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Barbara Lillian Billingsley (December 22, 1915 – October 16, 2010) was an American film, television, voice and stage actress. She gained prominence in the 1950s movie The Careless Years, acting opposite Natalie Trundy, followed by her best–known role, that of June Cleaver on the television series Leave It to Beaver (1957–63) and its sequel Still the Beaver (1985–88, retitled in season two as The New Leave It to Beaver).

Full NameBarbara Lillian Combes
Net Worth$800,000
Date Of BirthDecember 22, 1915
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 5" (1.65 m)
ProfessionActress, Soundtrack
EducationLos Angeles City College
SpouseGlenn Billingsley (divorced)
NicknamesBarbara Billingsley, Billingsley, Barbara
Star SignCapricorn
1Vacuuming while wearing high heels, a below the knee skirt or dress, and a string of gleaming white pearls (usually choker style) around her neck.
2Deep husky, sultry voice.
3Her June Cleaver character
4Her pearls
1Don't think your dreams don't come true, because they do. You'd better be careful what you wish for. And I truly and honestly - one day I am doing the beaver show and I said, 'This is the show I have always wanted to do.'
2[In 1994]: I was going to do another series with Buddy Ebsen for the same producers, but somehow it didn't materialize. A couple of months later I got a call to go to the studio to do this pilot show. And it was Beaver.
3[In 1991]: It was the ideal family, anybody would like to have a family like the Cleavers.
4It's unbelievable, it's really become quite a career being June Cleaver. That really didn't bother me. I was right where I wanted to be. I was happy being June Cleaver all these years.
5[In 2000]: She was a loving, happy, stay-at-home mom, which I think is great, I'm not for every woman having to be out in the workplace. My mother was. I had two children at home and I was working. But I think one who stays home, if she's doing a good job, it is the best job she'll ever have, and the most important. And I think our children need the mothers home.
6[In 1992]: They like to have that kind of family, the kids would, I think. Today [as you know] mothers work. I was working, but not June Cleaver and because they work, things some things have to slip, and I think it's better to let the house go than the children.
7[About being a housewife]: I know I'm typecasted. Have I ever been striding for a career, but I loved having a family and I loved having a husband, I liked that one.
8[In 1984]: America is ready for us again. I like to remind you for 234 episodes. Audiences saw the Cleavers as their second family. Beaver and Wally were their brothers, Eddie Haskell was their best friend and June was their mother. Oh, she may have been neat, neat, neat, but June was supposed to be a rolemodel. I always liked her.
9[Of Hugh Beaumont]: I miss him very much, because we were so close. But Hugh was incapacitated after his stroke. He could hardly walk and his speech was impaired. So, it's best his fans remember him from the early shows.
10[on her comeback role as playing June Cleaver after an over 20 year absence]: Life has changed a lot in that time. But I still think the basic things are the same. Look at what they're doing on 'The Cosby Show.' Cosby is doing a lot of the same things we did 25 years ago.
11[In 1986]: I think it's great. I get invited to lecture about it, but I don't feel comfortable.
12[In 1987]: I was widowed and spending all my time raising my kids.
13[In 1988]: We're the ideal family. At least it's what everyone thinks is ideal. It's the way everybody would like their family to be.
14[In 1989]: Television moms have taken a turn for the real.
15[Of Roseanne Barr]: You know, the first time I saw, 'Roseanne,' I thought, 'Ugh! I hate the messy house.' And she herself is this big, sloppy woman. But she gives out some pretty good wisdom to her children. There's something there, a warmth and a love that we had in a different way.
16[on her point of views about witches and the occult among many other matters]: I'm very interested in the supernatural. Of course, I don't really think there could be witches - but I could be wrong.
17A long time ago, I played a lot of these roles that were seemingly nice, but underneath the character was really the murderer. So, I didn't have to do a lot of research for this character. I just had to understand what she was thinking and feeling.
18[In 1993]: It's a terrible blow, but you can't wallow in your grief. When Roy died, my agent made me work all the time. And six months later, they called me to start the series."
19[on the death of Hugh Beaumont]: No father on television was ever better than Hugh.
20Joe Connelly had seven children, and Bob Mosher had two, and they had a lot of material right there. Every show was taken from some kernel of truth, something that had happened to their children or a relative.
21[In 2003]: Because I have a big hollow in my neck and the necklace covered the spot perfectly. So no matter what I was doing - cleaning, cooking or answering the phone - I had those darn pearls on, and there was a practical reason she wore high heels on the show.
22[Who said she wasn't June Cleaver in real-life]: It doesn't bother me that I'm June Cleaver. It's been a good career. I don't know where June starts and Barbara ends. Our lives are so similar. I don't know why she's so popular, maybe it's because she had such a clean kitchen.
23[In 2008]: Some of those clothes came from Penny's. They weren't expensive clothes.
24[When she was the only actress to do a revival of the Leave It to Beaver (1957) movie, in 1997]: Tony and Jerry didn't want to be in it. They were crazy. But it really didn't turn out very good.
25[In 2007]: They were always good kids, Tony had an exhibit of his artwork and sold 18 pieces. Pretty darn good, isn't it?"
26Good grief, 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 cooking waiting?
27[In 1997]: She was the ideal mother. 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.
28[on June Cleaver] She's been too good to me to play anything like that.
29[on "Leave It to Beaver"] It was a very happy experience for me, and very timely. There was never a fight on the set in seven years.
30[on comparing real-life families to the TV families]: I just wish that we could have more families like those. Family is so important, and I just don't think we have enough people staying home with their babies and their children.
31[Who said in 2010 about the legacy of her June Cleaver character]: June Cleaver has always been a part of my life and always will be.
32[When she auditioned for June Cleaver]: Well, I was doing the script, and I don't think I could have changed it. But I loved it.
33[Of Jerry Mathers who played "The Beaver"]: Jerry told me it had been a dream of his always to be able to go to New York and be in a Broadway show. So all we have to do is decide what we want to do. You have to have a dream.
34[When asked in 2000 if there was a difference between her and the June Cleaver character]: My sons say, no. Gradually what happened is the writer started writing about you, as well as the character they created originally. So you all become mixed up.
35June Cleaver didn't keep her house in perfect order, the prop man did it.
36Husband Roy died on a Saturday, while we were gardening. The Thursday before, I was up for the part of the mother in a series Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher were working on. Then Roy died, and nothing came of that series. But two months later, when they started on Leave It To Beaver, they remembered me and asked me to read for the part of June. I've always thought that they felt sorry for me.
1She played the same character (June Cleaver) on six different series: Leave It to Beaver (1957), The Love Boat (1977), Movie Macabre (1981), The New Leave It to Beaver (1983), Baby Boom (1988) and Hi Honey, I'm Home (1991).
2She was known to be a very private person.
3Also briefly acted under the name Barbara Combes.
4Began acting at age 19, on Broadway in a play entitled "Straw Hat".
5Her first son, Drew Billingsley, was born in Key West, Florida, her second son, Glenn Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California.
6After a 20 year absence on television, Billingsley made a comeback with The New Leave It to Beaver (1983).
7Stepmother of William Mortensen Jr.
8Created the role of June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver (1957).
9Her third husband, Dr. William Mortensen, died on July 5, 1981.
10After her parents' divorce, she didn't see her father.
11By her first marriage, to Glenn Billingsley, she was related to the father of Peter Billingsley, Melissa Michaelsen and Neil Billingsley.
12Her stepson, William Mortensen Jr., is involved in charity work.
13A popular student at George Washington High School, Billingsley was voted Homecoming Queen.
14Started acting in films at age 33.
15Has a restaurant named after her.
16Billingsley's career was revived when she made a prominent, but small role in Airplane! (1980).
17Longtime friend of Shirley Jones.
18After her final role on Secret Santa (2003), she retired from acting at age 87.
19Barbara Billingsley died on October 16, 2010, just 7 months after Peter Graves and 1 month before Leslie Nielsen. They were all featured in the movie Airplane! (1980).
20Before she was a successful actress, she once worked as a foreman at a knitting mill.
21Resided in Santa Monica, California, from 1956 until her death in 2010.
22Her parents were divorced when she was only 4.
23Acting ran in her family.
24Barbara Billingsley died on October 16, 2010. Just 3 days after her passing, Tom Bosley died. They both guest-starred on the final episode of The Love Boat (1977).
25Met B-movie actress Marjorie Lord in the film The Argyle Secrets (1948); where the two began a lifelong friendship, from 1948 until Billingsley's own passing in 2010.
26Began her Hollywood career as a contract player for MGM in 1945, after trying to make it on Broadway, where her only show closed after just four performances. On Broadway, she was billed as Barbara Combes, her birth name, but she was married by the time she signed her first contract, so her first credited roles were as Barbara Billingsley.
27Former niece-in-law of Sherman Billingsley.
28Her favorite television series to date was Leave It to Beaver (1957).
29Began her TV series Leave It to Beaver (1957) at age 41.
30Dropped out of Los Angeles Junior College at age 19.
31Was reunited with her ex-Leave It to Beaver (1957) co-stars, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, along with ex-Airplane! (1980) co-star, Peter Graves, on the final episode of The Love Boat (1977).
32She was a staunch Republican who gave much of her time and money towards various conservative political causes. She attended several Republican National Conventions, galas, and fund-raisers. She was active in the campaigns of Wendell Willkie, Thomas E. Dewey, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.
33Was named after her mother.
34Was voted high school prom queen.
35Grew up in a single parent home, after her parents divorced when she was age 4.
36Billingsley's mother, Lillian Combes, worked in a sweater factory for years.
37Acting mentor and friends of Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers.
38She was a member of the Unity Church.
39She is survived by her two sons, Drew Billingsley of Granada Hills, California, and Glenn Billingsley Jr. of Phillips Ranch, California, as well as several grandchildren.
40Her show, Leave It to Beaver (1957) was canceled at the end of the sixth season due to her cast mates desire to move on to other projects. Also, Tony Dow was graduating from high school, and Jerry Mathers was entering high school that same year.
41Remained good friends with Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, after Leave It to Beaver (1957).
42Oprah Winfrey, once said Billingsley was her childhood television heroine.
43Regularly played poker with Rod Serling's family before his death.
44Before she became a successful actress, she once worked with a magician, balancing cards.
45Is a fan of the late Richard Mulligan's two comedy shows: Soap (1977) and Empty Nest (1988), and appeared in an episode of "Empty Nest" in 1991.
46Her granddaughter, Taylor, wanted to follow in her grandmother's footsteps of becoming an actress but her parents wouldn't allow her to begin as a child actress.
47Was a friend of the late Rod Serling.
48Met Jim Henson at a party, before he hired her to voice Nanny on Muppet Babies (1984).
49Auditioned for the role of Danny Thomas's second wife on Make Room for Daddy (1953).
50When she was little, Barbara's mother would often take her to the movies with her. Her mother loved dramas rather than comedies.
51She followed Ronald Reagan's career, after they co-starred in a stage play, long before he ran for governor or president.
52Her son, Glenn Jr., married Karen Zappas in 1976, and they are still together. They're parents of 3, Barbara's grandchildren, Logan Billingsley, Morgan Billingsley and Taylor Billingsley.
53She changed her name from Combes to Billingsley, when she married Glenn Billingsley in 1940.
54Her mother, Lillian Combes, worked in a factory, while her father, Robert Collyer Combes, was the Chief of Police.
55Her idols were Katharine Hepburn and Jack Benny.
56Friends with: Shirley Jones, Bea Arthur, Carolyn Jones, Hugh Beaumont, Richard Deacon, Rod Serling, Ronald Reagan, Lucille Ball, Charlotte Rae, Marjorie Lord, Gloria Henry, Yvonne De Carlo, Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Esther Rolle, Karen Grassle, Bonnie Franklin, Vicki Lawrence, Phylicia Rashad, Jean Stapleton, June Lockhart, Isabel Sanford, Peter Graves, Alley Mills, Donna Reed, Tom Bosley, Mickey Rooney and Jane Wyatt.
57Her hobbies included gardening, dining, watching movies, listening to radio, tennis, drinking wine, spending time with her family, sewing and traveling.
58The youngest of three children.
59In 2007, she was singing at her former Leave It to Beaver (1957), co-star's, Jerry Mathers's, mother's 80th birthday party, when he returned from appearing on Broadway, in his debut role, as Wilbur Turnblad in "Hairspray".
60She had a bronze statue, created by Leave It to Beaver (1957) co-star Tony Dow, on display in her backyard garden.
61After her first acting role, on Broadway in "Straw Hat" (1937), closed after just four performances, she once found work as a model in order to support herself in New York City, while looking for further acting roles.
62Graduated from George Washington High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1934, but instead of seeking her first acting break in Hollywood, she moved to New York City to seek her break on Broadway.
63Best known by the public for her starring role as June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver (1957), which has been in continuous re-run/syndication since it ended it's original network television run in 1963.
64The Cleaver clan became the iconic 1950s American nuclear family. As the mother in the show, Barbara was often seen performing her household duties wearing complementary pearls and earrings. The pearls actually were her idea. The actress bore a noticeable surgical scar on her neck and wore a strand of pearls to conceal it from the cameras.
65Had two failed TV series in the early-to-mid 1950s before becoming a household commodity as June Cleaver in 1957.
66She and her first husband, Glenn Billingsley, a successful restaurateur, had two sons, Drew and Glenn, Jr. Since 1974, Drew and Glenn have owned and operated Billingsley's Restaurant in West Los Angeles, in the tradition of their father, and their great uncle, Sherman Billingsley, founder of New York City's very fashionable 1940s-era nightclub, The Stork Club.
67Billingsley was briefly related, by marriage (1940-1947), to actor/producer Peter Billingsley's father. Peter Billingsley is best known for his starring role as "Ralphie" in the seasonal TV-movie classic, A Christmas Story (1983). Barbara's first husband Glenn Billingsley's cousin is Peter's father.
68Before Barbara, director/husband Roy Kellino was married to actress/syndicated columnist Pamela Ostrer (later to become Pamela Mason). During Pamela's marriage to Roy, she went by the stage name Pamela Kellino. Pamela later married (and divorced) actor James Mason, thereby becoming Pam.
69Daughter-in-law of W.P. Kellino.
70She has two sons, Drew (b. 1942) and Brud (b. 1945), from her first marriage, to Glenn Billingsley, who was a nephew of Stork Club owner Sherman Billingsley.
71After having grown up in Los Angeles, she attended Los Angeles Junior College for one year before moving to New York City, seeking a career on Broadway. After several auditions, she won a part as "Lureen Lee" in a new play, "Straw Hat", which was to open just after Christmas 1937, on Broadway. Alas, "Straw Hat" closed after only four shows, forcing her to become a fashion model, at $60-a-week.
72After the death of her second husband, Roy Kellino (who died prematurely of a heart attack in 1956), Billingsley married Dr. William Mortensen, a Santa Monica physician and widower, who was an old friend of Barbara and Roy's during their marriage.


Studio 571957TV Series
Mr. Adams and Eve1957TV Series
Panic!1957TV SeriesMrs. Mason
The Box Brothers1956-1957TV SeriesBarbara
Cavalcade of America1953-1957TV SeriesHarriet Kohler / Dorothea Meadows
Make Room for Daddy1957TV SeriesMary Rogers
Matinee Theatre1956TV Series
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV SeriesMrs. Sloan
The Loretta Young Show1956TV SeriesConnie
You Are There1955TV SeriesCatherine Green
Schlitz Playhouse1952-1955TV SeriesClare Gibney / Olivia Bryant
Professional Father1955TV SeriesHelen Wilson
The Star and the Story1955TV Series
Four Star Playhouse1953-1955TV SeriesNina / Addy Bancroft / Betty
Day of Triumph1954Claudia - Wife of Pilate (uncredited)
Fireside Theatre1954TV Series
The Lone Wolf1954TV SeriesJean Arnold
The Pride of the Family1954TV Series
City Detective1953-1954TV SeriesBarbara Fuller / Lita
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1953TV Series
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson1953TV Series
The Abbott and Costello Show1953TV SeriesBecky the Cashier
Invaders from Mars1953Kelston's Secretary (uncredited)
The Lady Wants Mink1953Phyllis (uncredited)
The Bad and the Beautiful1952Evelyn Lucien, Costume Designer (uncredited)
Woman in the Dark1952Evelyn Courtney
Young Man with Ideas1952Aggie - Party Guest (uncredited)
Rebound1952TV SeriesPat
Invitation1952Miss Alvy - Simon's Secretary (uncredited)
Two Dollar Bettor1951Miss Pierson (as Barbara Billinsley)
Angels in the Outfield1951Hat Check Girl in Restaurant (uncredited)
The Tall Target1951Young Mother (uncredited)
Oh! Susanna1951Mrs. Lark (uncredited)
Inside Straight1951Miss Meadson
Three Guys Named Mike1951Ann White
Dial 11191950Dorothy, Editor's Secretary (uncredited)
Pretty Baby1950Edna the Receptionist
Trial Without Jury1950Rheta Mulford
Shadow on the Wall1950Olga
A Kiss for Corliss1949Miss Hibbs, Harry's Secretary (uncredited)
Prejudice1949Doris Green
Air Hostess1949Madeline Moore
Any Number Can Play1949Gambler (uncredited)
I Cheated the Law1949Ruth Campbell
Caught1949Store customer in flowered hat (uncredited)
The Sun Comes Up1949Nurse (uncredited)
Act of Violence1948voice, uncredited
The Valiant Hombre1948Linda Mason
The Saxon Charm1948Mrs. Maddox (uncredited)
Souvenirs of Death1948ShortJohnny's Mom (uncredited)
The Argyle Secrets1948Elizabeth Court
The Unfinished Dance1947Miss Morgan (uncredited)
The Romance of Rosy Ridge1947Wife (uncredited)
Living in a Big Way1947G.I. Bill's Wife (uncredited)
The Sea of Grass1947Bridesmaid (uncredited)
The Arnelo Affair1947Weil (uncredited)
The Secret Heart1946Saleswoman (uncredited)
Undercurrent1946Party Guest (uncredited)
Three Wise Fools1946Sister Mary Leonard (uncredited)
Faithful in My Fashion1946Mary - Department Store Clerk (uncredited)
Two Sisters from Boston1946Party Guest (uncredited)
Up Goes Maisie1946Barb's Friend at Maisie's Engagement Party (uncredited)
Adventure1945Dame #2 (uncredited)
So You Think You're Allergic1945ShortBlonde with Hives (uncredited)
Secret Santa2003TV MovieMiss Ruthie
Mysterious Ways2000TV SeriesAbby Westmore
Leave It to Beaver1997Aunt Martha
The Mommies1993-1994TV SeriesJeanne - Marilyn's Mom / Caryl's mother
Murphy Brown1994TV SeriesMrs. Stritch
Bobby's World1993TV Series
Empty Nest1991TV SeriesWinifred McConnell
Muppet Babies1984-1991TV SeriesNanny
Hi Honey, I'm Home1991TV SeriesJune Cleaver
Parker Lewis Can't Lose1991TV SeriesMs. Musso's Mother
Monsters1989TV SeriesSheila
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989TV SeriesMirahda
The New Leave It to Beaver1983-1989TV SeriesJune Cleaver
Baby Boom1988TV SeriesJune Cleaver
Going to the Chapel1988
Bay Coven1987TV MovieBeatrice Gower
Back to the Beach1987Announcer
The Love Boat1983-1987TV SeriesJune Cleaver / Phyllis Cowens
The New Mike Hammer1987TV SeriesSister Superior Paula
Amazing Stories1985TV SeriesJune Cleaver
Silver Spoons1984TV SeriesMiss Bugden
Movie Macabre1984TV SeriesJune Cleaver
High School U.S.A.1984TV MovieMrs. McCarthy
Still the Beaver1983TV MovieJune Cleaver
Mork & Mindy1982TV SeriesMrs. Louise Bailey
Airplane!1980Jive Lady
The F.B.I.1971TV SeriesMrs. Rankin / Joan Conner
Leave It to Beaver1957-1963TV SeriesJune Cleaver
The Careless Years1957Helen Meredith


Leave It to Beaver1960TV Series performer - 1 episode


Brown Bread Sandwiches1989special thanks


TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV2003TV Special documentaryHerself
Inside TV Land: Style and Fashion2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Larry King Live2000TV SeriesHerself
The O'Reilly Factor1997TV SeriesHerself
Roseanne1995TV SeriesHerself - June Cleaver, TV Mom #1
Vicki!1992TV SeriesHerself
5th Annual Soap Opera Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Family Comedy Hour1987TV SpecialHerself
The New Leave It to Beaver1987TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
Our Time1985TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1984TV SeriesHerself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1983TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1983TV SeriesHerself
Today1980TV SeriesHerself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
The George Gobel Show1958TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryJune Cleaver
The O'Reilly Factor2008-2013TV SeriesJune Cleaver (segment "Watters' World") / Herself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
Forensic Files2005TV Series documentaryJune Cleaver
Boy Meets World1994TV SeriesJune Cleaver
General Electric Summer Originals1956TV Series

Won Awards

2005CamieCharacter and Morality in Entertainment AwardsSecret Santa (2003)

Nominated Awards

1990Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesMuppet Babies (1984)
1989Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesMuppet Babies (1984)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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