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Barbara Billingsley, mother on 'Leave It to Beaver,' dies at 94
LA Times ^ | 17 Oct 2010 | Dennis McLellan

Posted on 10/17/2010 2:43:48 AM PDT by ICE-FLYER

Barbara Billingsley, who played June Cleaver, the quintessential 1950s sitcom mom on "Leave It to Beaver," and later did a memorable send-up of her white-bread image playing the "jive-talking" passenger in the hit comedy "Airplane!," has died. She was 94.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywood; leaveittobeaver; obituary
Rest in Peace lovely lady!!! The left hated what you portrayed but Americans love you for what you represented.
1 posted on 10/17/2010 2:43:51 AM PDT by ICE-FLYER
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To: ICE-FLYER

RIP


2 posted on 10/17/2010 2:47:32 AM PDT by screaming eagle2 (no matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle,IS STILL A USED CAR!)
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To: ICE-FLYER
I have an instinct that she was, in real life, close to the character she portrayed!

Great model, thanks, and my Our Lord shower you, Mrs. Cleaver, with His Infinite Divine Mercy and Saving Love.

3 posted on 10/17/2010 2:55:41 AM PDT by J Edgar
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To: ICE-FLYER
I can see the Beaver's mom. Mrs. Cleaver, clear as can be, her smile, perfectly coiffed hair, shirtwaist dress showing off her nice figure in a modest way, and her mid-size high heels and clean, neat apron. The character was no Pollyanna; she had just enough of irony -a great mom. Today's Leftist TV shows glorify the anti-family and characters whose actions and life choices would have brought deep shame on any American family.
4 posted on 10/17/2010 3:04:27 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: ICE-FLYER; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
Beaver's Mom... is gone--

Words here... fail me.

5 posted on 10/17/2010 4:07:10 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: ICE-FLYER

6 posted on 10/17/2010 4:22:26 AM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: beaversmom

Ping


7 posted on 10/17/2010 4:25:54 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

In the old sitcoms the characters spoke to one another in a civil tone. At some point, the shouting and insults took over, but I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to when/what show.


8 posted on 10/17/2010 4:30:32 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (All sweat, no equity)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
At some point, the shouting and insults took over, but I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to when/what show.

Try Jackie Gleason in the Honeymooners.

"To the moon, Alice. Bang, zoom."

9 posted on 10/17/2010 4:37:55 AM PDT by Ole Okie (American.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
"...but I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to when/what show."

My vote for that would be "All in the Family". Which is why I always felt uncomfortable watching it back then and would only do it now and then... Seeing the corrosive results of some of the crap that was bandied about in it keeps me from being interested in wasting a moment of my time watching any reruns of the thing.

My Mom didn't wear pearls and we were probably still just renting TVs (for big news events) at that point so we didn't see that many of the episodes at the time that they were made. But later, when I saw those fairy tales and fables of American life in the 50s and 60s, I recognized that they taught the same life lessons our parents worked to impress on us.

I'm thankful to 'em all. RIP BB
10 posted on 10/17/2010 5:02:08 AM PDT by BWDog
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To: ICE-FLYER

The kind of mom everyone deserves. June Cleaver harkens back to my youth and the days when I actually watched Television shows for entertainment. A sad day for legacy TV watchers everywhere.


11 posted on 10/17/2010 5:13:24 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: ICE-FLYER
"That's a very lovely shroud you're wearing, Mrs. Cleaver!"

--Eddie Haskell

Regards,

12 posted on 10/17/2010 5:24:30 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

Don’t forget her pearls!

One of the finest half hour television shows in history. Anyone who thinks Ward and June were always kind and bland don’t know the show. As Wally grows up on the show Hugh Beaumont’s exasperation with his dopey kid becomes more and more evident.

And Mrs. Cleaver NEVER bought Eddie Haskel’s act.


13 posted on 10/17/2010 5:27:30 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: ICE-FLYER

Seemed like a sweet lady, had a good career and a long life. I hope she went easily, RIP


14 posted on 10/17/2010 5:51:08 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: ICE-FLYER

“Jus’ hang loose, blood. Sista be comin back om rebound wit sumpin om med side..”


15 posted on 10/17/2010 6:11:59 AM PDT by scottinoc
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To: ICE-FLYER

One of the funniest scenes ever...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymMBEwtRZOg


16 posted on 10/17/2010 6:12:39 AM PDT by Holen1
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To: ICE-FLYER

Man. Sorry to hear this.


17 posted on 10/17/2010 6:27:21 AM PDT by Egon (The difference between Theory and Practice: In Theory, there is no difference.)
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To: Holen1

She delivered one of the funniest lines ever on television, “Ward, don’t you think you were a little hard of The Beaver last night?”

She was a trooper. Bless her soul.


18 posted on 10/17/2010 6:33:08 AM PDT by neocon1984
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To: ICE-FLYER

RIP


19 posted on 10/17/2010 6:51:25 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: neocon1984
“Ward, don’t you think you were a little hard on The Beaver last night?”

I must have missed that one. LOL LOL LOL!

20 posted on 10/17/2010 7:14:13 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Bender2

I never watched ‘Leave It to Beaver.’ *sigh*


21 posted on 10/17/2010 7:16:30 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

Yes and I loved that to the very end she dressed up. I refuse as a woman in my early 50’s...I REFUSE to let queers of fashion tell me what to wear when to wear it and when to bare it all!! Of course at my age I’d be crazy to bare it all ..lol! BUT, I love the the fashion I grew up with...mom in her dresses and heels. I wear less jeans now and more dresses and skirts with my jewelery. I don’t give a rats butt if it’s out of fashion...I don’t give a BLEEP, BLEEP anymore! I shop at thrifty stores for past fashions because what is in the stores is literally Monstrosity and cater to teenyboppers! This is my way of revolting against the fashion industry and the multimillion bucks those designers continue to bag. Yes I do sometimes dress like Barbara Billingsley and I LOVE IT! Makes me feel feminine and beautiful!! I love the Audrey Hepburn look along with the rest of the 5O’s look. Those dresses and jewlery are harder to come by now a day...:( I will continue the hunt but I have finally realize THIS IS ME!


22 posted on 10/17/2010 8:09:08 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: ICE-FLYER
Leave it to Beaver certainly depicted a time of greater innocence. I remember seeing a rerun of an episode at an airline frequent flyer's club where Ward told June he “...was going to go right downtown and look for Beaver” The whole place erupted in laughter.
23 posted on 10/17/2010 8:28:42 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: ICE-FLYER
Barbara (as June Cleaver) wore the pearls to cover up what she called "a hollow in my neck." As for the heels, she said she wore them because the boys were growing so fast, she felt she needed to maintain a little bit of height over them.

I did see her (as June Cleaver) sporting a sweatshirt and jeans, while she was doing some heavy-duty cleaning outside.

24 posted on 10/17/2010 9:06:31 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Don Corleone; neocon1984
“Ward, don’t you think you were a little hard on The Beaver last night?”

That is an alltime classic !

It was in my early high school years, as I recall, when that episode ran. If a kid didn't see that episode, he sure heard about it within 24 hours! A hilarious event that could be shared (a little bit.....very carefully) between young and old.

STILL one of the best known T.V. script lines of all time, I'd say.

Nam Vet

25 posted on 10/17/2010 9:38:47 AM PDT by Nam Vet (Are you better off than you were 4 trillion dollars ago?)
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To: ICE-FLYER
May God bless and keep you Barbara Billingsley. I grew up with Wally and 'The Beav'.

Nam Vet

26 posted on 10/17/2010 9:43:05 AM PDT by Nam Vet (Are you better off than you were 4 trillion dollars ago?)
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To: Rastus

Thanks for the ping. I saw that headline on FB last night. Wow, she really made it to quite an age! RIP


27 posted on 10/17/2010 10:25:06 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: fieldmarshaldj

ping


28 posted on 10/17/2010 12:09:02 PM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: ICE-FLYER

“Excuse me,I speak jive”. How funny was that?


29 posted on 10/22/2010 1:28:33 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (The road to hell is paved with good intentions)
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