Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver) Dead at 94

by Sara on October 17, 2010

in Classic TV

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Barbara Billingsley, more commonly recognized as her longtime character, June Cleaver, passed away Friday morning at her Santa Monica home. Billingsley, was the “perfect mother” on the television series, “Leave it to Beaver.” The series, also starring Hugh Beaumont, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dowo, ran from 1957 to 1963 with decades of reruns.

Billingsley continued to work and began her career modeling. She made guest appearances on Rosanne, Mysterious Ways, My Name is Earl and most recently The Office in 2009.

“We knew we were making a good show, because it was so well written,” Billingsley once said. “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.” When discussing the impact of Leave it to Beaver.

Billingsley suffered from rheumatoid disease. She is survived by her two sons and four grandchildren.

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