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Barbara Billingsley, 'Leave It to Beaver' star

Barbara Billingsley, the actress who played June Cleaver on "Leave It to Beaver," the classic 1950s TV show about suburban family life, has died at 94.

As Adam Bernstein, our resident pop culture expert, writes: "June Cleaver was presented as the flawless housewife, lovingly going through the motions of running a home: stuffing celery with peanut butter, vacuuming in high heels, greeting her husband when he came home at night and tucking in her two adorable sons."

Billingsley also had a memorable part in the 1980 spoof "Airplane!," in which she utters the memorable line, "Oh, stewardess, I speak jive." View the scene here.


By Matt Schudel  | October 16, 2010; 6:20 PM ET
 
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I will always remember her famous line: "Ward? Don't you think you were a little hard on the Beaver last night?"

Posted by: eteeuwe | October 16, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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