Baby Boomers lost a little bit of their childhood today. June Cleaver has passed away at her home in Santa Monica after a long illness. She was 94. Through 5 decades of television she was always a familiar and reassuring presence, especially in the 1950s and early 1960s sitcom Leave It To Beaver. She even made fun of her “Mom” image in the 1980 spoof Airplane! by playing the passenger who could speak jive. Actor Jerry Mathers, who played Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, spoke of Billingsley’s talent during a 2000 CNN appearance: ”She was a great actress. And in a lot of ways … we kind of stifled her, because her true talent didn’t really come out.”

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