Barbara Billingsley

Actress


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In her three-hour Archive interview, Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010) discusses her early film career at MGM. She then talks about her eventual television roles on Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Four Star Playhouse and Matinee Theatre. She also speaks in detail about her her work on the series Professional Father and The Brothers – two parts she played before her defining role as "June Cleaver" on the series Leave it to Beaver and The New Leave it to Beaver. Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 14, 2000 in Santa Monica, CA.

"People stopped me on the street and said 'I can't live up to you.' Of course, they're referring to 'June Cleaver.' Barbara Billingsley is more apt to wear jeans and things like that."

Highlights
Barbara Billingsley on well-known aspects of Leave it to Beaver and her character, "June Cleaver" 
10:41
Barbara Billingsley on some classic episodes of Leave it to Beaver
06:08
Barbara Billingsley on "June Cleaver's" high heels and pearls
01:07
Barbara Billingsley on her role in "Airplane" as the jive-speaking woman
02:59
Barbara Billinglsey on how she would like to be remembered
03:39
Barbara Billingsley on being cast for the pilot of Leave it to Beaver, "It's A Small World" which aired as a teleplay on the anthology series Studio 57
04:29
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early years growing up in Los Angeles; on her education and interest in theater
11:59
On being signed to a contract with MGM and her early impressions of television
07:22
On her first television work on Schlitz Playhouse of Stars and Four Star Theater
08:35

Chapter 2

On her early television roles on Four Star Playhouse, Matinee Theatre, and Climax!
07:26
On her regular role on Professional Father
06:21
On her role on The Brothers and her tryout for a permanent role on Make Room for Daddy
06:58
On being cast for the pilot of Leave it to Beaver, "It's A Small World" which aired as a teleplay on the anthology series Studio 57
04:29

Chapter 3

On playing June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver, including many production and cast details
18:35
On working with the young actors on Leave it to Beaver
09:09

Chapter 4

On working with Richard Deacon, and Leave it to Beaver producers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher
07:20
On Leave it to Beaver storylines, the town of "Mayfield," and some of the shows writers and producers
14:50
On some classic episodes of Leave it to Beaver
06:07

Chapter 5

On the first episode of Leave it to Beaver and having the distinction of being in every episode of the series; on the show going off the air; on her role in "Airplane" as the jive-speaking woman
15:14
On starring on The New Leave it to Beaver; on guest-starring on the Mork & Mindy episode "Cheerleader in Chains"; on voicing "Nanny" on Jim Henson's Muppet Babies; on guest-starring on the Amazing Stories episode "The Remote Control Man"
13:30

Chapter 6

On some of her guest appearances in films and television series and her thoughts on the Leave it to Beaver feature film
11:28
On her advice to aspiring actors; her family; the legacy of Leave it to Beaver; and how she'd like to be remembered
12:30

Chapter 7

On b-roll photos from her career
12:08
Shows

Amazing Stories

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Barbara Billingsley on guest-starring on the Amazing Stories episode "The Remote Control Man"
00:58

Climax!

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Barbara Billingsley on working on a Climax! teleplay "The Thirteenth Chair" with Ethel Barrymore
01:29

Danny Thomas Show, The aka Make Room for Daddy

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Barbara Billingsley on guesting on Make Room for Daddy in the episode "Danny's Date" (airdate: January 14, 1957)  as a tryout for the role of his new wife
01:00

Empty Nest

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Barbara Billingsley on her guest appearance on Empty Nest episode "My Nurse is Back and There's Gonna Be Trouble" (airdate: December 14, 1991)
01:03

Four Star Playhouse

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Barbara Billingsley on her work on Four Star Playhouse
01:48

Jim Henson's Muppet Babies

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Barbara Billingsley on voicing "Nanny" on Jim Henson's Muppet Babies
03:23

Leave it to Beaver

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Barbara Billingsley on being cast for the pilot of Leave it to Beaver, "It's A Small World" which aired as a teleplay on the anthology series Studio 57
04:25
Barbara Billingsley on well-known aspects of Leave it to Beaver and her character, "June Cleaver" 
10:41
Barbara Billingsley on working with Hugh Beaumont on Leave it to Beaver
03:20
Barbara Billingsley on the character of "Beaver Cleaver" and working with Jerry Mathers on Leave it to Beaver
03:29
Barbara Billingsley on working with some of the younger actors on Leave it to Beaver
09:09
Barbara Billingsley on Leave it to Beaver producers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher
06:39
Barbara Billingsley on Leave it to Beaver storylines, the town of "Mayfield," and some of the shows writers and producers
14:50
Barbara Billingsley on some classic episodes of Leave it to Beaver
06:07
Barbara Billingsley on the first episode of Leave it to Beaver and having the distinction of being in every episode of the series
08:53

Mork & Mindy

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Barbara Billingsley on guest starring on the Mork & Mindy episode "Cheerleader in Chains"
00:34

Murphy Brown

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Barbara Billingsley on her guest appearance on the Murphy Brown episode "Crime Story"
00:45

NBC Matinee Theater

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Barbara Billingsley on appearing on Matinee Theatre live broadcasts
03:04

New Leave it to Beaver, The

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Barbara Billingsley on reprising her role as "June Cleaver" on The New Leave it to Beaver (aka Still the Beaver)
08:27

Professional Father

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Barbara Billingsley on co-starring on Professional Father, her first series role
03:27

Roseanne

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Barbara Billingsley on guesting on the Roseanne episode "All About Rose"
01:29

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars aka Celebrity Playhouse

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Barbara Billingsley on her work on Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
06:39

Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The

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Barbara Billingsley on guesting on The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno
01:12
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Barbara Billingsley on "June Cleaver's" high heels and pearls
01:06

Hollywood Blacklist

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Barbara Billingsley on the Hollywood Blacklist
01:35

Industry Crossroads

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Barbara Billingsley on the Hollywood Blacklist
01:35

Pop Culture

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Barbara Billingsley on "June Cleaver's" high heels and pearls
01:06

Television Industry

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Barbara Billingsley on the Hollywood Blacklist
01:35
Professions

Performer

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Barbara Billingsley on her advice to aspiring performers
02:37
Genres

Animation

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Barbara Billingsley on voicing "Nanny" on Jim Henson's Muppet Babies
03:23

Comedy Series

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Barbara Billingsley on the legacy of Leave it to Beaver
03:10
People

Frank Bank

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Barbara Billingsley on working with the young actors on Leave it to Beaver
08:09

Ethel Barrymore

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Barbara Billingsley on working on a Climax! teleplay "The Thirteenth Chair" with Ethel Barrymore
01:29

Hugh Beaumont

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Barbara Billingsley on being cast for the pilot of Leave it to Beaver, "It's A Small World" which aired as a teleplay on the anthology series Studio 57
04:25
Barbara Billingsley on working with Hugh Beaumont on Leave it to Beaver
03:19

Candice Bergen

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Barbara Billingsley on her guest appearance on the Murphy Brown episode "Crime Story"
00:45

Joe Connelly

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Barbara Billingsley on Leave it to Beaver producers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher
06:39

Richard Deacon

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Barbara Billingsley on Leave it to Beaver castmember Richard Deacon
00:40

Tony Dow

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Barbara Billingsley on working with the young actors on Leave it to Beaver
08:09

Stanley Fafara

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Barbara Billingsley on working with the young actors on Leave it to Beaver
08:09

Katharine Hepburn

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Barbara Billingsley on working with Katharine Hepburn while under contract with MGM
01:07

Jay Leno

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Barbara Billingsley on guesting on The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno

Jerry Mathers

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Barbara Billingsley on being cast for the pilot of Leave it to Beaver, "It's A Small World" which aired as a teleplay on the anthology series Studio 57
04:25
Barbara Billingsley on the character of "Beaver Cleaver" and working with Jerry Mathers on Leave it to Beaver
03:29

Bob Mosher

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Barbara Billingsley on Leave it to Beaver producers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher
06:39

Ken Osmond

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Barbara Billingsley on working with the young actors on Leave it to Beaver
08:09

William Self

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Barbara Billingsley on her work on Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, produced by William Self
06:48

Rod Serling

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Barbara Billingsley briefly on her friendship with Rod Serling
01:14

Max Showalter

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Barbara Billingsley on being cast for the pilot of Leave it to Beaver, "It's A Small World" which aired as a teleplay on the anthology series Studio 57
04:25

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