She started her career in New York City, appearing in the Broadway play, Straw Hat, and then worked as a fashion model. As an actress on the silver screen, she had usually uncredited roles in major motion picture productions in the 1940s. These roles continued into the first half of the 1950s and led to lead roles on the sitcoms Professional Father and The Brothers.
She is best known for her role as matriarch June Cleaver on the sitcom Leave It to Beaver. The show ran from 1957 to 1963 and proved to be very lucrative for Billingsley. However, when the show ended, she was typecast as saccharine sweet, and did not receive any acting jobs for years. After a long absence from the public eye, she appeared in the movie Airplane! in 1980. Her most famous line from the film, in which she said Stewardess? I speak jive! was quoted in popular culture for many years after the fact.
She appeared in a Leave It to Beaver reunion movie and in a subsequent revival television series, Still the Beaver. At the same time, she did the voice of Nanny on Muppet Babies from 1984 to 1991, and gained a new audience completely.
She and her first husband, Glenn Billingsley, had two sons, Drew and Brud. After their divorce, she married Roy Kellino, and, after his death, she married Dr. William Mortenson.
Barbara Billingsley Facts
|Birth Name||Barbara Lillian Combes|
|Birthday||December 22, 1922 (95)|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Height||5' 5" (1m65) How tall is Barbara Billingsley compared to you?|
|Shadows of P'jem|
|Somewhere in Time|
|Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series|
|Leave It to Beaver|
|Back to the Beach|
|Leave it to Beaver: Season 3|
|Family Favorites 4 Movie Collection|