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Barbara Billingsley

Barbara 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 (1957–1963) and its sequel Still the Beaver (1985–1988, retitled in season two as The New Leave It to Beaver). Billingsley was born Barbara Lillian Combes in Los Angeles, in 1915, the youngest child of patrolman Robert Collyer Combes (1891–1950) and his first wife, the former Lillian Agnes McLaughlin. She had one elder sibling, Elizabeth (1911–1992). Her parents divorced sometime before her fourth birthday, and her father, who later became an assistant chief of police, remarried. After her divorce, Lillian Combes went to work as a foreman at a knitting mill. Billingsley fell in love with drama in the second grade, and during her years at George Washington High School in Los Angeles (now Washington Preparatory High School), she performed in all the school plays. She was voted "Class Queen", and graduated from George Washington in 1934. She used the name Barbara Combes until 1941.

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Barbara Billingsley's Will -- A Family Affair

Barbara Billingsley's Will -- A Family Affair

Barbara Billingsley has kept it close in death, leaving much of her estate to her two kids.Barbara -- who played June Cleaver on "Leave It to Beaver" and the woman who spoke jive in "Airplane!"--… READ MORE >

The Beaver 'Saddened' by Death of Barbara Billingsley

The Beaver 'Saddened' by Death of Barbara Billingsley

Jerry Mathers, who played The Beaver on "Leave It to Beaver" just gave this statement to TMZ on the passing of Barbara Billingsley:"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and lifetime… READ MORE >

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Barbara Billingsley Dies

Barbara Billingsley Dies

Barbara Billingsley -- best known for playing June Cleaver on "Leave It to Beaver" -- passed away this morning. She was 94.A spokesperson says Billingsley died early Saturday at her home in Santa… READ MORE >

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