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Barbara Billingsley of Leave it to Beaver fame dies CNN) -- Barbara Billingsley, who wore a classy pearl necklace and dispensed pearls of wisdom as America's quintessential mom on "Leave it to Beaver," has died at age 94, a family spokeswoman said Saturday. The actress passed away at 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Saturday at her home in Santa Monica, California, after a long illness, spokeswoman Judy Twersky said. A private memorial is being planned. "America's favorite mother is now gone. I feel very fortunate to have been her 'son,' " actor Tony Dow, who played Wally Cleaver, said in a statement. "We were wonderful friends and I will miss her very much. My deepest sympathies to her sons, Glenn and Drew, and her entire family." Actor Jerry Mathers, who played Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, spoke of Billingsley's talent during a 2000 appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live." "Barbara was always a true role model for me. She was a great actress," he said. "And in a lot of ways ... we kind of stifled her, because her true talent didn't really come out in 'Leave it Beaver.' She was like the straight man, but she has an awful lot of talent." The actress won a new legion of fans in a brief but memorable scene in the 1980 send-up movie "Airplane." "Oh, stewardess. I speak jive," Billingsley said in her role as a passenger attempting to comfort an ill man on the flight. From the moment its catchy theme song sounded in black-and-white TV sets of the 1950s, "Leave it to Beaver" enthralled Americans during a time of relative prosperity and world peace. Its characters represented middle-class white America. June Cleaver dutifully pecked her husband, Ward (played by the late Hugh Beaumont), when he came home to learn about the latest foibles -- nothing serious -- committed by Beaver and Wally. The parents would dispense moral advice to their sons. The boys' friends included Lumpy and the obsequious Eddie Haskell, who avoided trouble and often buttered up Ward and June. "That's a lovely dress you're wearing, Mrs. Cleaver," Eddie would typically say to Billingsley's character. Perhaps fittingly, "Leave it to Beaver" was canceled in 1963 on the eve of the JFK assassination, the Vietnam War and the tumult of the 1960s. Born December 22, 1915, in Los Angeles, Billingsley began her career as a model in New York City in 1936. She was under contract to MGM in 1945 before becoming a household name with the launch of "Leave it to Beaver" in 1957. Billingsley is survived by her two sons, Drew Billingsley of Granada Hills, California, and Glenn Billingsley of Phillips Ranch, California. Asked once to compare real-life families to TV families, Billingsley responded, "I just wish that we could have more families like those. Family is so important, and I just don't think we have enough people staying home with their babies and their children."
Tags: Leave  it  to  Beaver  Barbara  Billingsly 
Added: 16th October 2010
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US War Effort During WW II Tags: US  War  Effort  During  WW  II  Glenn  Miller  St.  Louis  Blues  March 
Added: 13th January 2011
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Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. Because of the secrecy of the project, Bell and Yeager's achievement was not announced until June 1948.
Tags: Chuck  Yeager  Breaks  Sound  Barrier  Bell  X-1  National  Advisory  Committee  for  Aeronautics  NACA    U.S.  Army  Air  Forces  Bell  Aircraft  Glamorous  Glennis 
Added: 14th October 2014
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Roseanne- Halloween Pranks Tags: Roseanne-  Halloween  Pranks  Roseanne  Barr  John  Goodman  Laurie  Metcalf  Sara  Gilbert  Michael  Fishman  Lecy  Goranson  Sarah  Chalke  Johnny  Galecki  Natalie  West  Glenn  Quinn  Estelle  Parsons  Sandra  Bernhard  Michael  O'Keefe  Martin  Mull 
Added: 19th October 2014
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Roseanne Thanksgiving Tags: Roseanne  Thanksgiving  Roseanne  Barr  John  Goodman  Laurie  Metcalf  Sara  Gilbert  Michael  Fishman  Lecy  Goranson  Sarah  Chalke  Johnny  Galecki  Natalie  West  Glenn  Quinn  Estelle  Parsons  Sandra  Bernhard  Michael  O'Keefe  Martin  Mull 
Added: 26th November 2014
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John Glenn Returns To Space Tags: John  Glenn  Returns  To  Space  Space  Shuttle  NASA  National  Aeronautical  Space  Administration  elderly  senior  citizen  space  travel 
Added: 29th October 2015
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Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Passes at 67 A message on THE EAGLES website confirms that founding member/guitarist GLENN FREY has died at the age of 67. FREY had surgery in NOVEMBER and has been suffering from intestinal issues for months. He relapsed before the holidays, forcing THE EAGLES to pull out of their KENNEDY CENTER HONORS appearance in DECEMBER. "GLENN fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia," the message stated. "The FREY family would like to thank everyone who joined GLENN to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide."
Tags: Eagles  Glen  Frey  Hotel  California  You  Belong  To  The  City  Desperado  Rock  And  Roll  Classic  Rock 
Added: 18th January 2016
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Posted By: Steve
Bugs Bunny For Tang Tags: Bugs  Bunny  For  Tang  General  Foods  Corporation    NASA  John  Glenn 
Added: 26th January 2016
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