Baby boomers are mourning the loss of their TV mom. Barbara Billingsley, aka “June Cleaver,” died Saturday. She was 94.
She was Wally and the Beav’s mom, and in our age-shrouded minds, she represented all the mothers of our generation.
That is, if our moms wore dresses and a nice string of pearls all day every day. Or if our moms never raised their voices, or never introduced us to the taste of a bar of Ivory soap. For that matter, I don’t recall June ever saying, “Get out of the house and don’t come home until supper!”
Still, we remember Barbara Billingsley/June Cleaver as the representative of a generation of moms, acing out the likes of Donna Reed and Jane Wyatt for the honor.
And we treasure her for her career encore, going against type in “Airplane!”
Thanks, Mrs. Cleaver. You sure were swell.