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The Beaver 'Saddened' by Death of Barbara Billingsley

10/16/2010 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jerry Mathers, who played The Beaver on "Leave It to Beaver" just gave this statement to TMZ on the passing of Barbara Billingsley:

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"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and lifetime mentor Barbara Billingsley. She will live in the hearts of her fans as a wonderful actress and be remembered by her friends as a gracious lady. Barbara was a patient advisor and teacher. She helped me along this challenging journey through life by showing me the importance of manners, and respect for others. She will be deeply missed by all of her family, friends, fans and most especially by me."

As for Jerry, he also tells TMZ he's "excited to be getting married in January at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach."

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31.

DJ    

I met Barbara Billingsley back in the 70's. What a classy lady. We will miss you. Our country needs some classy ladies like you right now.

1406 days ago
32.

Zippy T. Pinhead    

Gee Beav, what are we gonna do now?

1406 days ago
33.

henry    

good bye my friend, i cared more than you knew...............

1406 days ago
34.

LongJohn69    

The only woman who could wear a pearl necklace and NOT make me think of a whore!

1406 days ago
35.

RickK -Toronto    

She was a talented lady. Very likeable and she had great comedic timing. Barbara Billingsley played the perfect wife so perfectly in Leave It To Beaver. She had class and was respectable even if you didn't know her. I remember her performance on the comedy Airplane. She was under-utilized as an actress and should have done more work. Sorry to hear about her passing.

1406 days ago
36.

Jamie    

She was so beautiful. Take notes, kids. You don't need a fake rack and spray tan to be gorgeous.

1406 days ago
37.

JimmyB    

RIP...A true icon of television.

1406 days ago
38.

beau     

i wish all mother's could be like Barbara ..She had a long life RIP "June"

1406 days ago
39.

mat    

OMG! The Beaver has turned into a Racoon!!!

1406 days ago
40.

lucy    

Sorry for her familys loss...what a wonderful lady..I grew up watching leave it to beaver and yes like alot of people wished she was my mom...she will be missed!

1406 days ago
41.

Craven    

"Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver..."

"Now, now, June- he's only getting married. And hey- you're dead!"

1406 days ago
42.

spadoink    

Who can forget her in 'Airplane' as the paasenger who knew how to talk 'JIVE'!!! Oh and that Beaver show too.

1406 days ago
43.

K Sturgeon    

This is so sad. I watch re-runs of Leave it to Beaver every chance I get. It will always be one of my favorite "older" shows. Everyone in it was wonderful, I could watch the same episodes over and over. Whenever I am sick, and have to stay in bed, the first thing I look for is "Leave it to Beaver" shows. They make me feel peaceful and happy. RIP Barbara, everyone wanted a Mom like you!

1406 days ago
44.

Nona    

in response to jintz #15 - Class is an attitude, not an accessory. I've seen plenty women wearing pearls that have absolutely no class and many a tattooed clad woman having more grace and poise in their pinky finger. One should never judge a book by the cover as there are many great stories beneath tattered covers.

1406 days ago
45.

Carrie    

RIP regards to the family

1406 days ago
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