Silver Screen Artists

Barbara Billingsley (JUNE CLEAVER!) in a Candid Video: Backyard Picnic from 1958!

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When we think of our heroes we all have a mental list that we consult, scroll through and pull forward when the time calls for it. Over the decades we have sought the land of make believe and it is a certain breed of imagination that we are searching for. Be it through the power of fairy tale via written word or detective program on our televisions we seek an escape, even if it is just for a short moment in our busy lives. Some may find that they are filling a void that their own life simply cannot foster and other times it is purely the need for surafcae entertainment. We all go through different phases as well and our genre of sought entertainment may sway here and there as we get older, more stable and more experienced. Now, think back to your childhood. Whether you were a family that watched TV or not you can probably pinpoint some fictional character that you would look up to, respect and even go as far as talking to this character in your own way. Over the decades we have surely been provided with a vast array of fictional characters as well.

 

 

 

We have seen the inception to the "bad guy", the "hero", the "victim" and the "plain Jane". Wherever your heart leads you to you found comfort in knowing that these characters were there for you no matter what circumstances your daily life may have been serving up. These characters never swayed in appearance, mission or statement. They were a constant that we came to rely on week after week and sometimes our own lives began to take shape via our observed "heroes"...With so many iconic figures to choose from we can clearly pull a good handful forward and say that they were clearly the cream of the crop when it comes to being an iconic figure in fictional landscapes. Certain characters have certainly stood the test of time and have become more than just household names, they have become role model fixtures in a timeless manner that people look up to decade after decade. It really takes something special to acheive this status and to continue carrying the torch... That's a whole new ball game. One fictional mother, out there in TV land, is the ever beautiful June Cleaver, portrayed by Barbara Billingsley, on the iconic super-show Leave it to Beaver. Even in this year of 2016 people still strive to "be" June Cleaver! Imagine that! The show only ran for 6 seasons, giving us 234 episodes! And this all started back in 1957! Sure there was a reprise in the 1980s and the "New" Leave it to Beaver came around the bend...but it was these 6 seasons, the very beginning, that solidified the concept of June Cleaver in the hearts of the viewers! We place a character of this caliber upon such a pedestal that we even sometimes forget that they are, at the end of the day, human! In just 6 seasons Barbara Billingsley personified that "American vision" of the perfect housewife in the perfect family in the perfect neighborhood. She will forever be remembered as a vision of grace...a piece of perfection.

 

 

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