See, now that's why I thought this thread was better left to more capable hands than myself!
ClarkKent_DC said:See, now that's why I thought this thread was better left to more capable hands than myself!
If I had adhered to my first instinct, CK, yours might have been the only comment on the thread. I hadn't intended to write anything about Barbara Billingsley or Leave It to Beaver.
When I first read of Miss Billingsley's passing a couple of days ago, a thought occurred to me, one that has occurred to me before. Outside of her memorable scene in Airport, Barbara Billingsley never acted in any other part of real significance. I suppose one could attribute that to typecasting, and of course, I never knew how Miss Billingsley felt about how being June Cleaver affected the rest of her career.
But however and whatever it did, playing June Cleaver made Barbara Billingsley an icon of Americana, a beloved part of the cultural memory of millions of people in America and around the world. It's almost impossible to grasp living with that kind of status.
But I have no doubt that Barbara Billingsley did so with impeccable grace and charm.