RIP - Barbara Billingsley
June Cleaver: the other mom we loved
'Beaver's' mother still TV mom against which real-life moms are measured
NEW YORK — They were the moms every kid of that generation longed for.
They were the fantasy moms of 1950s sitcoms. Margaret Anderson of "Father Knows Best" (played by Jane Wyatt). Donna Stone of "The Donna Reed Show." Harriet Nelson in the TV version of her real-life self on "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet."
But towering above them all was Barbara Billingsley. It was 53 years ago that she became Beaver Cleaver's mom. And at her death on Saturday at age 94, she remained so for millions of "Leave It to Beaver" fans, as well as remaining their own mom, too, in some TV-generated alternative universe.
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Nothing against real-life moms, of course. It's just that the sitcom moms that June Cleaver epitomized were a different breed. A dream. A standard of maternal excellence that (as any kid back then might have hoped at bad moments) real-life moms should take a few lessons from.
Billingsley's June: the other mom we loved - Entertainment - Television - TODAYshow.com
She was kind of a prude...always warning Ward about being too hard on the Beaver.
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