Sunday, October 17, 2010

Leave it to Beaver's Barbara Billingsley Dies at 94

One of television's all time greatest moms has passed away. Barbara Billingsley, known to TV fans everywhere for her portrayal of June Cleaver on the classic series Leave it to Beaver, died Saturday at the age of 94. Billingsley's other credits include the voice of Nanny in the 1980s Saturday morning cartoon Muppet Babies and a memorable appearance in the 1980 comedy Airplane!

In a 2006 interview with Just My Show, Leave it To Beaver co-star Tony Dow described his TV mother as "the greatest person in the world."

"The thing that's funny about Barbara," observed Dow, "is that, you know, she always gets tagged with the fact that she was always at home vacuuming in high heels and pearls and, you know, what mother did that? And, you know, it set the woman's movement back years, when in fact, obviously she was working. She was a working mother. She was the opposite from, you know, that character."

You can watch full episodes of Leave it To Beaver at and you can, of course, listen to our interview with Tony Dow right here in the Just My Show reruns section.

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