Barbara Billingsley Early and Personal Life

barbara-billingsley-early-and-personal-lifeBarbara Billingsley was an American film, television, voice and stage actress, who in her five decades of television came to prominence in the 1950s on the big screen in The Careless Years opposite Natalie Trundy, followed by her best-known role, that of June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver and its sequel Still the Beaver (also known as The New Leave It to Beaver).

Barbara Billingsley Early and Personal Life: Barbara Billingsley was born Barbara Lillian Combes in Los Angeles, California in 1915, the daughter of Robert Collyer Combes, who was an assistant chief of police, and Lillian A. (née McLaughlin) Combes, who worked in a factory. She was the youngest of three children. When she was an adolescent her parents divorced. When she was in second grade, Billingsley fell in love with drama. She was a popular student at Los Angeles’s George Washington High School (now Washington Preparatory High School), where she performed in all the school plays. Billingsley was voted “Class Queen”. She graduated from George Washington in 1934.

She and her first husband, Glenn Billingsley, a successful restaurateur, had two sons, Drew and Glenn, Jr. Since 1974, Drew and Glenn have owned and operated Billingsley’s Steak House restaurant in West Los Angeles, in the tradition of their father and their great-uncle, Sherman Billingsley, founder of New York City’s very fashionable 1940s-era nightclub, the Stork Club.

Barbara and Glenn Billingsley divorced in 1947, but she kept his surname professionally. She later married Roy Kellino, a director. After Kellino’s death, she married Dr. William Mortensen, who died in 1981. She was related by marriage to actor/producer Peter Billingsley. Her first husband Glenn’s cousin was Peter’s mother, Gail Billingsley.

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