girl amd again as an adult as it came on our cable Tv. and if it comes on again I will continue to always watch it. Barbara was a gre3at mother . The whole family was so good together that they acted really like a family.Love them all . I will try to find some C.D.s of the show. I can watch them any time then.

  8. Swshades Says:

    R.I.P.you was my mom too 4 40yrs.im 55 and am still watching your reruns love you and thank you for all the good times you have bought into my living room god bless you

  9. Just Bob Says:

    I wish we could go back and do it all over again! I Will Miss You MRS. “C”!

  10. William Earl Miller Sr. Says:

    What a lady she was. Don’t you wish all mothers looked and reared their children like she did on that sitcom.

  11. Rectimous Says:

    Leave It To Dryheaver

  12. Ali Says:

    You died on my birthday. Such a sad birthday knowing your gone. I never really knew you, but knowing your gone breaks my heart :( RIP

  13. Ali Says:

    Ooops, I forgot Leave it to Beaver. LOVED THAT BTW

  14. Tina Riserbato Says:

    I remember every day coming home from school and watching Leave It To Beaver. You were every girls dream mom. We all loved you.

    You will be greatly missed.


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